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Selig on Retirement, DirecTV, Steroids, MLBAM as IPO, More PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 23 March 2007 01:17

SeligCommissioner Selig, speaking at the IMG World Congress of Sports, hit on a number of key topics yesterday, including comments that leave the window open for Selig to not retire when his contract is up in 2009. As reported by the AP:

Baseball commissioner Bud Selig hedged slightly on his retirement plans Thursday, saying he intends to leave in 2009 but that he's learned "never to say never."

But further comments made at the event seem to point to Selig actually retiring. As he further said, “I had an owner say, to me, if you go I‘m going. Well, then you better plan on going.”

Other key comments made at the IMG World Congress of Sports:

  • On the DirecTV deal for Extra Innings - “DirecTV came and won in a very fair process. And the process has to be fair. I want to make that point over and over. Because we were sensitive to some of the concerns, we’ve given them (iN Demand and DISH) to the end of the month to participate. That’s fair.”
  • On Steroids - “Yes, we’ve had these problems but we’ve dealt with these problems. Nobody would have believed 10 years ago that we would have the toughest testing program. We’ve banned amphetamines.”
  • On Labor Relations with the MLBPA - “No one ever really understood what a Herculean task it was to recover from [the 1994 strike].”
  • On MLB Advanced Media (MLBPA) going IPO - “We have no plans for that. None whatsoever.”
  • On the Tribune Co. Selling the Cubs - “At this moment they insist the team is not for sale. … If and when the Cubs are for sale there are a lot of groups in Chicago waiting to buy it.”


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