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"All in all, it is only the latest twist in an unusual ride"

In Doug Ferguson's story on Mark Steinberg leaving IMG, he writes:

Woods has a close relationship with Steinberg, a reserve on the Illinois basketball team that went to the Final Four in 1989. If he were to leave IMG and stay with Steinberg, it likely would not make much of a difference in his golf schedule or even his endorsements, as Steinberg did most of that work.

Steinberg has been actively seeking an endorsement for Woods' bag since late last fall.

What is not mentioned here is IMG's role in operating worldwide professional tournaments, many of which pay lucrative appearance fees. No longer having the relationship with IMG has to impact Steinberg's ability to land such fees for his players, no?

Ron Sirak breaks down the news with some surprising details that suggest this happened very abruptly.

The sources say Steinberg entered contract talks with IMG on Tuesday fully expecting to negotiate a new deal for his pact that expires in June. However, those talks quickly reached an impasse and Steinberg left, perhaps after being offered a contract the company knew he would turn down, sources say.

They made him an offer he could very easily refuse.

Sirak also says the decision to drop Steinberg and likely shedding Woods with the move may be tied to a bigger picture deal for IMG.

When Fortsmann Little Inc., purchased IMG for $750 million after the death of McCormack in 2003, it was assumed they there doing so in order to turn the company over at a profit. Fortsmann streamlined the company, laying off people and jettisoning unprofitable divisions, but had yet to sell it before his illness forced him to step aside as head of IMG. Sources also say that Fortsmann and Woods were not close.
The departure of Steinberg -- and the assumed departure of Woods -- clears up that matter from hanging over any impending sale. If Fostmann Little wants to sell IMG, it now can do so with the knowledge that Woods will not be part of the deal.

Here is the official release on the reorganization at IMG. And no, Dan Jenkins did not write this and name one of the two new leaders of the division.

NEW YORK, May 24, 2011—IMG Worldwide, the global sports, fashion and media company, announced today the reorganization of its global golf business.

The company has named Guy Kinnings, Senior Vice President of European Golf operations and Robbie Henchman, Senior Vice President of Asia Pacific Golf operations as the new co-heads of IMG Golf.  Alastair Johnston, vice chairman of IMG, will oversee the business of the Division.

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Reader Comments (10)

Since Forstmann took over, IMG started to move away from golf and into more entertainment. Sort of seems like the continuation of a trend, and my guess is, with his health issues , this is a restructure for a sale or some such thing.
05.24.2011 | Unregistered Commenterelf
Guys representing Asia and Europe taking over IMG golf. Shows where IMG will be looking to operate. Probably reckon they've bled US Tour dry via Tiger and there's now nothing left.
05.24.2011 | Unregistered CommenterLongy
Spot on, Longy.
05.24.2011 | Unregistered CommenterHawkeye
I posted this on another thread but the irony of Alistair Johnston sticking the knife in his back is too much. IMG is a miserable, despicable company where only the real @$$holes survive, yet even being a first class one isn't enough anymore. They cannibalized one of their best cannibals.
05.25.2011 | Unregistered CommenterI.M. Knott-Steiny
And then there is the fact that Tiger's current special friend is (was) Alastair Johnston's stepdaughter...The stories write themselves. I guess since Johnston just got canned by the Glasgow football club he needs other things to keep busy, busy, busy.
At one time Hughes Norton was the Steiney of the time and Steiney was just a, well, nobody! There are plenty of new Steiney's in the pipeline. Matter of fact, 15 years ago Steiney didn't have any particular skills that the guys sitting in the offices to his left and right didn't have, he just got lucky and was dealt Annika AND would be hard for anyone to screw up that hand!

Tiger has had a diminishing impact/relationship on/with IMG for some time now and if he officially departs I believe the financial impact will be minimal. If you look at the IMG website you'll only find one small picture of him and I'll be damned if I can find his name written anywhere. (and this has been the case for a while)

Forstmann has brought IMG operations forward into the modern era and I'd bet they are a LOT more profitable now than when he bought them and if Acushnet is worth $1.25bn then surely IMG is worth more than that!!
05.25.2011 | Unregistered CommenterDel the Funk
Acushnet is worth $1.25bn to a golf mad Korean, Del. What's the old line about what something's worth? Only what someone's willing to pay. IMG's deal with TW was down to 5%, so they're losing basically nothing by ditching him. When he was great, it was the cachet of saying, We have Tiger. Now, he's a liability AND he brings in no money.

Steiny can't even get to sponsor the bag... how sad.
05.25.2011 | Unregistered CommenterI.M. Knott-Steiny won't sponsor TW? How about Never mind, they have just bought the naming rights to the Oakland Coliseum, home of the big time A's and Raiders. How about
05.25.2011 | Unregistered CommenterTottenham Hotspur
Wondering something...

How does the Tour (PGA) determine the drug testing? How long does it take for the HGH-type shit to leave yer system?

05.25.2011 | Unregistered CommenterLiquidKaos
@LK: Not very long
HGH exerts its effects by binding to receptors on the surface of cells in the body. Unlike steroids, which are fat soluble and stay in the body for a long time, where they do their "work" by entering cells and binding to internal receptors, peptide hormones such as HGH are released from the pituitary into the bloodstream or injected subcutaneously and find there way into the blood. As shown in the graph, administered HGH peaks 4 hours after injection and is completely absent after 24 hours.

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