By Cork Gaines
Bud Selig was the commissioner of MLB for 16 years.
Bud Selig will retire in six months after 16 years as Major League Baseball's commissioner and there is one person many in baseball want to be his replacement. There is just one problem: Steve Greenberg doesn't want the job.
And yet, Greenberg has the perfect resume.
Greenberg is the son of Hall of Famer Hank Greenberg. He went to Yale. He played professional baseball for five seasons. He is a lawyer. He was an agent. He was the deputy commissioner under Fay Vincent in the early 1990s. He started two networks (Classic Sports Network, which later became ESPN Classic, and College Sports TV) that went on to be sold for a $500 million. He helped launch the MLB Network. He has helped broker the sale of franchises and even helped the Mets secure their $400 million deal for the naming rights to CitiField.
But when Selig recently asked Greenberg if he wanted to be commissioner, he turned the job down according to Bob Nightengale of USA Today. When other owners got together and asked him again two weeks ago, he again said no. ...more
Steve Greenberg joined Allen & Company as a Managing Director in January 2002. At Allen & Company, he focuses on the sports and media industries, as he has throughout his business career. Mr. Greenberg has represented the owners of the Milwaukee Brewers, Cincinnati Reds, Atlanta Braves and the Houston Astros in the sales of those baseball teams; the Wilpon family in the acquisition of 100% of the New York Mets; Dan Gilbert in the acquisition of the Cleveland Cavaliers; the New York Mets in the formation of a regional sports network in New York (SNY) as well as the Mets historic Citi Field naming rights deal; the White Sox, Cubs, Bulls and Black Hawks in the formation of a regional network in Chicago (Comcast SportsNet Chicago); the Big Ten Conference on the creation of a Big Ten Cable Network in partnership with Fox Sports; and Major League Baseball on a variety of television-related matters, including the formation of the MLB Network. Mr. Greenberg also advised PBS on its joint venture with Sesame Street Workshop and Comcast leading to the creation of the PBS Sprout Network. Immediately prior to joining Allen & Company, Mr. Greenberg was the Co-founder and Chairman of Fusient Media Ventures, a New York-based sports and media company. ...more