MLB's tax return shows Selig earned $14.5 million in fiscal 2006

NEW YORK -- Baseball commissioner Bud Selig earned about $14.5 million in baseball's latest fiscal year, roughly the same as the previous year.

Selig received $14,515,071 in compensation during the 12 months ending Oct. 31, 2006, according to Major League Baseball's tax return, which the commissioner's office released Tuesday. That was up from exactly $14.5 million in the 12 months that ended Oct. 31, 2005.

MLB's contribution to Selig in its benefit plan was $400,999, up from $82,843 in the previous fiscal year, and Selig received $140,603 in expense account and other allowances, an increase from $20,184.

In January, owners voted to extend Selig's term by three years through 2012. He has headed the sport since September 1992, guiding it to record financial growth.

Baseball's return did not list compensation for other top officials, such as chief operating officer Bob DuPuy, and executive vice presidents Rob Manfred, John McHale Jr., Jonathan Mariner and Jimmy Lee Solomon.

The IRS form appears to require the disclosure of compensation for officers, directors and trustees. DuPuy did not return an e-mail message Tuesday seeking comment.

In the previous fiscal year, DuPuy received $4,875,000, Manfred $1.92 million, McHale $1.3 million and Mariner $1,245,000. The latest return also lists a $181,000 benefits contribution for Sandy Alderson, who was executive vice president of baseball operations before becoming chief executive officer of the San Diego Padres in 2005.

Baseball's tax return was first reported by the Sports Business Journal.