Books can benefit from infidelity

The legend of Tiger Woods began on the nationally syndicated "Mike Douglas Show" in 1977.

Woods was paraded on stage by his late father, Earl Woods, and showed off his golf swing at age 2 before guests Bob Hope and Jimmy Stewart.

Woods then developed into a golf phenomenon, before his off-the-course image began spiraling downward in the past three weeks.

It has hit such a low that a British bookmaker is taking bets on how much Elin Nordegren will get if she becomes the ex-wife of golf’s top star.

Bettors can get 25-1 odds that Nordegren will receive more than half a billion dollars in a divorce settlement. The odds drop to 6-4 for a settlement of less than $100 million. Oddsmaker William Hill is offering only 1-2 odds that she would get between $100 million and $500 million.

The longest shot is whether a financial settlement will be made public pending divorce.

But Nordegren is not the only woman in Woods’ harem who can benefit from his infidelities.

Radio shock jock Howard Stern is trying to line up the "Tiger Bowl" for early next year by luring Woods’ many ladies to compete in a beauty contest in which the winner could get as much as $100,000.

Woods, the recently crowned athlete of the decade by The Associated Press, might be the king of the Masters, but he’s also lord of mistresses.

• WOODS’ IMPACT — No denying Tiger Woods has cheated on his wife; he admitted as much on his Web site. But at least he hasn’t been caught cheating at a golf course in the back of a Buick SUV.

A greater concern, as noted in a headline on Fark.com, is that "because of Tiger, golfers will turn away from the sport, appalled at the idea that money and hot women are just around the corner."

• PACQUIAO HAREM, TOO? — Tiger Woods might not be the best pound-for-pound adulterer. That honor could go to boxing champ Manny Pacquiao.

YouBeenBlinded.com claims the Filipino fighter has used fancy footwork to step out on wife Jinkee with, among others, actress Krista Ranillo, though both have denied it. They are to co-star in the movie "Wapakman."

The report says Ranillo and her family stayed at the Luxor last month, where Pacquiao and his entourage were housed for his fight with Miguel Cotto at the MGM Grand Garden.

• NFL BETS ON VEGAS — The NFL announced Wednesday it has lifted a ban on running commercials for Las Vegas, Reno and Lake Tahoe during its games, including the Super Bowl.

This was less an acceptance by the league of cities where sports betting is legal and more a need to fill its coffers after some traditional sponsors opted out of this season’s Super Bowl programming.

The end to the five-year ban on promoting cities with legal gambling probably is a way to compensate for losing Pepsi and FedEx commercials in the 2010 Super Bowl telecast. Pepsi will not buy commercials in the big game for the first time since 1987, and FedEx no longer will buy 30-second spots for about $3 million each.

COMPILED BY JEFF WOLF LAS VEGAS REVIEW-JOURNAL

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