I think that's a money savings thing maybe. They don't have plans to replace him, so.....no marketing? I'm sure Fred and Rod aren't sitting around going "man, I don't have enough to do" so how are they going to handle additional responsibilities? I bet this falls on our boy Michael Thompson. Longer hours ahead Michael?
Also, why oh why do they have to talk about MJ? MJ is the head guy on the basketball side, not involved in day-to-day operations. He doesn't have anything to do with marketing, other than his name being associated with the team.