The Michael Jordan Invitational in Las Vegas features a big list of celebrity players, including current superstars and Hall of Famers from virtually every sport. That’s a good thing for star gazing, but not such a good thing if you’re a tournament organizer trying to keep those stars from running into a buzz saw of adult collectors and dealers. Some of the latter are just looking to turn a day on the links into a profit-making venture. This year, they might as well just stay home.
Hundreds flocked to Shadow Creek for last year’s inaugural tournament and it got so far out of hand, organizers have decided to eliminate it–or try their darndest–this year. They say anyone trying to bring sports memorabilia to be signed will be stopped at the gate. If you’ve got a jersey in your hand and not on your back, they say they’ll confiscate it.
Celebrities scheduled to attend include Jordan, Marcus Allen, Brian Baumgartner, Jerome Bettis, Brandi Chastain, Chris Chelios, Eddie Cibrian, Roger Clemens, Vince Coleman, Julius Erving, Angie Everhart, Joey Fatone, Marshall Faulk, Terry Francona, Wayne Gretzky, Janet Jones-Gretzky, Ken Griffey, Jr., Penny Hardaway, Brett Hull, Toni Kukoc, Mario Lemieux, Sugar Ray Leonard, Greg Maddux, Win McMurry, Joe Morgan, Paul O’Neill, Maury Povich, Ahmad Rashad, Salli Richardson, LeAnn Rimes, Aaron Rodgers, Stuart Scott, Bruce Smith, Ozzie Smith, John Smoltz, Matt Stafford, Michael Strahan, Jason Taylor, Alan Thicke, Tico Torres, Brian Urlacher, Michael Wilbon, Winky Wright, Adrian Young and more.
The Las Vegas Review-Journal has more on the policy that probably stunned some autograph seekers who haven’t been paying attention to the tournament’s new rules.