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Sports Nordstrom takes Callaway apparel off the shelf



Santee Company Teams With NFL Retirees for Auto Manufacturing Plants

Golf enthusiasts will no longer find Callaway Golf Co. apparel at Nordstrom stores.

As of Dec. 31, the company will no longer carry the golf manufacturer’s men’s and women’s apparel, men’s footwear and sun and skin-care products.

The companies said the decision was a mutual one, based on “their differing growth strategies.”

“We appreciate the opportunity our partnership with Callaway Golf Co. gave us to offer unique and exclusive products from a recognized name in golf,” Gail Cottle, president of Seattle-based Nordstrom Product Group, said in a statement. “But over the years our evolving strategy for development of our golf resources called for a change in our approach to exclusive license agreements.”

Nordstrom has manufactured and retailed the Callaway line exclusively since 1994.

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NFL Hits The Road:

World Transport Authority, with headquarters in Santee, and the National Football League Retired Players Foundation have teamed up to provide inexpensive, rugged utility vehicles and business training in Africa.

WTA, developer of the WorldStar vehicle, recently signed a letter of intent with the NFL Retired Players Foundation to allow the foundation to fund and operate factories in the continent to build the vehicles, to be called the Africar, and become the Economic Development Program licensee for the continent.

The Retired Players Association is sanctioned by the NFL and the NFL Players Association to assist young people and the underprivileged. There are more than 9,000 retired NFL players worldwide currently accessible to the foundation.

Under the Economic Development Program, prospective entrepreneurs would be enrolled in a six- to 12-week course of study of their choice of several previously defined areas of commerce appropriate to the use of the Africar vehicle, such as taxi service or small-package deliveries. At the end of their studies, participants will be issued a utility vehicle through a loan guarantee program.

A final agreement is expected to be signed by May 18.


Super Choice:

Ky Snyder, president of the San Diego International Sports Council, recently was named president of the San Diego Super Bowl Host Committee.

“Ky has been very instrumental in working with the Chargers, the city (of San Diego) and the National Football League in coordinating planning efforts for Super Bowl XXXVII,” said Ron Fowler, chairman of the San Diego Super Bowl Task Force Inc. “He is a leader with the experience necessary to guide this event that will place San Diego in a worldwide spotlight.”

The host committee will be made of local individuals serving on various subcommittees to ensure the success of the game and activities surrounding it. Administrative staff of the International Sports Council will serve as the management arm for the host committee.

Super Bowl XXXVII will be played at Qualcomm Stadium on Jan. 26, 2003. This makes the third time the Super Bowl has been played in San Diego. Super Bowl XXII was played in 1988 and Super Bowl XXXII was at the Q in 1998.

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Chargers Appoint Shean:

John Shean was recently named vice president of sales and marketing for the San Diego Chargers. Shean will supervise all sales and marketing efforts for the team, including the sale of suites, advertising, broadcast television and radio and new media. Shean most recently was the vice president of sales for the NFL’s Arizona Cardinals. Dennis Ackerman was appointed CIF San Diego Section commissioner. Ackerman, who has been the section’s assistant commissioner since 1996, succeeds Jan Jessop, who is retiring.

The deadline for the next Sports Biz column is Thursday, May 17. Send related items to dward@sdbj.com.

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