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Bud Selig is the second most influential person in sports business

Dec 12, 2011, 5:34 PM EDT

Bud Selig Reuters

Sports Business Journal puts a list together each year naming the most influential people in sports business.  The new one is out and Bud Selig is pretty darn high on that list: number 2.

Now, number one and number 16 happen to be my bosses, so I don’t want Bud getting too big a head about all of this (Will Bud return my calls now? I’m pretty sure he has to based on the rankings), but that’s a pretty amazing showing for the head of Major League Baseball. A league which has long been maligned when it comes to business savvy and all of that.

But SBJ is right here: Selig pretty much kicked butt and took names this year, be it throwing Frank McCourt to the curb to seeing revenues go up again to getting a collective bargaining agreement in place without any blood on the floor. At least any of his own.

Other baseball heavy hitters on the list: John Henry and Hal Steinbrenner. MLB Executive VP of Business Tim Brosnan. MLBPA honcho Michael Weiner. MLBAM head Bob Bowman.

People still like to use the tired old line about Selig being a car salesman, but the league is a long way from the days when small business owners with small vision were in charge.  It’s just an incredibly sophisticated enterprise these days, and there are a lot of really competent people running things.

Which is boring for a blogger like me, but it is great for the league.

  1. trevorb06 - Dec 12, 2011 at 5:48 PM

    Craig, just out of curiousity have you ever actually met number 1 or 16 in person?

    • Craig Calcaterra - Dec 12, 2011 at 5:51 PM

      I met #16 back in September.

      • trevorb06 - Dec 12, 2011 at 5:53 PM

        That’s pretty cool. How’d you even come about to having this gig? Did they like your shysterball material and offer you a job or did you go after it?

      • Craig Calcaterra - Dec 12, 2011 at 7:24 PM

        Aaron and Matthew recommended me. I didn’t even know they were launching the blog. First it was on a part time basis. Then after a few months full time. All went down in 2009.

  2. gtizzo - Dec 12, 2011 at 5:50 PM

    I suppose he could be after watching Baseball be destroyed by steroids. Which has lead to fans not trusting players. Which has lead to the fact only two teams get on TV anymore during the regular season those two being the Yankees and Red Sox. Funny how the Brewers got better after Selig left, but hey he is second in sports go BUD!

    • jwbiii - Dec 12, 2011 at 7:36 PM

      Destroyed? Not destroyed enough to preclude from commenting on a baseball board, it seems.

  3. Francisco (FC) - Dec 12, 2011 at 6:00 PM

    Can we restrict Bud to Business decisions and leave actual Baseball decisions to someone else?

  4. jbro3169 - Dec 12, 2011 at 6:03 PM

    Two big names left off: Bob Arum and Oscar De La Hoya

  5. unclemosesgreen - Dec 12, 2011 at 6:10 PM

    Bud is the best Commissioner in sports. Well maybe except for Dana White (also on the SBJ list with the Fertita Brothers.) He publicly choked out McCourt and it says here he probably quietly leaned on Drayton McLane, Jr. behind the scenes to sell the Astros.

  6. dirtyharry1971 - Dec 12, 2011 at 10:41 PM

    Selig is also the worst comish in any sport, when he is done with MLB the playoffs will last until X-mas and the playoffs will look like the NBA and NHL. Basically everyone makes the postseason!! Thanks a lot BUD!!

  7. danandcasey - Dec 13, 2011 at 7:31 AM

    I have always said that Selig was “No. 2.”

  8. sdpaulson - Dec 13, 2011 at 11:21 AM

    Clueless Bud?…….. hahaha, end of joke laugh here______!

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