Maybe it's just some kind of daddy ****. You know what I mean? Maybe it's easier for him to pass on it because he knows Vince will go instead. He'd "give a prowbowl" away to someone he cares about. Steve cares about Vince and we all know what kind of guy Steve is (hey, multi-yearmulti-million years contracts are multi-yearmulti-million years contracts) so it's a good rationalization for him to bow out because maybe he even feels Vince deserves it and he can live vicariously through him watching him on tv back on the farm with a whisky sour in his hand. Steve likely hates long flights anyways. Ironically he can give Vince some advice on how to book a flight.