Matthews: George Steinbrenner belongs in Hall of Fame, regardless of whether you loved or hated late Yankees owner

Steinbrenner was the first owner to recognize free agency for what it was, an opportunity for owners to vastly improve their teams, and in the process, make them fabulously profitable. He also, with the help of others such as Bob Gutkowski of the MSG Network and later, Leon Hindery, a visionary who pioneered revenue streams evert other team in every sport came to imitate and profit from. such as exclusive cable television deals and the creation of his own regional network.

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