ATP Tournaments Battling Helfant Over His Proposed Contract
Tournaments are battling ATP World Tour Exec Chair & President Adam Helfant "over his proposed next contract," and his future with the sport is "possibly at risk," according to sources cited by Daniel Kaplan of SPORTSBUSINESS JOURNAL. The sources said that Helfant signed a "three-year, incentive-laden deal in 2009, and this year he will cash in with compensation topping" $3M. That is a "record amount for the ATP World Tour and WTA Tour." Before Helfant, the ATP's top exec "historically made less than $1 million." The tournaments "would like a more conservatively structured contract," but sources said that Helfant is "balking at that idea" (SPORTSBUSINESS JOURNAL, 4/4 issue).