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FOX PRESIDENT DEFENDS WORLD GOLF TOUR IDEA
Published December 1, 1994
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).