Bud Selig, the lukewarm baseball commish, got a $3 million raise that boosted his compensation to $18.35 million. That means he made more than just three players in the sport, a trio of Yankees with salaries at $23 million (A-Rod), $22 million (Derek Jeter) and $21.5 million (Jason Giambi), and every other head of a pro sports league.
It's just shocking to me that baseball rewards such mediocrity with such a grand salary for Selig. But then again, it's just a replay (or reflection) of what's happening in boardrooms across the country.
Don't get me wrong -- I'm not calling for the feds to intervene and set salaries for the heads of the pro sports leagues (or CEOs for that matter). But it will sting a little more in the coming weeks when I buy tickets for the season opener of the Atlanta Braves, knowing that already sky high ticket prices went up even more to pad the pockets of a commish who provides little return on investment.
Matt Hennie blogs on Atlanta's gay sports scene (and other stuff) at Project Q Atlanta.