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Thursday, October 24, 2013

Deadspin: Bud Selig, The Commissioner Who Didn’t Matter

Bud Selig’s invisible hand.

For the last two decades, Selig has been less a dictatorial overlord than a steward whose job has been to guide the functioning, faux-competitive monopoly of Major League Baseball with an even, unobtrusive hand. When you look at his tenure this way, you begin to notice not just that it has been enormously successful for the people he serves—the owners of baseball teams—but that his great achievements have an air of passive inevitability. Like a manager with a steady grip on his team, Selig’s style has been to let the game grow without f*****g anything up too badly.

eddieot Posted: October 24, 2013 at 03:52 PM | 6 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: October 24, 2013 at 04:37 PM (#4582515)
The worst commissioner in baseball, except all the other ones.
   2. cardsfanboy Posted: October 24, 2013 at 04:48 PM (#4582519)
Best commissioner in pro-sports. I know it's a low bar, and he's made plenty of mistakes (mostly prior to 1996) but still by far the best commissioner in American pro-sports.
   3. John Northey Posted: October 24, 2013 at 05:22 PM (#4582540)
Detest Selig, but he did what he was supposed to - make the owners boatloads of money. Merging all the web sites under one banner and sharing all revenue early on before it was too rich (ala local TV revenues which grew too big by the time MLB figured out it should've merged them ages earlier), wild cards and expanded playoffs, surviving the PED mess, getting deals without strikes post 1994's disaster leading to players taking well under 50% of revenue (I think it is at 41% last I heard).
   4. catomi01 Posted: October 24, 2013 at 06:12 PM (#4582557)
i despise the guy and I hate many of he decisions he's mad, but he has done his job (make the owner's money, and keep the games going are the two biggest and most important tasks he has) very well since 1995.
   5. Walt Davis Posted: October 24, 2013 at 07:33 PM (#4582574)
I don't know that I'd call it "even, unobtrusive." It is impressive that he has been able to gain agreement on shared revenue and shifting massive amounts of revenue across teams and to do it without any significant blow-ups among the owners. But it's pretty clear which side he favored in those policies.

And of course he was hardly unobtrusive in labor matters, stadium deals, etc.
   6. Lemon Curry? Posted: October 25, 2013 at 06:47 PM (#4583791)
He's history's greatest monster!

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