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THE POWER TROIKA: COMMISSIONERS TALK ABOUT ROLE AS BOSS
Published November 25, 1997
At a New York Bar Association legal forum last week, NFL Commissioner Paul Tagliabue, NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman and NBA Commissioner David Stern were asked about the leadership void at MLB, and according to NEWSDAY's Joe Gergen both Bettman and Tagliabue "downplayed the lack of an independent commissioner." Bettman: "I think it's too easy to dump on baseball." Tagliabue: "I think (the role of commissioner) can be given too much importance. The challenges we face go far beyond one person or one group of persons. ... I think the commissioner issue is overplayed by a lot of people." But Stern countered, "[W]e're being too kind. ... We're in a time when the CEO increasingly is expected to set the direction, to look at the big picture. You need someone to worry on a full-time basis, to deal with consumers, shareholders and every aspect of the sport. It's a good ideal to have somebody in charge" (NEWSDAY, 11/23).