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Selig Reflects On Tech Changes To MLB During His Tenure During B&C HOF Dinner

Published in SportsBusiness Daily on 10 / 21 / 14

MLB Commissioner BUD SELIG last night spoke of the technological changes his league has gone through during the 22 years he has held his position as he was honored with the Lifetime Achievement award at Broadcasting & Cable's annual HOF dinner in N.Y. Joined by Commissioner-elect ROB MANFRED ...

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Tags: People and Pop Culture, MLB

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