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         In response to recent allegations concerning Joe Montana's
    involvemtn in the federal probe of the memorabilia industry,
    Montana's agent, Peter Johnson of IMG, issued a statement
    yesterday saying that the N.Y. DAILY NEWS story regarding Montana
    was wrong.  Johnson:  "Joe Montana has always reported all income
    from private signings to the Internal Revenue Service, and,
    therefore, paid taxes on fees he received.  He has participated
    in private signings in the past, including the 1991 signing
    organized by Michael Bertolini.  Joe has been under contract to
    Upper Deck Authenticated for several years, and they hold Joe's
    exclusive rights for signed memorabilia.  Joe's only dilemma is
    how certain reporters and publications can report erroneous
    stories and not be held accountable for their actions" (IMG).

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         EDWARD J. DeBARTOLO, former owner of the Pittsburgh
    Penguins, died yesterday at age 85 (L.A. DAILY NEWS, 12/20).
    ....After 94 career titles and $20.5M in career earnings IVAN
    LENDL is expected to announce his retirement from tennis today
    (TORONTO SUN, 12/20).... MICHAEL KASSA  was promoted to Raycom's
    Director of Event Sales (Raycom).   76ers guard DANA BARROS is
    getting high grades for his rap track "Check It" on the NBA star-
    studded CD entitled "B'ball's Best Kept Secret."  Barros' song is
    getting airplay on FM stations (BOSTON HERALD, 12/18)....From
    this week's ELECTRONIC MEDIA: BARRY RONA was named Assistant
    General Counsel for ESPN, Hong Kong.  Rona was Legal Counsel and
    Managing Director for Beinstock Sports in New York....JIM
    BURGOYNE was named Manager of Production and Programming at
    SportsChannel New England.  He was Coordinating Producer....JACK
    PETER goes to Director of Production for the PGA Tour
    Productions. He comes from The Post Group at Disney-MGM....KEN
    REISOR was named General Sales Manager at Prime Sports Radio in
    Texas.  He was at KVIL-FM in Dallas (ELECTRONIC MEDIA, 12/19

    Print | Tags: Comcast-Spectacor, ESPN, NBA, PGA Tour, Philadelphia 76ers, Pittsburgh Penguins, People and Pop Culture, Walt Disney
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