Last week rebel shareholders helped transfer control of the team from the old-guard owners to a Scot-born Canadian businessman named Fergus McCann, who is expected to inject $27 million into the financially struggling franchise. Says Celts for Change leader Matt McGlone, "We've got what we wanted. It seems that Celtic has a future once again."
Are you listening, Boston?
Beman: The Right Man
When Deane Beman replaced Joe Dey in 1974 as commissioner of what was then called the Tournament Players Division, the PGA Tour had a prize-money total of $8.1 million. Today, the regular, Senior and Nike tours have a combined purse of $103 million, and much of the credit must go to Beman, part visionary, part profiteer and all competitor. His announcement that he will retire at the end of 1995, when his contract expires—sooner if a replacement is found—leaves the game scrambling for a capable successor.
Beman is responsible for the most successful new sports venture in the last decade—the Senior tour. And he recognized early the high demographic attraction of golf to advertisers, devising a TV package that has become the lifeblood of the regular and Senior tours. On the other hand, many players have charged him and his staff with being secretive about the way the Tour manages its finances. He has not found a way to accommodate foreign stars like Seve Ballesteros and Nick Faldo, who have resisted his rule that a player must enter a minimum of 15 events a year to remain on the Tour. Most personally enervating to Beman was the protracted legal battle stemming from the Tour's attempt in 1990 to ban Ping square-grooved irons. The suit was settled out of court last April, with the clubs, which were never effectively banned, remaining in use.
But even the majority of Beman's critics acknowledge his contributions. Finding a new commissioner with the resourcefulness, business acumen and passion for golf will not be easy.
Same Ol' George
George Steinbrenner likes to say that he has mellowed. Tell that to pitcher Jim Abbott. Last week Steinbrenner began his annual spring training grumble by suggesting that Abbott curtail his "extracurricular" activities because they are interfering with his work on the mound. And what, exactly, has the licentious Abbott been up to?
It seems that Abbott, who was born without a right hand, does a lot of charity work for the Little League Challenger Division, which offers support and advice for handicapped children.
Meanwhile, Gentle George said he was "in no position to judge [Yankee DH] Danny Tartabull," who had drawn criticism for delaying off-season shoulder surgery until Nov. 30, so that he could go on a three-week European vacation.