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Schiller to depart as head of IBAF

Editor's note: This story is revised from the print edition.

After two years leading baseball’s failed bid to rejoin the Olympic program, Harvey Schiller plans to leave his post as president of the International Baseball Federation at the end of the year.


A former director of the U.S. Olympic Committee, Schiller was elected to a two-year term as federation president in 2007, following the death of former President Aldo Notari. He will not pursue re-election to the position in December when the federation holds a vote. His decision to step aside comes two months after the International Olympic Committee elected not to put baseball on the 2016 Olympic program.

Schiller said he is stepping aside to spend more time with his family and his business. He is the CEO of Global-Options Group, a risk-management company based in New York. His name also has been linked to a group interested in buying the Texas Rangers from Tom Hicks.

NBC Sports and Olympics Chairman Dick Ebersol also mentioned Schiller recently as an ideal chief executive for the U.S. Olympic Committee, which is headed by acting CEO Stephanie Streeter. Schiller declined to comment on the possibility of rejoining the USOC.

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