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  • GREG NORMAN INKS REPRESENTATION DEAL WITH CAA SPORTS

    By Liz Mullen, Staff Writer, SportsBusiness Journal

    Greg Norman Signs With CAA Sports
    CAA Sports has signed global golf icon Greg Norman and his company, Great White Shark Enterprises, for representation across a variety of platforms, including television, broadcasting, marketing and endorsements, licensing, speaking and digital media.

    The signing of Norman marks CAA’s entry into the representation of golf players. Andy Pierce, who joined CAA from IMG in late April, will head a team of CAA agents who will represent Norman and Great White Shark Enterprises.

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  • LPGA TODAY TO FORMALLY ANNOUNCE THAT CAROLYN BIVENS HAS STEPPED DOWN

    The LPGA will formally announce that Commissioner Carolyn Bivens has stepped down from her post during a 1:00pm ET press conference today at the tour's HQs in Daytona Beach. The announcement will be made live on Golf Channel by BOD Chair Dawn Hudson, BOD members Marsha Evans and Christina Kim, and retired player Annika Sorenstam. They are also expected to announce an interim commissioner while the board conducts a formal search (Jon Show, SportsBusiness Journal).

    Golfer and LPGA Board member Juli Inkster said of Bivens' tenure, "“I think Carolyn’s done a lot of great things for our tour, and I think she worked really hard. But some of the things she tried to do just didn’t work, and whether it’s her fault or not, it just wasn’t working” (N.Y. TIMES, 7/13). Inkster added, "I think Carolyn got a bum rap by being a woman in a man’s world. … She went in there saying this is the way it’s going to be, instead of a softer approach” (GOLFCHANNEL.com, 7/12).

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