Last updated on: 12/8/2008 | Author: ProCon.org

Bud Selig, Jr. Biography

Title:
Commissioner of Major League Baseball (MLB)
Position:
Con to the question "Should Performance Enhancing Drugs (Such as Steroids) Be Accepted in Sports?"
Reasoning:

“Our athletes, prospective ballplayers and our youth must come to understand that the use of performance enhancing substances is illegal, it is cheating, it does long term damage to an athlete’s health, and it puts at risk an athlete’s reputation and integrity. Baseball will continue to enhance its efforts in this area…

Some have described the use of performance enhancing substances in sports as an ‘arms race’ between the chemists and the cheaters, on the one hand, and the honest players, the leagues and the testers on the other hand. Each is continually improving its methods to obtain an advantage over the other. Well, if this is such a war, then as Commissioner of Baseball I am committed to arm the side of honesty and fair play by funding laboratory research to detect the illegal use of these substances so that drug users will be caught and the cloud of suspicion over honest players will be lifted.”

“Statement of Commissioner Allan H. Selig before the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform,” MLB.com, Jan. 15, 2008

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Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Commissioner, Major League Baseball, 1998-present
  • Former chairman, MLB’s Executive Council, 1992-1998
  • Former president and chief executive officer, Milwaukee Brewers, 1970-1998
  • Recipient, The Woodrow Wilson Award for Public Service, 2008
  • Recipient, Award of Excellence, Sports Lawyers Association, 2007
  • Recipient, Frederick Douglass Medallion, New York Urban League, 2007
  • Named the 2006 Executive of the Year, Sports Business Journal and the Sports Business Daily, 2006
  • Recipient, Gold Medal Award, the United Services Organization, 2006
  • Recipient, Centennial National Human Relations Award, American Jewish Committee, 2006
  • Recipient, Champion of Youth Award, Boys and Girls Clubs of America, 2005
  • Recipient, Judge Emil Fuchs Award, Baseball Writers Association of America-Boston Chapter, 2004
  • Recipient, Recognition of Goodness Award, Jewish Foundation for the Righteous, 2003
  • Recipient, Honor Award, National Building Museum, 2003
  • Recipient, Urban Hero Award, Eighth Annual Urban Heroes Award Benefit, 2003
Education:
  • BA, Political Science and American History, University of Wisconsin, 1956
Other:
  • Legal name is Allan Huber ‘Bud’ Selig, Jr.
  • Responsible for making the following changes to MLB:
  • Commenced joint drug program task force with the Major League Baseball Players Association, 2004
  • Interleague play
  • Significant revenue sharing among clubs
  • Three-division formats in the American and National Leagues
  • An extra tier of playoffs and the Wild Card
  • Consolidation of the administrative functions of the American and National Leagues into the Commissioner’s Office
  • Restoration of the rulebook strike zone
  • Awarding home field advantage in the World Series to the team that represents the winning league of the All-Star Game
Quoted in:
  1. Should Performance Enhancing Drugs (Such as Steroids) Be Accepted in Sports?
  2. Should Stimulants Use Be Accepted in Sports?