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Published April 12, 1995
GREG NORMAN is on the cover of April's issue of MEN'S JOURNAL. Norman defended his proposed World Golf Tour: "The game of golf has transcended American golf. ... There's no way, absolutely no way this tour will undermine a $450 million business like the PGA Tour. I personally think the PGA Tour is trying to keep their players with them more to protect their business than for the betterment of golf." John Paul Newport writes, "As much as any athlete in thistory, [Norman] has managed to become not just a champion endorser of products but in many cases the owner or part-owner of the companies whose products he endorses." Cited are Cobra Golf (Norman has a 12% stake) and Reebok, whose independent Shark-logoed subsidiary does $200M in annual sales (MEN'S JOURNAL, 4/95 issue)....Roy Firestone looked at the history and tradition of Boston Garden and interviewed Celtics President RED AUEBERACH. Auerbach: "Well the Bruins, because they own it. The people who own the Bruins own the Garden. ... We (the Celtics) are the ones that gave the Boston Garden the international recognition" ("Up Close," ESPN, 4/11)....The tentative schedule was announced for the Baltimore Sport Symposium and Trade Show. Among the guest speakers: Padres President & CEO LARRY LUCCHINO, Redskins Dir of Public Relations RICK VAUGHN, Baltimore CFL Club VP & CFO ARIC HOLSINGER, Orioles Dir of Stadium Ops ROY SOMMERHOFF, Agent TONI AGNONE, Maryland Stadium Authority Exec Dir BRUCE HOFFMAN, Astrodome USA Dir of Ops MICHAEL COAKLEY, TBS Properties VP of Sports Facilities JANET MARIE SMITH, Padres Dir of Public Relations DR. CHARLES STEINBERG, BERNIE KLOPPENBURG of ARAMART, and JIM SPEROS, Owner and President of the Baltimore CFL Club. The symposium will be held June 21-24 (Baltimore Sport Symposium).