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Doral-Ryder Open tournament officials "have not capped ticket sales, but they're considering it," due to the participation of Tiger Woods, according to Randall Mell of the Ft. Lauderdale SUN-SENTINEL. The event was expected to attract more than 100,000 fans for the week without Woods, but his presence has "driven up attendance by as much as 40,000 at other events." The GTE Byron Nelson Classic and the MasterCard Colonial both closed their gates with sellouts when Woods played last summer (SUN-SENTINEL, 3/3). ...The Visitors Bureau of Greater Kansas City is expecting 27,000 fans -- about 70% from out of town -- at this week's Big 12 men's and women's basketball tournaments. Execs expect the combined spending to top $18M (K.C. STAR, 3/3).
Filmmaker Michael Moore's documentary "The Big One," which features a segment on Nike, debuts this April, and Moore claims that Nike Dir of Communications Lee Weinstein "invited him to breakfast and asked, 'What would we have to do to remove a couple of scenes from the movie?,'" according to Jeff Gordinier of ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY. Moore: "I didn't know what he meant. Is he offering me money? Or, like free shoes for life? I just stopped him and said, 'There's nothing you can do to remove those scenes.'" Nike spokesperson Vada Manager "confirms" that Weinstein met with Moore but says that the story "is just untrue." Manager: "It was actually Moore himself who offered to change the ending if Nike built a shoe factory in Flint [MI]." Moore said that Miramax, producers of "The Big One," and Nike had discussions on a possible cross-promo for the studio's upcoming film, "The Mighty," but negotiations "crumbled." Moore: "It is believed by some people at Miramax that (it's) retaliation for their distributing The Big One" (EW, 3/6).