New York Yankees’ slugger Alex Rodriguez may have dropped his lawsuits against Major League Baseball and the players’ union because he one day hopes to own a major league team or become a broadcaster.
ESPN reported that, according to its sources, “Rodriguez hopes to pursue a career in broadcasting or even partial team ownership after his retirement and feared a protracted legal fight might cause him to be, in the words of a source, ‘blackballed’ by baseball.”
Rodriguez also plans to return to the field in 2015. Though he will lose $25 million by not playing next year, his contract with the Yankees expires in 2017, so he would have two more years left on it.
After officially dropping his appeals on Friday, Rodriguez accepted his year-long suspension, the longest in the sport’s history for using performance-enhancing drugs.