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AFTER 18 DAY TENURE, CLARSON OPTS OUT OF WTA TOUR CEO DEAL

          The WTA Tour announced that its newly-named CEO, Ric
     Clarson, has reversed his decision to take the post and will
     remain as VP/Tournament Business Affairs of the PGA Tour. 
     Clarson had accepted the position on December 19 and was set
     to begin a four-year term on January 15 (WTA Tour).  In a
     statement, Clarson said his "heightened awareness of certain
     issues within the organization has made me rethink my
     commitment and reconsider my acceptance of this position"
     (THE DAILY).  WTA Tour Search Committee Board Member Bob
     Arrix said that Clarson "was aware of the challenges and
     opportunities of the job prior to accepting the position." 
     Arrix went on to add that the Tour is hoping to have a CEO
     announcement by the end of the week (WTA Tour).
          THEN AGAIN, MAYBE I WON'T: In N.Y., Robin Finn called
     the news "an embarrassing setback for women's professional
     tennis."  While Clarson did not make his reasons public,
     "there were indications" that they "had to do with his
     reluctance to uproot his family from Florida, as well as a
     reluctance to assume control of a sport that will be without
     a sponsor at the end of 1998, is limited by its $10 million
     operating budget and is beleaguered by a rift" within its
     Players Association (Robin Finn, N.Y. TIMES, 1/7).  In FL,
     Laurie Casaday reports that Clarson's decision "was based"
     on the unsettled Board dispute, which he had the
     "understanding ... would be amicably resolved."  Clarson
     said he "presented a proposal that would settle" the
     conflict, but "it was rejected" (FLORIDA TIMES-UNION, 1/7). 
          TWO PLAYERS? In CONDE NAST SPORTS FOR WOMEN, Andrea
     Leand reports that "potential suitors" for title sponsorship
     of the WTA Tour, "include two multinational electronics
     companies" (CONDE NAST SPORTS FOR WOMEN, 1/98 issue).

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