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SBD/June 3, 2013/Leagues and Governing Bodies
Published June 3, 2013
MLB LOSING CHARACTER? In Detroit, Jerry Green wrote the allure of MLB interleague games "has gone kaput -- vanished.” What MLB Commissioner Bud Selig “designed as a baseball novelty in 1997 has turned into a drag.” While MLB has "prospered during Bud Selig's regime," it has “forfeited much of its dignity and integrity.” While producing "millions, maybe billions, more in revenue, it has cheapened itself as a game -- as a pastime.” Selig “counterattacks all criticism with the response that Major League Baseball is thriving.” Green: “True, due to soaring television revenue. The players are working for millions in wages. The owners are delighted” (DETROIT NEWS, 6/1).
ODD MAN RUSH: In Boston, Kevin Paul Dupont noted the NHL will not stage its annual awards ceremony in Las Vegas, due “mainly to the lockout and the resultant jammed June schedule (playoffs/draft)." The league instead will “split the ceremony into two parts, the first on the day before Game 2 of the Cup Final, and the second as a lead-in show on the evening of Game 2” (BOSTON GLOBE, 6/2).