TOP TRACK STARS SKIP NATIONALS FOR NIKE'S MEETS
Because of a scheduling conflict with two Australian
meets run by Nike, top U.S. sprinters "are going to be on
the other side of the globe" when the U.S. National Indoor
Track and Field Championships are held next week in Atlanta,
according to Ben Weber of the N.Y. POST. Nike will feature
their athletes, in a series of Australian meets to "preview"
the 2000 Games, around the same time of the U.S. Nationals.
Nike's Jim Small said the scheduling "isn't the greatest,"
while USATF Dir Craig Masbeck said that the conflict "stems
from a lack of communication" between USATF and Nike.
Masbeck: "I'm sure it wasn't intentional and it will never
happen again." Weber: "There needs to be a single governing
body over track in this country with the power to make sure
things like this never happen. ... USATF has to find a way
to work with corporate America" (N.Y. POST, 2/23).