Arete, Sport and Society, American Sport History, Pat Williams, Orlando Magic, Basketball, Shaquille O'Neal, Olympics, NBC, Television, Instant replay
Williams, Pat, 1940-; Orlando Magic (Basketball team); O'Neal, Shaquille; Olympics, National Broadcasting Company; Television
There is Magic. There is the Orlando Magic. And now there is the Magician. Pat Williams has clearly earned that title for his latest prestidigitation. I don't know anyone who thought that Williams could pull off the signing of Shaquille O'Neal prior to the deadline to match the offer sheet that Dallas had tendered to Stanley Roberts. Certainly the fact that Rich DeVoss was willing to shell out $40M to get the deal done, and then turn around and cough up another $15M of pocket change for Stanley, made Pat's job a little easier. But nonetheless, Pat Williams has achieved what everyone else thought was impossible.
Sport and Society for Arete
College of Arts and Humanities
Crepeau, Richard C., "Pat Williams Magician- St. Petersburg Giants - NBC's Final Olympic Overkill" (1992). On Sport and Society. 349.