I haven’t followed this very closely, but my understanding is that under the CBA the maximum punishment to which he’s supposed to be liable is a 50-game suspension. (Update: EF Goldman explains in comments that Selig can invoke the league’s
anti-Soviet slander “conduct detrimental to the good of the game” clause).
Would it be irresponsible to speculate that letting the game’s most powerful franchise off the hook for about $100 million in future obligations might possibly have something to do with this?
. . . I missed Scott’s post on this yesterday. (FWIW a friend of mine has had professional dealings with Selig, and says he’d bet a lot of money that Selig wouldn’t hit three figures on an IQ test. He doesn’t say this in rancor — he claims to actually like and even somewhat admire the guy, but he swears he’s genuinely dumb).