Tag:Bud Selig extension
Posted on: January 12, 2012 4:16 pm

More details on Selig's contract extension

By Matt Snyder

The two-year contract extension for MLB commissioner was approved Thursday by the owners. The deal would have become official immediately if the vote was unanimous, but it wasn't. Instead, it was a 29-1 vote in favor of Selig's extension, so it won't become official for 10 days.

Bud Selig's extension
The one vote that was against Selig was John Moores of the Padres, who is "steamed," according to CBSSports.com insider Jon Heyman. The problem for Moores is that he wants to sell the team so he can have the money from the sale immediately. He has a buyer, too, in Jeff Moorad. Moorad would have voted to approve Selig, making it a unanimous 30-0 vote, but he has yet to be approved by the other owners.

Clouding matters on the issue is that some of the other owners want more background information on Moorad and a few "aren't fans," according to Heyman -- such as Ken Kendrick of the Diamondbacks and Jerry Reinsdorf of the White Sox.

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

Bud Selig gets two-year contract extension

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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