Afternoon Sports Update: Selig to update in 2014. ReallyWisconsin Sports
-- Bud Selig says he’s hanging it up after two more years and this time, he really means it
MILWAUKEE - Bud Selig says he’s hanging it up after two more years and this time, he really means it. We’ve heard that a few times from the Major League Baseball commissioner.
But in a speech in De Pere today, the 77 year old Selig said he’s definitely retiring after the 2014 season after 22 years at the helm. Baseball owners have convinced him several times not to retire but this time, he says he’ll need permission from his wife. Selig also has a teaching post awaiting him at UW Madison, and he still looks forward to doing that. The former Brewers’ owner gave the keynote address at the Sport and Society Conference held at Saint Norbert College. Selig, a Milwaukee native and former car dealer, said he had sleepless nights when baseball’s gross revenues were down to $1.2 billion dollars a year. Now, they’re at $7.5 billion and growing. The commissioner said attendance has generally gone through the roof during that time, as most teams including the Brewers built new stadiums.
The Milwaukee Bucks will keep guard Beno Udrih for at least one more season. General manager John Hammond said today that Udrih has exercised the one year player option on his contract. And he’ll make $7.8 million dollars next year. Udrih, an eight year veteran, averaged 18 minutes a game for Milwaukee this past season only half of what he played the year before at Sacramento. But he was the main back up to point guard Brandon Jennings. And Udrih averaged six points and four assists in 59 games for the Bucks, after he was traded from the Kings a year ago.
The University of Wisconsin men’s hockey team has announced the schedule for its final season in the WCHA. A year from now, the Big Ten will start playing in its own men’s hockey conference. But for this fall, the Badgers will play their first game on Saturday, Oct. 6 at home against the U.S. Under 18 team. The next weekend, Wisconsin will play a pair against Northern Michigan at Green Bay’s Resch Center. The Badger men will open their home schedule on Nov. 2 and 3 against Colorado College. On the second, the team will dedicate the Kohl Center in honor of former coach Bob Johnson. All told, the Badgers will play 36 regular season contests. The first round of the WCHA Playoffs will be on March 15th through 17th.