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FOX PRESIDENT DEFENDS WORLD GOLF TOUR IDEA

     Fox Television President/CEO David Evans said the network
"is not the bad guy in the World Golf Tour's conflict with the
PGA Tour."  Evans: "It's easy to say Rupert Murdoch has thrown
his money around and he and Greg Norman have tried to take over
golf, but that's not the case."  Evans disputes PGA Tour
Commissioner Tim Finchem's claim that the World Tour is "not in
the best interests of golf."  Evans, who signed the contract for
Fox to own the TV rights to the World Tour, said he is not sure
how far the World Tour will go to stage its events in '95:  "I
don't know whether they will try to take on the PGA Tour in the
courts or whether that's a good idea.  But we at Fox are going to
wait and see.  That's all we can do.  We're not about to engage
in pro-active legal activities" (Thomas Bonk, L.A. TIMES, 12/1).
In USA TODAY, Steve Hershey argues in favor of a World Tour
concept (USA TODAY, 12/1).
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