The Nfl: Full Contact In The Valley

Football Commish Tagliabue connects with Silicon hotshots

Before Paul J. Tagliabue, commissioner of the National Football League, made his first swing through Silicon Valley in early October, he had been well-briefed on the pitfalls of America's techno-utopia: the traffic jams, the rampant cyber jargon, the rigorously casual dress code. But who could have forseen that Carl Yankowski, Palm Inc.'s (PALM) CEO, would subject the commissioner and his five-man entourage to a gruesomely detailed account of a recent back surgery? "It's a good thing it wasn't a hernia," one of Tagliabue's aides wisecracked sotto voce as the meeting broke up.

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