Tagliabue Is Everywhere But In The Huddle

Quarterback Jeff Hostetler drops back, sidesteps the Chicago Bears' rush, and zings a 25-yard pass to Stephen Baker in the back corner of the end zone. It's the New York Giants' first touchdown of the playoffs, and the hometown crowd of 77,000 erupts in an ear-shattering roar. Yet high above the field, in luxury box No. 235A, Paul J. Tagliabue hardly seems to have noticed. Munching on a hot dog, the National Football League commissioner is chatting with hotel magnate Preston R. Tisch, often mentioned as a potential NFL owner. Their prosaic topic: the large number of Canadian fans who tune into Buffalo Bills games but don't figure in Nielsen ratings.

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