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A survey of sports talk shows in the last 24 hours yielded several different takes on how Tiger Woods' absence from The Masters will impact this year's event. The N.Y. Daily News' Bruce Murray said, "It's a huge blow. ... If Tiger's on the leaderboard Saturday or Sunday, they get huge ratings. If he's not, you've got to hope for one of three guys. (Rory McIlroy and Phil Mickelson). I can't even think of a third guy" ("Daily News Live," SNY, 4/1). ESPN's Pablo Torre: "The first Masters without Tiger Woods in 20 years is going to have distinctly ... new class kind of feel to it. No one knows who the protagonists really are" ("Around The Horn," ESPN, 4/1). ESPN's Tony Kornheiser said, "In the larger term, it's a very big issue that the Tour is going to have to get ready for" ("PTI," ESPN, 4/1). CBSSN’s Tony Luftman: "I know a bunch of people ... who started playing golf because of Tiger Woods. He made it cool. But unfortunately, his fall from grace has also hurt the sport" (“Rome,” CBSSN, 4/1).

99 PROBLEMS? The effectiveness and success of Jay Z as a sports agent was examined on Bloomberg TV, with ESPN's Andrew Brandt saying, "I thought at the minute he entered the business that Jay Z would be a formidable presence in the industry. He is a draw and I've heard from the agent community that they're worried." CAA Sports Head of Football Tom Condon said, "From our competitors' standpoint, they've got to be concerned. Jay Z and Roc Nation bring a lot to the party. He's got reach to places that probably are different than what typically CAA is involved in." Agent Leigh Steinberg said as a "recruiter, I'd give him an A-plus," adding Jay Z has "done a pretty superb job of picking players that can trigger multiple revenue streams." Brandt added, "I am confident there are more players recruiting Jay Z than vice versa." Wasserman Media Group Vice Chair Arn Tellem: "My sense is they won't change the business. They'll make an impact" (Bloomberg TV, 4/2).
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