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MCGUIRE PROPOSES BOARD SHAKE-UP ON WTA TOUR

          WTA Tour CEO Bart McGuire "has proposed major overhauls
     to the tour's board of directors," according to Robin Finn
     of the N.Y. TIMES.  The proposal would "not only give him a
     regular voting role on the 10-member board, but would also
     restructure the board to include three directors with
     business experience that is not directly related to tennis." 
     Finn reports McGuire is "seeking outsiders, specifically
     those with expertise" in TV and marketing to bring "balanced
     business judgment" to the tour.  Finn: "The current board
     has often been criticized for fiduciary conflict of
     interest."  Sources within the women's tour indicate that
     the proposed changes to the board have "the backing of the
     players, the International Tennis Federation and the [USTA]. 
     But support from tournament directors, "whose seats on the
     board would be trimmed, was less certain"(N.Y. TIMES, 3/18).
     
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