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SBD/May 26, 2011/Labor and Agents
Steinberg's Departure From IMG Leaves Several Important Questions Unanswered
Published May 26, 2011
WILL TIGER LEAVE IMG? The Guardian’s Lawrence Donegan on his Twitter feed cited “reliable sources” and reported, “Tiger Woods will be leaving his long-time agency IMG and will stay with Mark Steinberg, probably at the CAA agency. … I am told on the grapevine that IMG ‘very relaxed’ about prospect of Tiger Woods leaving” (TWITTER.com, 5/26). Author John Feinstein said there is no way Steinberg “walks away from his job at IMG if he doesn’t know Tiger Woods is following him right through that door.” Feinstein: “Mark Steinberg without Tiger Woods is like Laurel without Hardy.” Steinberg “needs Tiger Woods in order to be viable in the business” (“Morning Drive,” Golf Channel, 5/26). YAHOO SPORTS' Shane Bacon wrote Woods "will most likely follow Steinberg wherever he goes, because there wasn't anything wrong with that relationship, and if Tiger could ever find a way to be productive again on the golf course, the sponsors would return and make the job of whoever Tiger's agent is a lot easier” (SPORTS.YAHOO.com, 5/25).