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In taking on the World Tour, PGA Tour Commissioner TIM FINCHEM "launched the most efficient pre-emtive strike golf has ever seen," according to Larry Dorman in this morning's N.Y. TIMES profile on Finchem. "That Finchem is an emerging force in the big-time world of sports commissioners is a given, but just where does he fit?" Dorman writes that Finchem "presides over a sport with possibly the cleanest image of all" (N.Y. TIMES, 2/1).
At Raycom, CHUCK SELF was promoted to VP of Affiliate Relations. Self, 34, was Director of Affiliate Relations in the Southern Region. LAURA SHORT was promoted to Affiliate Relations Account Executive. Short, 25, was Contract Admistrator (Raycom)....RICHARD FLIGHT has been named PR Director for the Birmingham Barons. Flight replaces FRANK BUCCIERI, who resigned to become Assistant GM for Jackson of the Texas League (Mult., 2/1)....BARRY WATKINS, the PR director for the New York Rangers, was named VP/PR and Marketing for MSG Network (N.Y. POST, 2/1).