The Louisville Sponsoring Group was put together by Alberta Jones, a Louisville attorney, and included lawyers and executives from companies such as Brown-Foreman Distillers Corp., Brown-Williamson Tobacco, and the Courier-Journal and Louisville Times. The full roster of members was Robert Worth Bingham; W.L. Lyons Brown, Sr.; Patrick Calhoun, Jr.; J.D. Stetson Coleman; Gordon B. Davidson; William Faversham, Jr.; Archibald McG. Foster; George W. Norton IV; Vertner D. Smith, Sr.; Elbert Gary Sutcliffe; and James Ross Todd. Davidson, the last living member of the Group, died last year.
The Louisville bluebloods thought of their sponsorship of the young boxer as a civic duty, and they likely helped keep Clay out of the clutches of organized crime. In announcing the venture, they stated that each of the "members of the group has admiration for Cassius Clay as a fine young man. … The principal purpose of the group is to provide hometown support for Cassius's professional career and to aid him in realizing the maximum benefits from his efforts." From 1960 until 1966, the Louisville Sponsors, hired trainer Angelo Dundee, scheduled his fights, provided legal services, managed his finances, and paid his expenses. In exchange, the group retained 50% of Ali’s earnings (later renegotiated to 40%).
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