Allen "Bud" H. Selig
June 2008: 'A Congressional oversight committee Thursday submitted questions to Major League Baseball and its players union asking whether steroid testing was suspended during the 2004 season and, if so, why they did not tell Congress about it during a 2005 public hearing. The questions came in letters that the chairman and the ranking Republican of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform sent to Commissioner Bud Selig and the union’s executive director, Donald Fehr, citing “apparent discrepancies” in their 2005 testimony to the committee.'http://www.nytimes.com/2008/06/13/sports/baseball/13waxman.html
August 2007: Commissioner of Baseball Bud Selig, who counts Aaron as a dear friend, made little attempt to hide his contempt for Bonds and his belief that Bonds's record is illegitimate -- wavering publicly over whether he would attend Bonds's games, staying out of sight when he finally did show up and never speaking the man's name in interviews. Selig was not present Tuesday night, instead sending two lieutenants, including former Nationals manager Frank Robinson.http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/08/07/AR2007080702301.html
June 2007: “It is in the best interests of baseball for everyone, including players, to cooperate with Senator Mitchell in his investigation so that Senator Mitchell can provide me with a complete, thorough report,” Selig said. “Discipline for wrongdoing is important, but it is also important to create an environment so players can feel free to honestly and completely cooperate with this important investigation.”http://www.nytimes.com/2007/06/07/sports/baseball/07giambi.html
Role Name Type Last Updated Organization Head/Leader (past or present) Owner of (partial or full, past or present) Major League Baseball (MLB) Organization
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Date Fairness.com Resource Read it at: Jun 13, 2008 M.L.B. Questioned Over 2004 Steroid Testing
QUOTE: A Congressional oversight committee Thursday submitted questions to Major League Baseball and its players union asking whether steroid testing was suspended during the 2004 season and, if so, why they did not tell Congress about it during a 2005 public hearing.
New York Times Jan 16, 2008 Baseball Is Challenged on Rise in Stimulant Use
QUOTE: ...the numbers [of major leaguers baseball players claiming therapeutic-use exemptions for attention deficit disorder] disclosed by Mr. Tierney suggest that other players are using attention deficit disorder as a means to use stimulants that are not available without a prescription and, since the beginning of the 2006 season, cannot be used by players without a medical exemption.
New York Times Aug 08, 2007 Bonds Sets Baseball's Home Run Record
QUOTE: baseball fans... are unsure what to make of 756 because of the player who struck it. Bonds is alleged to have used steroids beginning in the late 1990s, fueling a late-career explosion in offensive production that is unparalleled in baseball history.
Washington Post Jun 07, 2007 Before Punishing Giambi, Selig Wants His Help
QUOTE: [MLB Commissioner Bud] Selig wants to show that he is tough on steroid users, but punishing [Jason] Giambi is problematic because if he used steroids, it occurred before Major League Baseball punished players for using .... Selig took a calculated approach yesterday when he asked Giambi ... to cooperate ... with the investigation into the use of illegal performance-enhancing substances being conducted by the former Senator George Mitchell.
New York Times May 15, 2007 Major Sports Team Up to Battle Drugs: Professional, Amateur Governing Bodies to Tap Federal Resources
QUOTE: The unprecedented collaboration is indicative of an emerging consensus among sports bodies that the use of performance-enhancing substances is a mounting health and legal concern that potentially threatens the multibillion-dollar professional sports industry in the United States.
Washington Post Jan 07, 2007 The Scold
QUOTE: Dick Pound, chairman of the World Anti-Doping Agency and global evangelist for the cause of pure sport ... believes deeply in the grandeur of sport, less so in the goodness of athletes .... [Lance] Armstrong says he believes Pound and WADA have run roughshod over his and other athletes’ rights, and he is not alone in that criticism.
New York Times Aug 13, 2005 Race for Ownership Of Nationals Isn't Open to Everyone: Approved Team Buyers Likely To Have League Connections
QUOTE: ...the auction of the Washington Nationals by its owners -- Major League Baseball's 29 other teams -- could result in an equally surprising outcome. Money, of course, will play a huge part in the decision... But... Teams get sold to the people the commissioner likes.
Washington Post Jun 02, 2005 Steroid Tests Ignore the 4th Amendment
QUOTE: The senator and the representatives have seemingly ignored the amendment...for not imposing egregious penalties on players for testing positive for performance-enhancing drugs...the committee had researched and considered the Fourth Amendment implications...
New York Times Dec 04, 2004 McCain Threatens Baseball Over Drugs: Ariz. Senator Wants Stricter Steroid Policy
QUOTE: McCain's threat to impose drug testing standards on professional athletes...significantly escalates a long-simmering battle between the federal government and the national pastime over drug use.
Washington Post Aug 02, 2004 Bill Would Raise Franchise Value of Sports Teams
QUOTE: Owners of professional sports teams stand to gain tens of millions of dollars in the values of their franchises because of a single sentence buried deep in a sprawling piece of export-tax legislation...
Jun 29, 2004 How Baseball Does Business: Angelos, Selig Last Men Standing in D.C.'s Way
QUOTE: ...Selig plans to decide if the Expos will be moved to Washington, D.C., Northern Virginia or one of five other areas. The decision will be the culmination of a process shrouded in secrecy and entirely consistent with Selig's highly personal management of Major League Baseball -- a style sanctioned by the sport's unique antitrust exemption.
Washington Post Jun 28, 2004 Expos for Sale: Team Becomes Pawn of Selig
QUOTE: As the 2002 baseball season approached, Commissioner of Baseball Allan H. "Bud" Selig held a financial stake in two major league teams. His was one of 29 teams that bought the Montreal Expos for $120 million in February 2002 after legal challenges stopped baseball from shutting down the Expos and another franchise.
Washington Post Jun 27, 2004 THE LAST CARTEL: How Baseball Does Business - Selig Played Hardball on Stadium Issue
QUOTE: Last year, when the ballpark's tenants, the Milwaukee Brewers, invited Thompson to Opening Day, he declined. He did it to protest Brewers owner and Commissioner of Baseball Allan H. "Bud" Selig, who, Thompson said in an interview, provided misleading financial information to get the stadium built, then broke promises to use the increased revenue to make the Brewers competitive.
Washington Post Jan 09, 2004 Rose 'Embarrassed' About Baseball Bets
QUOTE: The walking, talking, infamous legend has grudgingly added a humiliating subject to his conversations after admitting in a new book that he bet on baseball games.
New York Times Aug 21, 2002 Negotiations Go Nowhere: Fehr's Memo Doesn't Help; Owners, Players Stand Firm
QUOTE: Baseball owners and players barely budged from a week-old stalemate in labor negotiations in New York yesterday...
Washington Post Jul 23, 2002 Defend This: As it faces a racketeering suit, baseball should be afraid, very afraid
QUOTE: ...plaintiffs contend that Selig, Loria and other baseball executives conspired to dilute their ownership and to drive down the value of the Expos as part of a plan to relocate or eliminate the franchise.
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