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FORMER PGA TOUR EXEC RIC CLARSON TAKES WTA'S CENTER COURT
Published January 5, 1998
The WTA Tour officially named Ric Clarson as its new CEO. Clarson, who was the PGA Tour's VP/Tournament Business Affairs, will begin his four-year term this month (WTA Tour). In a teleconference with the media, Clarson noted some "boiler plate issues" facing the Tour: "Certainly, the umbrella sponsorship resell is first and foremost. We need to take a look at the joint event concept that the ATP Tour has been pushing forth with. Internal operations needs a review. And, by the end of the year, hopefully, we are going to have a strategic plan for stability and growth for the years going forward." Clarson added that he was interested in the Exec Dir position last spring, and talked to the Tour board about the opening: "I think they decided they were looking for more of an insider. [But] when they were not able to agree on anyone, I was recontacted and looked at it again" (WTA Tour). Clarson's new position will pay him $250,000 annually (Robin Finn, N.Y. TIMES, 12/20).