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Published June 8, 1998
GOLF: CNN's Jim Huber examined the USGA's potential ban on titanium clubs and said "there are some who feel the USGA might be the one that suffers in the end." Senior PGA Tour player Rocky Thompson, on the USGA: "I like them. But collectively, they can make some of the dumbest decisions in the history of sports." Huber said that "numerous legal battles" are expected should the USGA take legal action, but that many pros said that there "seems to be willingness to adopt a uniform golf ball on that level," but not a limit on clubs ("Pro Golf Weekly," 6/6). In Philadelphia, Joe Logan wrote that the debate is "shaping up as the biggest showdown golf has seen in years" (PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER, 6/7). MJ AS CEO? In Chicago, Susan Chandler reports that an image Michael Jordan "is carefully cultivating" as his career comes to an end, is, "MJ as CEO." He will oversee the Jordan Brand sports apparel, which will expand to "lifestyle apparel with a sports feel similar to the Tommy Hilfiger, Nautica and Polo Sport lines" (CHICAGO TRIBUNE, 6/8). In NJ, Paul Dottino reports that Jordan "is in the middle of renegotiating" his autographed memorabilia deal with Upper Deck, "meaning he is not signing any items" and dealers are unable to fill orders (Bergen RECORD, 6/7). NOTES: The Packers remained the leader in NFL licensed apparel sold in figures through March 31, followed by the Cowboys and 49ers. The Broncos, who placed 14th in '96, "jumped to fourth place," while the Bucs moved from 28th place in '96 sales to 16th, the biggest increase by any club (USA TODAY, 6/8)....Agent John Counsell, father of Marlins 2B Craig Counsell, has found a "endorsement vacuum" trying to market his son. John Counsell: "I have a pretty good product in Craig Counsell. But (South Florida's) feeling is this is Craig Counsell the Marlin, and the Marlins right now aren't very popular" (Ft. Lauderdale SUN-SENTINEL, 6/7).