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Bud Selig Hails MLB's Technological Changes During His Tenure

Published in SportsBusiness Daily on 10 / 21 / 14

Bud Selig spoke of the technological changes MLB has gone through during his 22 years as Commissioner as he was honored last night with the Lifetime Achievement award at Broadcasting & Cable's annual HOF dinner in N.Y. Joined by Commissioner-elect Rob Manfred and MLB Exec VP/Baseball Operati...

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