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The Marlins announced the resignation of Media Relations Dir CHUCK POOL. He had been with the team since '92. His duties will be assumed by RON COLANGELO (USA TODAY, 8/27)....AL LAMACCHIA, Blue Jays VP of Baseball, will leave Toronto for the job of Coordinator of Scouting with the Devil Rays (TORONTO SUN, 8/27)....DOUG POWELL has been appointed Sales & Marketing Manager for Descente America's ski division (DENVER POST, 8/27)....ERIC MAGNUSON, formerly Millsport L.I.C.'s VP/Account Supervisor, has been named Exec Dir for Pac-10 Properties, the newly formed joint venture of the Pac-10 and Liberty/Fox (Gould Media).
STEPHEN BRUNT, sports columnist for the Toronto GLOBE & MAIL, has written "Diamond Dreams: 20 Years of Blue Jays Baseball," released by Viking. The GLOBE & MAIL's William Humber: "'Diamond Dreams' testifies to the magnificence of the Toronto Blue Jays," and it is "the perfect contemporary baseball history of a team" (TORONTO GLOBE & MAIL, 8/24). ..."The Dark Side of the Game: My Life in the NFL," by NFL veteran and Fox-TV analyst TIM GREEN, is published by Warner Books. In Tacoma, Bob Condotta notes, "Green is at his best in simply describing the day-to-day life of an NFL player" (Tacoma NEWS TRIBUNE, 8/24)....The TAMPA TRIBUNE's H.A. BRANHAM has written "Sampras: A Legend in the Works" to be released by Bonus Books. The book "is not biographical, but centers of Sampras' last year of major events." Excerpts run in today's TRIBUNE (TAMPA TRIBUNE, 8/27).
Sports Marketing Letter's annual "Ten Most Wanted List," based on endorsement earnings, was released with the following '96 earning potential results: MICHAEL JORDAN ($38M), SHAQUILLE O'NEAL ($23M), ARNOLD PALMER ($16M), ANDRE AGASSI ($15.8M), JACK NICKLAUS ($14.5M), GRANT HILL ($14M), JOE MONTANA ($12M), WAYNE GRETZKY ($8.75M), DEION SANDERS ($6M) and HAKEEM OLAJUWON ($5M). No women were included in the list for the first time. NANCY KERRIGAN and BONNIE BLAIR were previously listed (Mult., 8/27).
Golfer Tiger Woods has reportedly decided to begin his pro career, according to Larry Dorman of the N.Y. TIMES. It "will start" with a deal with Nike worth $40M over the next five years, and his "coming-out party" is set for Wednesday, when he is expected to announced he will play in the Greater Milwaukee Open. The "hottest rumor" was that Woods would leave the Portland, OR, area after winning the U.S. Amateur Championship and "jet cross- country in a Gulfstream IV" owned by Nike's Phil Knight. In addition to the Nike deal, Woods reportedly will sign with Titleist for $3M over three years, the largest golf deal ever for a rookie. Those "familiar with his plans say Woods will play in seven tournaments before the end of the year," and to make the top 125 and earn his '97 PGA Tour card. There "is a twinge of concern over his choice of a management company, which, by all accounts, will be" IMG. IMG "has suffered several high-profile defections recently," including Greg Norman, Nick Price, and "according to some knowledgeable insiders -- will include Nick Faldo." Dorman calls Woods "a huge coup for its [IMG's] golf division" (N.Y. TIMES, 8/27). Len Ziehm of the CHICAGO SUN-TIMES reports Woods will "likely" turn pro Wednesday (CHICAGO SUN- TIMES, 8/27). Several player-agents agreed Woods is a "can't miss pro" with endorsement potential between $5-10M a year (WASHINGTON POST, 8/27). GENTLE TIGER: A N.Y. TIMES editorial notes golf "could use a fresh marquee face," while adding, "It seems particularly fitting that the leading candidate for golf superstardom is black" (N.Y. TIMES, 8/27). The PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER: "The shame is that our times forces talented kids to coolly measure their market value before they've had a chance to form their moral values" (PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER, 8/27). The N.Y. TIMES' Dorman notes Woods is "a marvelous player, a genius, a man of color in a predominately lily-white sport who has the potential to make an impact of Arthur Ashe proportions on the game" (N.Y. TIMES, 8/27). HE'S A STAR, BABY: NBC's coverage Sunday of the U.S. Amateur earned a 5.3 overnight Nielsen rating, making it the highest Sunday overnight rating for a golf tournament this year save for the U.S. Open, The Masters and the Bob Hope Chrysler Classic. This was the first U.S. Amateur on network TV since '89 and was the first of four for NBC. Dorman notes, "Tiger Woods made it very clear on Sunday. He is a TV star" (N.Y. TIMES, 8/27). In Philadelphia, Mike Bruton notes credit for NBC's coverage of the U.S. Amateur goes to NBC Sports Senior VP Jon Miller, who noticed "how viewers had gotten excited about match play" when they showed the Ryder Cup last year (PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER, 8/27). In Boston, Jack Craig notes Woods' "appeal was demonstrated by the size of the audience," adding Woods brings a "rare combination of youthful maturity, stunning talent and elusive charisma." Craig: "No one knows quite how to deal with this phenom." ESPN announced it will pick up the first two rounds of the Greater Milwaukee Open. The tournament already was scheduled for weekend coverage on ABC. Jack Craig writes, "Never before has a golf telecast been arranged for a single player" (BOSTON GLOBE, 8/27).