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MLB Execs Say Reinsdorf Lost Influence With Unsuccessful Challenge To Manfred
Published August 20, 2014
ULTERIOR MOTIVES? In Chicago, Phil Rosenthal writes, "What's worrisome is the hackles raised by Reinsdorf's insistence on a discussion rather than a coronation, even if the proffered alternatives, TV exec-turned-Boston Red Sox co-owner Tom Werner and MLB exec Tim Brosnan, were destined only to delay Manfred's election, not prevent it." Reinsdorf "is an ironic evangelist for taking the views of others into account, and his stance may have been in response to no longer having as powerful a voice among the owners as he once did." The "stubborn single-mindedness that an individual owner such as Reinsdorf may be able to afford, the sport overall cannot," and "especially not now." There "are more dollars coming into baseball than ever, but in some ways the business has never been more challenged." Rosenthal: "Baseball needs a labor strategy, sure. But it also needs a TV, digital and marketing plan. All of it" (CHICAGO TRIBUNE, 8/20).