A few years earlier, the National Hockey League had made headlines with the decision to allow female reporters to conduct locker-room interviews after the All-Star Game. Within a year, women had broken a couple of major sports stories. But not everyone was happy. In a preemptive move following the hockey decision, baseball commissioner Bowie Kuhn and the MLB decided to formally oppose the admission of women into post-game locker rooms, even with some teams that would have preferred a more open policy, like the New York Yankees. When the Yankees made it to the playoffs in , Sports Illustrated assigned Melissa Ludtke to cover the series—but MLB told her that, as a woman, she could not report from inside the locker room.