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SBD/30/Leagues Governing Bodies
Published January 30, 1998
MARTIN CASE: PGA Tour Commissioner Tim Finchem and Casey Martin's attorney William Wiswall have contributed opinion pieces to ESPN's SportsZone regarding Martin's case, which goes to trial Monday. Finchem: "The PGA Tour strongly supports the spirit of the [ADA] ... [b]ut we also have an obligation to our members and the sport to provide tournament conditions that are equitable for all golfers." Wiswall: "The PGA Tour has missed a golden opportunity to embrace a highly talented golfer. It should accommodate Casey Martin" (ESPN SportsZone, 1/30)....In the Bergen RECORD, Adrian Wojnarowski criticized Tiger Woods for not supporting Martin's quest and wrote that Nike's "most famous golfing pitchman is nowhere to be found." Last year, Woods' "mandate" was to make golf "the game of all the people. ... Sadly, Woods has learned his Madison Avenue lessons well, the ones Michael Jordan has perfected: Courageous stands don't push product." Wojnarowski: "So far, [Woods] seems perfectly content to win majors, collect his endorsements, and never miss a Planet Hollywood bash" (RECORD, 1/29). NHL: Blues F Brett Hull, who lashed out against the league Wednesday, saying the quality of play "sucks," spoke with Commissioner Gary Bettman yesterday, according to Tom Wheatley of the ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH. Hull: "[Bettman] said 'We see everything you do on the ice. We're addressing it. But we don't need you to say the game sucks.' And he's right" (POST-DISPATCH, 1/30). In Calgary, Jim Kernaghan writes that the NHL "will be whatever marketing dictates ... [t]his isn't about sports you know, it's about what Bettman likes to call 'growing the league' and establishing a greater NHL 'footprint'" (FREE PRESS/CALGARY SUN, 1/30).