Asked if this was the absolute zenith in baseball's management-labor relations, Selig said: "Oh, I don't think there's any question. But having said that, it wasn't much of a relationship for 30, 35 years. The relationship between the parties is now what it should be. It's mature. We understand them. They understand us. That's the way it's supposed to be."It was a heady day for Selig, who at 4 p.m. ET, was in his Milwaukee office taking part in a conference call to announce that the Turner Broadcasting System had purchased the rights to broadcast an LCS every year from 2007-13. The agreement was the crowning piece of television deals negotiated this season, deals that will extend for the next seven years. Selig sounded giddy during the call, and afterwards, flew to St. Louis for the ballgame. He was still excited about that day's developments at the ballpark on Tuesday night. "We're done," Selig said about the TV deals with FOX, ESPN and TBS. "We had some significant trepidation about it six, nine months ago. I was concerned. You're always concerned. You don't know about the future. The television landscape is changing, just like everything else. So, you bet this was a big day for us. We did very well. It's just another sign that the sport is healthy."
Barry M. Bloom is a national reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.Less