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MARTIN TRIAL A HOT TOPIC AS PROCEEDINGS BEGIN TODAY IN OR

          Casey Martin's challenge to the PGA Tour's walking rule
     goes to court in Eugene, OR, today as Martin tries to prove
     that a cart is "a reasonable modification to the tour's
     rules, not a fundamental change" (Richard Sandomir, N.Y.
     TIMES, 2/2).  USA TODAY's Harry Blauvelt reports that a 12-
     minute videotape showing Martin's right leg "without support
     stockings, which reduce swelling," will "highlight today's
     court proceeding."  Blauvelt adds that Court TV petitioned
     for permission to show the trial "but was turned down" (USA
     TODAY, 2/2).  Martin will be led by attorney William Wiswall
     and ADA "expert" Martha Walters, while the PGA Tour's
     defense team will be led by AZ-attorney William Maledon
     (Thomas Heath, WASHINGTON POST, 2/2).  Reaction toward the
     Martin case continues to be strong.  A sampling follows:
          REAX: Tom Kite offers an op-ed in the N.Y. TIMES and
     writes, "We cannot change an integral aspect of our sport
     for any one person" (N.Y. TIMES, 2/2).  Martin's case was
     featured on "The Sports Reporters."  Bob Ryan: "You can't
     walk, you can't play."  Mike Lupica: "They are missing a
     great kid here, a great story" (ESPN, 2/1).  In Chicago, Sam
     Smith: "It has been such a disappointment to see the golf
     community ... fail to stand up and defend Martin on this
     basic issue of human decency" (CHICAGO TRIBUNE, 2/1).  In
     Dallas, Kevin Blackistone wrote that golf "still doesn't see
     itself as a game for everyone, hence the argument it will
     make ... that it is a private, not a public, concern and,
     therefore not subject to the law" (MORNING NEWS, 2/1).  
          NIKE'S ROLE: In N.Y., Marcia Chambers writes that with
     its sponsorship of both Martin and the Nike Tour, Nike has
     its money "on both sides of this dispute."  Tom Fox, Nike's
     U.S. Dir of Sports Marketing: "It does not affect our
     relationship with the tour.  We don't agree with them in
     this particular case" (N.Y. TIMES, 2/2).  Martin wore a Nike
     hat, shirt and sneakers, for weekend meetings with his
     lawyers.  Martin: "As for other endorsements, there's a lot
     riding on the trial in that respect" (USA TODAY, 2/2).

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