Bud Selig: MLB Commissioner's Contract Extension Is No Surprise

Adam WellsFeatured ColumnistJanuary 10, 2012

NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 22:  Major League Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig attends a news conference at MLB headquarters on November 22, 2011 in New York City. Selig announced a new five-year labor agreement between Major League Baseball and the Major League Baseball Players Association.  (Photo by Patrick McDermott/Getty Images)
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Major League Baseball commissioner Bud Selig should have learned something from Brett Favre's constant talk of retirement and just kept his mouth shut. Despite saying that his previous contract would be his last, ESPN's Buster Olney is reporting that he is going to receive a two-year extension at the owners' meetings. 

Selig has flirted with retirement numerous times before. It started back in 2003 and has continued with each subsequent contract he has signed. 

In fact, three years ago when he announced that he was going to walk away when his contract expired after the 2012 season, Pat Lackey of AOL News wrote an article titled "Bud Selig Is Always About to Retire."

The fact that Selig is getting an extension is as surprising as him not following through with his retirement. Under his watch, MLB has seen record attendance numbers, increased revenue and exposure on television with the launch of the MLB Network. 

Some fans have often given Selig a hard time because of the 1994 strike that wiped out the entire postseason, but he has done a terrific job in the years since. He has helped bring the game to new places or back to old places that had long forgotten about it. 

With this new two-year extension, Selig will be 80 years old when it ends after the 2014 season. Even though he is probably going to say that this will be his final contract yet again, we should probably listen to him if he says it this time. 

He will have had 24 seasons leading MLB. He will go down as one of the best and most influential commissioners in the history of the sport. 

So even though Selig can't seem to make up his mind about whether to stay or go after he signs on the bottom line, when he is doing his job, he is doing it well.