Mark Cuban: Bud Selig held MLB back 'years, if not decades'

Friday August 22nd, 2014

Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban said outgoing MLB commissioner Bud Selig held the league back for "years, if not decades," reports Shan Shariff of 105.3 The Fan

Selig, who has held the position since 1998, announced last September that he will be retiring in January 2015. He will be replaced by the newly elected Rob Manfred. 

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"I pick on Bud Selig because he deserves to be picked on. I don't think they have a clue how to market," said Cuban, according to Shariff. "Nobody recognizes any of [MLB's] players anymore. You've got to build them into stars and make them recognizable." 

When asked about changes needed for MLB, Cuban said the game's "gotta be fun."

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Selig recently said he's aggravated by the pace of play in the league, which has seen games go from an average of two hours and 46 minutes in 2003 to an average of three hours and two minutes this season. Selig has not implemented any new rules to change the pace.

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