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Published July 19, 2013
LEAVE A LASTING IMPRESSION: ESPN.com's Buster Olney noted the Baseball HOF ceremony in Cooperstown, N.Y., will be held next weekend, and if MLB Commissioner Bud Selig "makes his announcement of suspensions before Friday, he will be guaranteed three days of almost uniformly positive response." The HOFers will "be asked, again, how they feel about steroid users and about MLB’s recent fight against users, and over and over again most will almost certainly say that they don’t think the PED users belong in the Hall of Fame and that Major League Baseball is doing the right thing." But having the "support of folks such as Hank Aaron, Johnny Bench and others is an extremely powerful PR weapon for Selig, who is said by colleagues to be aware of how his legacy is being shaped" (ESPN.com, 7/18).
DO FANS CARE? In Detroit, John Niyo wrote the "only relevant question as the game braces for another round of rancor and ridicule stemming from its latest doping scandal" is how this "whole mess will affect the pennant races this fall." Niyo: "Perhaps more accurately, how it’ll affect the public perception of them. Do the fans care about drug cheats? Or do they only care when it affects the home team?" (DETROIT NEWS, 7/18).
MILWAUKEE'S BEST: CBSSPORTS.com's Scott Miller profiled Selig and wrote the commissioner's "imprint on the game is as indelible as the Louisville Slugger trademark. Expanded playoffs. Interleague play. Realignment." Luxury tax and revenue-sharing that have "significantly improved competitive balance." Revenues that have "blown up" from $1.2B annually in '92 to "a staggering" $7.5B in '12. That figure this year "is expected to top" $8B. From the "rumpled suits and furrowed brows of the mid-1990s have emerged 21 consecutive years of labor peace and one of the most transformative figures in the history of the game." Selig has "done his time in the public dunking booth, served his sentence as a punching bag ... and emerged on the other side of the philosophical and technological battlefield stronger than ever" (CBSSPORTS.com, 7/18).