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Pro Football Hall of Fame gets a new boss
Sixth president comes to the NFL shrine from the Arena Football League

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M.L. Schultze
The Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton just completed a $27 million expansion and renovation.
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The new president of the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton is the former commissioner of the Arena Football League. WKSU’s M.L. Schultze has more on the transition.

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David Baker starts his new job on Monday running the 50-year-old shrine to pro football, which has just completed a $27 million renovation. 

Baker is the sixth president of the hall. 

He’s a lawyer, played basketball in college, has been mayor of Irvine, Calif.,  and bought the Arena League’s Anaheim Piranhas in 1995. He was elected chairman and and became commissioner the following year and spent more than a dozen years with the league. 

A statement from NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell praises the growth of the Arena league and says Baker has worked closely with several NFL team owners. 

He’s also been a partner with an integrated health center in Nevada.


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