slated to be released in May
LPGA CHALLENGES: In New Mexico, Mary Armstrong writes the LPGA has "some challenges that the PGA doesn't have." The "problem of marketing foreign players" is "foremost on most people's minds." Other sports "have to deal with a wide ranging international field," and the LPGA "could take some pointers from the WTA." LPGA member Hee Young Park, a South Korea native, "appears confident, fun and outgoing" in a golf lesson video posted online, "even though the lesson is totally in Korean." Armstrong: "And yet, I didn't recognize her name. The LPGA just isn't doing enough to publicize the personalities on tour" (Las Cruces SUN-NEWS, 2/11).
ANY COURT WILL DO: In N.Y., Frank Isola reports Lakers G Kobe Bryant "may be willing to return to his Italian roots if he doesn't agree with the terms" of a new NBA CBA. A Lakers player said that Bryant "recently threatened, 'I'll play in Europe' when they were discussing the potential of an NBA lockout this summer and the ramifications of a new CBA" (N.Y. DAILY NEWS, 2/11).