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No more lone dissenter, as all 30 owners approve Bud Selig’s new contract extension

Jan 23, 2012, 4:43 PM EST

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MLB announced that the 30 owners unanimously approved Bud Selig’s new two-year contract extension, which wouldn’t be particularly noteworthy except for reports last week saying the vote had 29 yays and one nay.

That one dissenting vote was Padres owner John Moores, according to the Associated Press:

Owners deferred a vote on the proposed transfer of the Padres from Moores to Jeff Moorad, saying they need clarification on some financial information. Moores, upset that the Padres’ sale was not approved, voted no on Selig’s extension because of this, AP’s source said.

Because Selig’s extension wasn’t on the agenda for the meeting, owners took a unanimous consent vote to allow its approval. Moores, upset that the Padres’ sale was not approved, voted no, a person in the room said, speaking on condition of anonymity because the details were supposed to remain confidential.

Owners took a second vote, giving notice of the extension, but a vote that will not be effective for 10 days. The extension was approved 29-1, with Moores again voting against it.

Apparently something changed between then and now, allowing Selig to say: “It is a great honor to have the unanimous support of the clubs.”

Funny how that works.

  1. natsattack - Jan 23, 2012 at 4:57 PM

    Jeff Moorad is my new favorite owner.

    • bloodysock - Jan 23, 2012 at 4:59 PM

      Why? Moores was the one who voted ‘no’.

      • ptfu - Jan 23, 2012 at 7:46 PM

        Moores’ defining moment of owner awesomeness comes when he’s trying to stop being an owner. Heh.

  2. ireportyoudecide - Jan 23, 2012 at 5:15 PM

    When you compare the growth of the NFL to MLB since Selig took over it’s hard to say he’s done a good job. 1/2 of the country no longer cares becuase of the salary disparity between the league. He was about 10 years late on instant replay, and continues to allow the union to dictate the existence of guarenteed contracts which just kills the small market teams. He refuses to recognize Bonds achievements even though he was the commissioner in charge who made what Bonds was taking and doing legal. He has not allowed Mark Cuban to own a team but didn’t have a problem at all with the McCourts. He is an idiot and I can’t wait for some one who will truly work to grow the game to take over.

  3. mojosmagic - Jan 23, 2012 at 6:01 PM

    The owners recognize a brother shill lackey when they see one.

  4. Old Gator - Jan 23, 2012 at 6:55 PM

    Bud Light is like a drug-resistant strain of hemorrhoids. You just can’t seem to get rid of him.

  5. buffalomafia - Jan 23, 2012 at 8:56 PM

    Fuck that piece of shit Bud Selig! He should go to jail for letting players take steroids so they could hit the long ball that made MLB millions!

  6. simon94022 - Jan 24, 2012 at 12:38 PM

    The public will never love him, but Selig has been the best commissioner in baseball history. Revenues and attendance are up dramatically across the board. The NFL was already light years ahead of MLB in popularity 20 years ago –it is simply better suited to TV, and no baseball commissioner can change that.

    But Selig has made baseball the leader in online and advanced media. He deserves a lot of credit which he’ll never get because of lingering anger over the strike 17 years ago, and because his public relations presence is so atrocious.

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