SBD/May 24, 2012/Leagues and Governing Bodies

MLB Commissioner Bud Selig "Emphatic" About Intention To Step Down After '14 Season

Selig doesn't see himself staying on past '14, but said he will help choose a successor
MLB Commissioner Bud Selig was "emphatic Wednesday about his intention to step away from [his] job at the end of the 2014 season," according to Bob Wolfley of the MILWAUKEE JOURNAL SENTINEL. Selig's current contract lasts through '14, and he said he did not see himself staying on beyond that time. Selig: "If I do that, then number one I would have to convince my wife, and number two, I do want to teach. (After the 2014 season) would take me to age 80. I would think then you better send somebody to get me (if I change my mind), because this is it now. I will say that." Wolfley notes the 77-year-old Selig "has changed his mind a few times about when to retire." Selig said that he will "have a role in choosing his successor." Selig: "I like people coming from within the sport. In any sport. I think the background, the history and everything is always useful." He did acknowledge that MLB had "undergone more growth during his tenure more than under any other single commissioner." Selig: "When I took over in 1992, I stayed up sleepless nights when the gross revenue of the sport was $1.2 billion. I said, how are we going to get to $2 billion? I really did. I worried about it. ... This year it will be $7.5 billion and growing dramatically."  Looking back on his 20 years as commissioner, Selig said, "Of all the things that have happened in the last 10, 20 years -- people ask me what I’m proudest of. There are a lot of things, but the economic reformation of our sport (including) revenue sharing. ... So you see small market teams (like) Cleveland is in first place this morning. St. Louis is in a small market. And on and on and on" (MILWAUKEE JOURNAL SENTINEL, 5/24).
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