Allan "Bud" Selig

Major League Baseball Commissioner Emeritus

Allan H. ("Bud") Selig is the commissioner emeritus of Major League Baseball. Bud assumed this unprecedented position in 2015 following his retirement as Baseball’s ninth Commissioner, a position he held for more than 22 years. As commissioner emeritus, he serves as an advisor to current baseball commissioner Robert D. Manfred Jr. and assists him with special projects.

As chairman of Major League Baseball’s Executive Council, Bud became interim commissioner in September of 1992 when Fay Vincent resigned the position and was elected commissioner on July 9, 1998, by a unanimous vote of the 30 Major League Baseball club owners.

In 2002, Selig engineered an historic labor agreement with the Major League Baseball Players Association that avoided a work stoppage for the first time in 30 years and included meaningful revenue sharing among the clubs which has led to unprecedented competitive balance. By the end of the current agreement, baseball will have gone more than 21 years without a strike or a lockout, the longest period of uninterrupted play since the inception of the collective bargaining relationship.

As part of the 2002 labor agreement, Bud began the implementation of baseball’s drug testing policy that has become the most comprehensive in professional sports and highlighted Bud’s long-term efforts to try to rid the game of illegal steroids and other performance-enhancing substances. He expanded the reach of the sport by centralizing all of its Internet rights, launching the largest debut in cable television history with the MLB Network, and staging the World Baseball Classic, the most important international baseball event ever ventured. During Bud’s term, Major League Baseball season attendance reached an all-time high. With more than 73 million fans again each year from 2009 to 2014, the last decade includes all 10 of the best-attended seasons in baseball history.

Bud has received many significant honors for his accomplishments, philanthropy and corporate citizenship in recent years, including the Jackie Robinson Foundation’s Lifetime Achievement Award; the Taylor Hooton Foundation’s inaugural Taylor Award; the Green Sports Alliance’s Environmental Leadership Award; B’nai B’rith International’s Distinguished Humanitarian Award; the Boys & Girls Clubs of America’s Chairman’s Award; the New York Baseball Writers’ William J. Slocum/Jack Lang Award; and the St. Louis Baseball Writers’ “Red Award”.

In 2011, the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum unveiled the Allan H. "Bud" Selig Center for the Archives of Major League Baseball Commissioners, a permanent research space within the halls of Cooperstown, dedicated in his honor. In October 2014, he was inducted into the Broadcasting & Cable Hall of Fame.

Bud is a major supporter of his alma mater, the University of Wisconsin-Madison, as well as Marquette University. The University of Wisconsin has named several need-based scholarships and a history department chair in his honor. Bud, who has taught at Marquette University Law School since 2009, was named to its adjunct faculty as distinguished lecturer in sports law and policy in 2010. He also teaches a baseball history course at the University of Wisconsin. Additionally, Bud is the O’Connor Distinguished Professor of Sports in America at the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at Arizona State University.

Bud and his wife Sue have three daughters and five granddaughters.