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Updated: MLBAM’s Bowman Files To Explore Run For Governor of Michigan

Wow…this one is a doozie. Bob Bowman, the outsized CEO of Major League Baseball Advance Media, has filed the required paperwork to explore a race for governor of Michigan. Bowman told paidContent the filing is required any time you spend $500 or more looking at a state-wide race — and he has spent $500 on travel to Michigan. Bowman also said he remains on board full time at MLBAM.

He cautioned against reading too much into the filing, adding: “I am from Michigan and am looking at this. State law requires openness and transparency and that is a good thing.”

Bowman, who has been MLBAM’s CEO since 2000, was the state treasurer under former Gov. Jim Blanchard from 1983 to 1991, and president and COO of ITT Corp. prior to this. He filed as a Democrat, according to the Free Press. If he winds up going the distance, it will be interesting to see how MLB would handle filling his post. Under Bowman’s reign, the digital portion of MLB has grown to be a behemoth, on the backs of its online video subscription service.