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YOU WIN SOME, YOU LOSE SOME: TWO SIDES ON LPGA'S MECHEM
Published July 21, 1995
As the JAL Big Apple Classic takes place this weekend in New Rochelle, NY, the New York media has turned its attention to the LPGA. Columns in today's N.Y. TIMES and N.Y. POST offer contrasting views on outgoing LPGA Commissioner Charles Mechem. N.Y. TIMES: Mechem's view of the Ben Wright episode is summed up with -- "Exposure, that's what we need most." Columnist Robert Lipsyte calls Mechem's handling of the incident "a model of damage control," adding that the LPGA got "desperately needed ink and air time from the incident." Lipsyte also notes Mechem's initial trouble with sponsors, whose assumptions made it impossible for him to sell a piece of the game. Mechem: "I wish every male in the decision-making chain could experience the frustration and puzzlement I've encountered, the reality of discrimination that exists in women's issues" (N.Y. TIMES, 7/21) N.Y. POST: Phil Mushnick's "Equal Time" column opens, "The 1995 Reggie Jackson Award for Phoniness in the Name of Protecting Sports goes to Charles S. Mechem, Jr., the soon-to-retire commissioner of the LPGA." Mushnick calls photo layouts of several players in the LPGA's "Fairway Magazine," an "absurd, insulting and poorly disguised attempt to promote sexuality" (N.Y. POST, 7/21).