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TYSON'S RELEASE THE FOCUS OF WEEKEND REPORTS
Published March 27, 1995
The release of MIKE TYSON from an Indiana jail gained heavy coverage over the weekend in print and TV. CNN's "Morning News" was live in Indiana Saturday morning. In an extensive interview after Tyson's release, RING Magazine Editor Steve Farhood predicted Tyson's first fight would be against DON KING-client Peter McNeeley. Farhood was interviewed live along with Tyson Attorney JAMES VOYLES, and spiritual advisor Muhammad Siqqeeq (CNN, 3/25). Tyson was the 2nd story on Saturday's "NBC Nightly News" (NBC, 3/25). ABC ran the story fourth on Saturday's "World News Tonight." BERT SUGAR, of BOXING ILLUSTRATED: "I think he's a commodity worth hundreds of hundreds of hundreds of millions of dollars, almost a billion." SUGAR RAY LEONARD and trainer ANGELO DUNDEE were also interviewed (ABC, 3/25). SI's SONJA STEPTOE and former Tyson trainer KEVIN ROONEY appeared on "Good Morning America Sunday" (ABC, 3/26). This morning's N.Y. POST is the only outlet to report that Tyson has told Don King to "take a walk." Wallace Matthews writes that Tyson "brought Allah into his life and asked Don King to leave his house" (N.Y. POST, 3/27). TIME's STEVE WULF compares the returns of MICHAEL JORDAN and Tyson: There is "little doubt that basketball and boxing can use them, but as a society we may need them even more, as hero and antihero" (TIME, 4/3). On CNN's "MoneyLine," John Metaxas examined the potential financial impact, noting that TV revenue from Tyson-GEORGE FOREMAN "could be twice that of the last such megafight," four years ago between Foreman and EVANDER HOLYFIELD." JOHN MANSELL, a media analyst for Paul Kagan Assoc., estimates that Tyson-Foreman could bring in $120M and 3 million pay-per-view subscribers (CNN, 3/24).