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Volume 10 No. 25

People and Pop Culture

Tennis player Novak Djokovic has “ended his relationship with CAA Sports and is shopping for new representation,” according to Daniel Kaplan of the SPORTSBUSINESS JOURNAL. Djokovic said, “I ended that contract; I am without an agency at the moment. … A transition period is kind of going on right now. I have had a contract with (CAA) I think for four years. … I tried to work it out, and it was successful, but I think I needed to move on.” Many tennis insiders believe Djokovic “will land at IMG.” Kaplan noted fellow players Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer “boast lucrative endorsement portfolios, almost all of which, if not entirely, were negotiated by IMG.” Djokovic, however, “has not found the same market for non-endemic endorsements as Nadal and Federer, and it’s uncertain if new representation could change that.” Two of his largest endemic deals, “racket and apparel, were handled by CAA Sports, and the agency will continue to receive those commissions going forward.” A source said that his apparel deal with Japanese company Uniqlo, “which was announced in May, is for the next five years; his Head racket deal goes for three more years.” Djokovic said, “I am ending most of my contracts that I had from previous years and now I am actually negotiating with many companies for the future” (SPORTSBUSINESS JOURNAL, 8/27 issue).

In all the "brouhaha surrounding the Royal and Ancient Golf Club’s refusal to admit women members," it is often overlooked that there are women-only clubs as well, according to Peter Dixon of the LONDON TIMES. In Berkshire there is Sunningdale Ladies Golf Club, a traditional club that "numbers the late Queen Mother among its former captains." The present captain ANNE STINTON said that the club has been going for 110 years and "has offered associate membership to men for much of that time." When the Equality Act came into force, it was decided to "allow men to become full members - coyly described on the club’s website as The Gentlemen of Sunningdale Ladies Golf Club." Stinton said, "So, were all the members happy with the introduction of a men’s section? It was up and down really. I took golf up in later life and when I was learning to play I played at public courses and was always worried that the men were going to hit us on the head with their wild hitting. We never get anything like that here. There are no wild hitters." When asked about the R&A's stance she said, "Personally, I think it’s their issue. It’s up to them. I don’t think we’re as pushy as the men. One single-sex club that has stayed that way is Formby Ladies Golf Club near Liverpool." Club Secretary ANNE BROMLEY said, "We’re under no pressure at all to admit men. Formby Ladies Club was established in 1896, so we have been going a long time. We are a very traditional club and it works well for us." Ladies' Golf Union CEO SHONA MALCOLM "seems to be taking a softly-softly approach." Malcolm: "It is important that we keep a middle ground as we have no issue with single-gender clubs, both men and women. How a membership is made up should remain the decision of golf clubs" (LONDON TIMES, 8/27).

U.K. Olympian MO FARAH "made a winning return to competition as he enjoyed another victory in front of his home fans" in a two-mile race at the Diamond League competition in Birmingham. His first race since the London Games, Farah "celebrated with his signature 'Mobot' salute after crossing the finish line" at 8:27.24 (, 8/26). ... In a "proud moment for Qatar," SHEIKH MOHAMMED BIN FALEH AL-THANI's horse MUNAHIS recorded an "emphatic victory" in the Scandinavian Arabian Derby in Sweden on Saturday. The win makes the first time a Qatar-owned horse participated in a race in Sweden (GULF TIMES, 8/27). ... The Haryana government honored 19 Olympians, including four Medalists from the London Games. State Chief Minister BHUPINDER SINGH HOODA "gave away a cash award" of Rs 1.5 crore ($269,000) to Silver Medal-winning wrestler SUSHIL KUMAR. Bronze Medalists YOGESHWAR DUTT, GAGAN NARANG and SAINA NEHWAL were given Rs 1 crore ($180,000) each. In addition, they each were given an Audi car worth Rs 50 lakh each. The athletes' coaches "were also honoured" with cash awards of Rs 3 lakh ($5,400) each (THE HINDU, 8/27). In a unanimous decision, sports economist THOMAS KROHNE was voted to succeed WERNER VON MOLTKE as president of the German Volleyball Federation (SÜDDEUTSCHE ZEITUNG, 8/27).

TEE TIME: Spanish golfer JOSÉ MARÍA OLAZÁBAL has named IAN POULTER and NICOLAS COLSAERTS as his two wildcard picks for next month's Ryder Cup in Chicago (LONDON TIMES, 8/27). ... South Korean-born New Zealand teenager LYDIA KO won the Canadian Women's Open on Sunday "to become the youngest player to ever win an LPGA event." The 15-year-old finished the 72 holes on 13-under-par 275 at the Vancouver Golf Club course, beating this year's Evian Masters champion PARK INBEE by three shots (KOREA HERALD, 8/27).

BBC presenter Gary Lineker: "Congratulations @IanJamesPoulter on your Ryder Cup selection. A pick universally agreed with and that is unusual. Good luck mate!"

ESPN football commentator Adrian Healey: "Is this Spurs/RMadrid "partnership" based on them both wearing white, both having Portuguese managers & both tending not to win the CL?"

Sports Illustrated's Grant Wahl: "5-point gap for Barcelona over Real Madrid after 2 games only mildly offset by Barça's bizarre orange & yellow Halloween costume shirts."

U.K. Olympian Mo Farah: "It's 4.30am!!! And I'm still up....!! The TWINS are keeping me up....!!! HELP...!!!!!"

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