PITCHER PERFECT: David Wells could earn $350,000 in
endorsements following his perfect game. In Boston, Nick
Cafardo reports that one company "hot for his services" is
South Paws, which sells a line of T-shirts and jeans. Two
memorabilia companies have offered "upwards" of $175,000 for
a collection of "perfect game" balls signed by Wells (BOSTON
GLOBE, 5/22)....Kerry Wood jerseys went on sale in the Cubs
gift shop this week for $129 (CHICAGO TRIBUNE, 5/22).
NOTES: Sabres G Dominik Hasek has "deals in works" for
an arcade game, memorabilia and "Dominator" clothing to be
sold in the Czech Republic (WALL STREET JOURNAL, 5/22).
...In CA, John Reger wrote that Liquidmetal clubs "could be
one of the most important innovations in golf since the
introduction of titanium." With a set of irons costing as
much as $2,700, Liqiudmetal CEO James Kang said, "We're
trying to reach the purist. We want the guy who wants the
Ferrari or the Rolls Royce" (ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER, 5/21).
...In L.A., Greg Johnson examined Magic Johnson's business
dealing, and wrote that if his upcoming TV show and
businesses are successful, he may eventually join a "select
group" of former athletes, including Roger Staubach and
Roger Penske, "known as much for their business coups as
their sporting achievements" (L.A. TIMES, 5/21).