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Published January 13, 1999
The Sports Authority CEO Marty Hanaka, on the NBA's return: "I think people are very apathetic about basketball. It could even have a longer rebound period than baseball." He said that NBA-related merchandise makes up about 10-12% of The Sports Authority's sales (SUN-SENTINEL, 1/12). CALLAWAY SLICES SOME OF ENDORSERS: The SPORTSBUSINESS JOURNAL's Liz Mullen reports that Callaway Golf has "cut the number of professional golfers who endorse its clubs by more than" 40% as part of an $18M reduction of the company's advertising and promotion budget. Jim Furyk and Patty Sheehan are among the 33 of 79 golfers Callaway has dropped as endorsers (SPORTSBUSINESS JOURNAL, 1/11 issue). OTHER NOTES: Agent Bruce Levy, on the Univ. of TN's Chamique Holdsclaw: "Corporate America is chomping at the bit. They are desperate to get hold of Chamique. There is a feeling that she is going to rewrite the history of women's sport and companies are anxious to be involved with that" (LONDON TIMES, 1/10)....The USTA aired a "Get In The Game" promo spot during the Jags-Jets Divisional Playoff game on CBS. With the game earning a 20.9 Nielsen overnight rating, the USTA said if "just" 2.3% of the viewers "Get In The Game," it would "realize its goal of bringing 800,000 new players" to the tennis before the year 2002 (USTA).