In Atlanta, Furman Bisher reports that there is a "pile
of endorsements out there" for U.S. Amateur Champion Matt
Kuchar should he decide to turn pro. IMG's Bev Norwood, on
Kuchar: "Very marketable. Highly marketable. On
marketability he's ready. As for his game, I'm not so sure"
(ATLANTA CONSTITUTION, 7/17)....Packers TE Mark Chmura has
signed a deal with Mug Root Beer and will appear in radio/
print ads for the drink, and on POP displays. Chmura also
signed to appear in TV spots for Milwaukee-based Opensided
MRI, which will begin running in August. Chmura's marketing
is handled by WI-based Ad Cetera (Ad Cetera). ...English
soccer player Stan Collymore, who "has received negative
publicity since hitting his girlfriend ... in a Paris bar on
the eve of the opening game of the World Cup," has lost his
$4M deal with Diadora sportswear. Diadora UK announced that
they were severing ties with Collymore because he "had not
complied with contractual obligations" (Mult., 7/17).
...Marquette Univ. men's basketball coach Mike Deane and
Notre Dame men's basketball coach John MacLeod signed with
WI-based Sports Marketing and Management Group for exclusive
representation in contract and marketing deals (SM2G).