Commissioner Bud Selig, who intends to retire when his contract ends in January 2015, made a farewell-tour stop Friday at Coors Field. In a wide-ranging interview before the Colorado Rockies-New York Mets game, Selig suggested baseball has "never been more popular," despite detractors suggesting it is not as popular among younger generations. "The last 10 years have by far been the greatest attended years ever," Selig said. "We're going to have labor peace for 21 years. And for those of you who have been around a lot, that is almost unbelievable. When I took over in 1992, the gross revenue ... was $1.2 billion. This year is will be well over $8 billion, $8.5 billion." Among the topics: • Selig said MLB, which opened its 2014 season in Australia with the Los Angeles Dodgers facing the Arizona Diamondbacks, again will have an international presence next season. "We'll play somewhere next year which I think will surprise people," Selig said. "We're working on a series of things now." • The commissioner mostly steered clear of talk regarding the NBA controversy regarding Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling's alleged racist remarks. "I'm not going to comment on that," Selig said. "I haven't commented all week. I don't like to comment on other sports. ... I'll let [NBA commissioner] Adam Silver, who is a very, very fine, very smart man, whom I have I talked to -- I'll let him do all the commenting." Asked if MLB would be equipped to handle a similar situation, Selig alluded to one-time controversies involving Marge Schott and George Steinbrenner. "I don't want to get into that, except we do have a history, without me going back into it, and our constitution is different than the other sports," Selig said. • Although the commissioner keeps close tabs on the length of games, he does not think it is a problem. "They're not getting longer," Selig said. "We're the same as last year. We're right at three hours. Actually, this year, we've had an interesting group of 2:30, 2:40, 2:45, which proves to me it can be done. "People talk about the length of the game, and all sporting events, by the way, take much longer. But the fans are turning out in record numbers. When we do a lot of polling, we don't get that from a lot of our fans. However, having said all that, you bet I'm concerned. I monitor it on a weekly basis."
Bud Selig: Replay system very good
ESPN | May 3