NO MOVEMENT ON NEW BASEBALL COMMISH; NOTHING BEATS A BUD?
While the strike has ended, baseball's labor dispute is not
settled, so owners have no plans to resume their search for a new
commissioner, according to acting MLB Commissioner Bud Selig.
Selig: "There frankly has been zero discussion on the matter.
It's something I'll carefully monitor in the weeks and months
ahead. But most people are still of the same opinion" (Murray
Chass, N.Y. TIMES, 4/13). Sources said some members of the
Executive Council, which met this week in Milwaukee, again tried
to persuade Selig to accept the job "on a more permanent basis,
but Selig continued to refuse" (Mark Maske, WASHINGTON POST,
4/13). This week's "Washington in Brief" column in the ATLANTA
CONSTITUTION reports that former Senate Majority Leader George
Mitchell "says he's talking again with major league owners about
becoming commissioner" (ATLANTA CONSTITUTION, 4/11).
COUNCIL CHANGES: ESPN's Peter Gammons, on the addition of
Mets' Fred Wilpon and Yankees' George Steinbrenner: "[It] really
doesn't make much sense to have an entertainment business without
a voice from New York. But what I think it can do is really
create a rapport with Steinbrenner and the small market teams"