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Published April 29, 1997
The U.S. Supreme Court declined to consider a challenge to a city of Baltimore ordinance that bans billboards advertising cigarettes or beer. The ruling "is likely to encourage other cities" to ban public ads for tobacco (L.A. TIMES, 4/29). In the Baltimore ordinance, the Camden Yards area was exempt (USA TODAY, 4/29)....Coca-Cola unveiled 16 new TV spots under its "Always Coca-Cola" campaign. Of the 16 spots, 15 come from Hollywood agency, Edge Creative and one from Leo Burnett (ATLANTA CONSTITUTION, 4/29)....Shell "has taken a lead sponsorship position" in the 240-acre World Golf Village being built in St. Augustine, FL. Shell will receive signage throughout the complex and a client hospitality venue when the complex opens next year. ...Champion is "expected to ship" its first round of WNBA apparel to retail in June. A TV ad with Lady Footlocker is under development (BRANDWEEK, 4/28)....U.S. soccer player Julie Foudy traveled to Pakistan to tour factory production before becoming a Reebok spokesperson. Foudy: "I know there's still other social issues there to be dealt with, but as far as what Reebok was doing, I left feeling good about it" (TAMPA TRIBUNE, 4/26)....Investment manager Financorp Group International Corp. and an affiliate acquired 5.33% of common shares outstanding in The Sports Authority. The NY-based group paid $30.825M for the 1.68 million shares, an average of $18.37 a share (N.Y. POST, 4/29)....Nike shares fell 2 3/4 to $53.37 1/2 yesterday after a Hambrecht & Quist analyst lowered fiscal '98 U.S. sales growth estimates to 4-5% from 10% and downgraded Nike to a hold from a buy (N.Y. DAILY NEWS, 4/28).