PAUL TAGLIABUE

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PAUL TAGLIABUE

FORMER COMMISSIONER, NATIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE

Paul Tagliabue was NFL Commissioner from 1989 to 2006, and his stamp on the league has been all-encompassing. Soon after Tagliabue become commissioner, a $3.6 billion TV deal was announced. In 1993, a long-term collective bargaining agreement between the league and the NFL Players Association was signed, and there were no strikes or lockouts while commissioner. The NFL expanded from 28 to 32 teams under his tenure. Also, under Tagliabue’s leadership, massive TV contracts worth many billions of dollars were inked, helping the league become the entertainment behemoth it is today. The NFL Network was established, and 20 new stadiums were built. And following Hurricane Katrina, Tagliabue was critical to the Saints remaining in New Orleans and returning to the Superdome as opposed to fleeing for San Antonio or elsewhere. The salary cap and free agency were also instituted under his leadership, which led to increased parity in the NFL. (NFL.com/Top100)