Selig given a contract extension

By: associated press
By: associated press

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) -- Major League Baseball team owners have
unanimously awarded commissioner Bud Selig a three-year contract extension through the 2012 season.

The decision at today's owners' meeting comes two days after Selig and union head Donald Fehr testified before a congressional committee that both criticized baseball for its steroids problem and praised it for strides made the past two years.

Selig will become baseball's second-longest-serving leader behind Kenesaw Mountain Landis, who was the first commissioner from 1920-44. He became acting commissioner in September of 1992, when clubs forced out Fay Vincent. After saying he wouldn't take the job, Selig was elected to a five-year term as permanent commissioner in 1998. He had to give up running the Milwaukee Brewers team, which he bought in 1970 and his family sold in 2005.

Owners voted in November 2001 to extend Selig's term through 2006, then voted in August 2004 to extend it through 2009. He will be 78 by the end of the latest extension.

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