The 30 Major League Baseball (MLB) owners have voted 29-1 in order to extend the contract of league commissioner Bud Selig for a further two-year period.
Having held the position since 1992 the two-year extension sees 77-year-old Selig, the highest-paid commissioner in America's four major sports leagues, continue in the role until at least the end of the 2014 baseball season.
“No one understands the landscape of our sport better than Bud Selig.” said Philadelphia Phillies president David Montgomery in a statement issued by MLB. “The commissioner’s vision for the game has brought consensus among the clubs and a sense of unanimity that has allowed the game to thrive.”
Upon his contract extension Selig added, “This is an extraordinary era for Major League Baseball. The focus is on the field, competitive balance is strong, and fans around the world are supporting our game in unprecedented fashion. I am very humbled by the request to stay on, and I look forward to building on the great momentum our game has seen in recent years.”
The only vote to not extend the contract of the incumbent commissioner came from San Diego Padres owner John Moores whose attempt to sell his own MLB franchise to Jeff Moorad was recently delayed following the first quarterly ownership meeting of the year.