IS WOODS, DUVAL MADE-FOR-TV EVENT A SLAM OR A SHAM?
IMG and ABC Sports "plan to announce" today an 18-hole,
prime-time exhibition match between David Duval and Tiger
Woods at Sherwood Country Club in CA on August 2. The
winner will receive $1.1M, with a portion of the earnings
going to the players' charity and The First Tee program
(Mult., 5/8). The SPORTSBUSINESS JOURNAL's Andy Bernstein
reports that ABC is currently marketing sponsorship packages
around the event and that Woods' "backers" AmEx and Rolex
are "expected to get the first crack" at deals
(SPORTSBUSINESS JOURNAL, 5/10). In N.Y., Mike Lupica called
the proposed event "junk," and writes that "the two golfers,
if they go forward, should both be ashamed of themselves"
(N.Y. DAILY NEWS, 5/9). Lupica: "If Duval and Woods want to
have a real rivalry, they shouldn't have their handlers make
it for them. If they're good enough, they should make it
for themselves" ("The Sports Reporters," 5/9).