Report: Favorite emerges to replace Bud Selig

Report: Favorite emerges to replace Bud Selig
May 22, 2014, 10:30 am
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CSN Staff

Maybe Bud Selig's replacement won't be a baseball guy, after all.

The search to replace Selig as the Major League Baseball commissioner has a favorite in Disney chairman and CEO Bob Iger, according to the New York Post.

Such iconic baseball - and sports - names like Joe Torre, Tony La Russa and Bob Costas have been thrown around as possible Selig successors, but Iger may have the inside track.

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As part of his work with Disney, Iger oversees ESPN and ABC, but his contract with the company extends through 2016, creating a potential issue given Selig is slated to step down Jan. 24.

The NY Post quoted a source:

"MLB has expressed an enormous amount of interest in Iger as a potential candidate. But he is still contracted at Disney for another two years, and no official talks have taken place. He definitely hasn't been offered the job - yet."

Iger - or any other candidate - won't simply be handed the job. An MLB committee will nominate candidates and the league owners will then vote, with 24 votes out of 30 as the minimum requirement.