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Saturday, May 10, 2014

Constitution: show us yours, Commissioner Selig.

Constitution?  Say what?  Baseball has a constitution?  Who knew?

The New York Times
Rare View Into Inner Workings of N.B.A.

Major League Baseball and the National Football League have constitutions that are considered semiprivate — or semipublic, depending on one’s point of view. A spokesman for M.L.B. said its constitution was available upon request as a reference, though the league preferred that its contents not be published.

Major League Baseball is what I prefer to call the Major Baseball League (MBL) because the two once independent American and National Leagues merged around 1999 during the reign of current commissioner Allen Huber "Bud" Selig.

So, Bud Man, pony up.  Publish the MBL constitution.  Why have you kept it secret?  When was it written?  By whom?  Is there a baseball James Madison?

I wrote the first of my suggestions for amending the U.S. constitution almost two years ago:

Constitutional amendments for team sports.  Friday, June 8, 2012

Team sports really means baseball, football and basketball, the only sports that count.

Why constitutional amendments?  Obviously, the dominant professional organizations (MLB, NFL, NBA) have not understood the urgent need for fundamental reform.  Constitutional amendments will provide the much needed framework for the reforms.  The professional leagues will then need to change their rules to conform.

Subsequent posts dealt with implementation suggestions for each of the 15 proposed amendments.  None of these posts were written with my having any inkling that the MBL had its own constitution.

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