Tom Werner, 2 Others Wait For Vote On New Baseball Commissioner

August 14, 2014 10:53 AM
Tom Werner, 2 Others Wait For Vote On New Baseball Commissioner
" BALTIMORE (AP/CBS) — Bud Selig’s successor as baseball commissioner will face a series of tests, perhaps none more difficult than whether he can keep his owners from the type of divisive public spats that fractured the sport’s leadership for much of the 1970s and ’80s.

Rob Manfred, Tom Werner and Tim Brosnan seek election Thursday, with a three-quarters majority of the 30 teams needed in the first contested balloting for a new commissioner in 46 years.

Baseball has never been in a better financial state since the free-agent era began in the 1970s: Its labor contract with the players’ association runs through the 2016 and national broadcasting agreements with Fox, Turner and ESPN total about $12.4 billion from 2014-21.

After eight consecutive work stoppages from 1972-95, the sport has reached three straight deals without an interruption. Revenue could reach $9 billion this year, and the average attendance of about 30,500 is not far below the record of 32,785 set in 2007 before the Great Recession. Franchise values have soared since Selig took over as baseball’s leader in 1992, led by the record $2 billion sale of the Los Angeles Dodgers two years ago "

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