George Steinbrenner's death yesterday had one small silver lining for his family: they won't have to give half his estate away to the taxman. Because the federal estate tax expired at the start of this year, and won't be renewed until 2011, the family won't have to carve up much of The Boss's estimated $1.1 billion net worth. If Steinbrenner had died in 2009, when the estate-tax rate was 45%, his estate-tax bill could have been near $500 million; the bill is expected to be renewed next year at 55%, which would have cost his family $600 million. His heirs may have been forced to sell his shares of the Yankees in order to pay it off.

There were more outpourings of sentiments for the Boss, including an impromptu memorial gathering at Yankees Stadium yesterday, and more homages from politicians, former players and friends. The Post recounts his blockbuster deal to buy the Yankees from CBS in 1973 for $10 million, using just $100,000 of his own money, and the way he built the franchise into a billion dollar industry, including the incredibly profitable YES network. "He was one of the first people in sports to understand intuitively the value of crossover publicity to a brand like the Yankees," said Lee Igel, assistant professor for NYU's Sports Business and Management program.

The Post's Joel Sherman also takes a nuanced look at Steinbrenner, and his more unsavory side, including his two suspensions from baseball, and the Yankees' 12 years of playoff purgatory before their late-'90's resurgence:

I think it is more disrespectful now to Steinbrenner’s legacy to offer a sanitized version of his story. Because he does not become The Boss without the messiness and the ego and the hair-trigger fury. And in becoming The Boss he changed sports more than any men since Branch Rickey and Jackie Robinson.

He belongs in the Hall of Fame. Not because he was perfect. But because he was transcendent. The power of his personality — good and bad — created free agency as we know it, the modern owner and a money pump known as a team-owned network. So there is no LeBron James, Mark Cuban or SNY without Steinbrenner.

CBS 2 also pulled out a long-lost interview with the Boss from 1996, on the eve of the Yankees first World Series game in over a decade, in which he connects that year's team with the spirit of NYC: "There's a mental toughness about these guys and that's New York. They don't quit. They don't quit...They are New York. They represent the mental toughness of New York and I don't care who you are, whether you're a secretary or whoever, you stand on that street corner waving for that cab like everybody else."