MLB commissioner earned $14.5M in '05

NEW YORK -- Baseball commissioner Bud Selig earned as much in fiscal 2005 as some of the league's top players.

Selig received $14.5 million in the 12 months ending Oct. 31, 2005,
according to Major League Baseball's tax return, which was obtained
by the Sports Business Journal.

Bob DuPuy, baseball's chief operating officer, received
$4,875,000, the publication reported in this week's issue. Pay for
executive vice presidents included $1.92 million for Rob Manfred
(labor relations), $1.3 million for John McHale Jr.
(administration) and $1,245,000 for Jonathan Mariner (finance).

Sandy Alderson, who quit as executive vice president of baseball
operations in 2005 to become chief executive officer of the San
Diego Padres, made $875,000. Jimmie Lee Solomon, who replaced
Alderson in June 2005, made $543,583.

The publication, citing unidentified sources, said Selig
received a $6 million base salary, an equal amount in a bonus and
the remainder in expenses and personal fees.

Baseball's central office paid $77.3 million in salaries and
benefits to 231 employees, the report said. The NFL paid $41.5
million to 839 employees in 12 months ending March 31 last year and
the NHL $13.9 million to 56 employees in the year ending June 30,
2005, when staff was reduced because of a lockout.