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MLB Commissioner to Receive Honorary Doctor of Business

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Click here to read Mr. Selig’s commencement address.

Allan H. (Bud) Selig will be awarded an Honorary Doctor of Business at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee’s spring commencement ceremony for his sustained level of leadership and extraordinary accomplishments within major league sports.

“As Commissioner of Major League Baseball for the last 14 years, Bud Selig has provided stellar vision and executive leadership that have improved the game as well as the business of baseball,” said Lubar Dean Timothy L. Smunt.

During his tenure as Commissioner, Selig has led the implementation of many of the game’s structural changes, including interleague play, revenue sharing, and consolidation of the leagues’ administrative functions.  The major changes to baseball’s economic system have helped the sport achieve greater competitive balance, with more clubs earning postseasons slots than ever before and record fan attendance.

Selig has also overseen MLB’s historic labor agreement in 2002, stringent new drug-testing and disciplinary policies with the league, successful diversity initiatives, and highly-regarded environmental efforts within baseball.

He has been recognized and honored for his many accomplishments in professional sports and for his civic involvement, both on a national level and here in Wisconsin, including the Jackie Robinson Foundation’s Lifetime Achievement Award, the Herbert Hoover Humanitarian Award, and the August A. Busch, Jr. Award.

Selig is active in many Wisconsin civic organizations, and is a member of the Lubar School’s Business Advisory Council.