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Although Selig repeatedly said he would not take the job full time, he was formally elected commissioner July 9, 1998. He turned running the Brewers over to daughter Wendy Selig-Prieb, but the Selig family did not sell the franchise until 2005.
Selig agreed to a new contract as commissioner in 2001. He first announced his planned retirement in 2003, telling a group from Associated Press Sports Editors he would leave in 2006.
"For a guy who took it in Sept. 9, 1992, and I told my wife it was two to four months — 14 years later … I think that will be enough. There’s no question, because there are other things I really would like to do."
Asked again if this was his final term, Selig responded; "Oh, there’s no question."
He then agreed to new contracts in 2004, 2008 and 2012.
Selig has said he wants to write a book. He has taught at the University of Wisconsin and Marquette’s law school.
"We look forward to working with the commissioner over the next 15 months," union head Michael Weiner said in a statement. "Then, we hope the commissioner enjoys his retirement and wish him well."
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