January 23, 2012
Selig unanimously awarded extension
By Sports Network
NEW YORK - MLB club owners have completed a unanimous vote to extend commissioner Bud Selig's contract through the 2014 season.
A 10-day voting period, which commenced at the quarterly owners meetings on January 12, ended with a 30-0 vote in support of the extension, which runs through December 31, 2014.
Selig's contract had been set to expire this December 31. He will be 80 years old when the new deal ends.
"It is a great honor to have the unanimous support of the Clubs," Selig said. "I am thankful for their confidence, and I look forward to representing and continuing the remarkable growth of this great game in the years ahead."
His tenure is highlighted by impressive financial growth but also is partially defined by the players' strike in 1994, which wiped out the World Series, as well as a rash of well-documented performance-enhancing drug scandals that led to a new testing policy.
Selig also won approval for interleague play, was behind the creation of the three divisions and a Wild Card berth in each league and the awarding of home- field advantage in the World Series to the winning league in the All-Star Game.