PROSPECTIVE DEVILS OWNER
A consortium, YankeeNets, led by the Boss, is close to buying the Devils. In 27 years as Yankees owner he has been hands-on, making headlines and taking credit for what has lately been baseball's highest-spending and winningest team.
In 18 seasons as Devils boss he has allowed his G.M.'s ( Lou Lamoriello, since 1987) to control the roster. McMullen, 81, rarely discusses the team in public, budgets a midsize payroll and has watched his club become a perennial Cup contender.
The Verdict: For entertainment value the bombastic Steinbrenner is your man, but we prefer McMullen's quiet professionalism.