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Bud Selig gets two-year contract extension

Posted on: January 10, 2012 12:58 pm
Edited on: January 12, 2012 4:19 pm
 
By Matt Snyder

Major League Baseball commissioner Bud Selig has received a two-year contract extension to remain in his current role.

Selig had previously said himself he would retire when his current contract expired -- which was set to be at the end of the 2012 season -- but evidently he's had a change of heart. This has happened at least twice before, when Selig said he would retire and ended up sticking around.

"I am very humbled by the request to stay on, and I look forward to building on the great momentum our game has seen in recent years," Selig said in a statement.

Allen H. "Bud" Selig, 77, took over as acting commissioner in 1992 and was then named full-time commissioner in 1998. He had previously been owner and team president of the Milwaukee Brewers.

Under Selig's watch, Major League Baseball has undergone significant changes. The wild card and newly realigned divisions came first.

Bud Selig's extension
Also, four expansion teams were introduced, interleague play was introduced, stiff penalties for performance-enhancing drug use have been implemented and limited use of instant replay is now used. Selig also started the World Baseball Classic and, of course, decided to award home-field advantage in the World Series to the league that wins the All-Star Game.

Moving forward, there are also further changes to the playoffs and the Astros will be moved to the American League.

Selig seems to be a rather polarizing figure among fans, so he'll continue to be that lightning rod for at least another two years. And at this point, it almost seems as though he'll be doing so for the rest of his life.

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Comments

Since: Aug 24, 2006
Posted on: January 11, 2012 1:27 am
 

Report: Bud Selig to get extension as commish

20 years as commish is a long time.He may have turned over the Brewers to his daughter, but a huge conflict of interest still exists.The steroid mess also occured on his watch & Selig did little or nothing to stop it.In fact I'll bet he was thrilled to see Bonds Sosa,& Mcgwire hijack the home run records that had been in place for decades.I'll bet Selig makes a bunch of &&&& to grease the skids for all cheaters.Selig has a lot more love for money than he does for the GREAT game of baseball.He should have been fired back in the 90's.



Since: Nov 8, 2011
Posted on: January 11, 2012 12:13 am
 

Report: Bud Selig to get extension as commish

DDT .... with regard to your comment .... We do hate Bud Selig



Since: Nov 9, 2010
Posted on: January 10, 2012 10:51 pm
 

Report: Bud Selig to get extension as commish

You have to be kind me. Selig is a joke. Worst commish in all of Pro sports. He needs to go away and MLB needs someone you will fix this sport. Someone who will play hardball with the players and the is agents and put in place hard salery cap so fans of all types can go to a game. How the hell does he sit back and allow a team to pay a player 250 mil for 10 years. Are you kind me. The last time a team paid that was the last time I paid money to support a team. I'm an Os fan but I tell you what. Thank God Os owner Angelos doesn't spend a ton of money on players that surely doesn't deserve it. So Selig keep up the good work. What a joke.



Since: Aug 30, 2006
Posted on: January 10, 2012 9:53 pm
 

Report: Bud Selig to get extension as commish

Mark my words, "Selig will never be inducted into the hall of fame!"  That is the man's dreams.  He views himself as Kinnesaw Mountain Landis, and is too naive to realize he is the all-time laughing stock for a commissioner!




Since: Aug 30, 2006
Posted on: January 10, 2012 9:52 pm
 

Report: Bud Selig to get extension as commish

The major sports need to scale back the authority of their commissioners, or at least not let them stay in power for decades at a time.  Are the four current commissioners really the best CEOs the owners could have put in place throughout their tenures?  I know if any publicly held company had the equivalent of baseball's strike, All-Star game debacle, and steroid era it wouldn't have let the same CEO keep screwing up and ruining their returns.



Since: Oct 25, 2007
Posted on: January 10, 2012 9:31 pm
 

Report: Bud Selig to get extension as commish

Selig is without question the worst commisioner in the history of the game.  IT WAS ON HIS WATCH that the game was destroyed by steroids.  It is absolutely criminal that the man has been allowed to keep his job and BEYOND criminal that he is being given an extension!



Since: Jan 31, 2011
Posted on: January 10, 2012 9:09 pm
 

Report: Bud Selig to get extension as commish

This is a joke, right? Right??? Oh crap. The game passed by this guy in 1958. Tell me another story about how he gets his haircut every week and eats hot dogs for lunch every day. How exciting!



Since: Aug 30, 2006
Posted on: January 10, 2012 9:04 pm
 

Report: Bud Selig to get extension as commish

And the problems that have destroyed the integrity of baseball will continue, this guy must have some serious dirt on some serious people. Any other person whose job performance matched bud slug would have been fired 10 years ago. Sad day for baseball, sad day for fans.



Since: Oct 26, 2009
Posted on: January 10, 2012 8:15 pm
 

Report: Bud Selig to get extension as commish

It is time to move on...Selig needs to go!



Since: Sep 5, 2006
Posted on: January 10, 2012 7:55 pm
 

Report: Bud Selig to get extension as commish

Then you have 2 more years of incomprehensible lack of credibility. He is a mobster, thug, and of limited intellectual capacity. He has admitted that he knew nothing about the steroids, has sold teams to people indicted by Federal Tax Courts, allowed a divorce to force a bankruptcy of one of the sacred 6 teams in the league...raped the players union, . Is there a need to go on and list his other accomplishments?


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