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  • NAMES IN THE NEWS

         Eagles President HARRY GAMBLE resigned to become the NFL's
    Coordinator of Football Ops and Club Relations.  Gamble will join
    Jerry Seeman, Supervisor of NFL officials, in fielding complaints
    from head coaches about officiating (S.A. Paolantonio,
    PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER, 3/31)....MSG President DAVE CHECKETTS is
    interviewed in CRAIN's NEW YORK BUSINESS's 10th Anniversary issue
    (CRAIN'S NEW YORK, 3/27). ....CHUCK DALY will offer Warriors
    President ANDY DOLICH candidates for their search for a
    VP/Basketball Ops, but "didn't sound ready to pursue the job"
    (SAN JOSE MERCURY NEWS, 3/31)....JOHN LEHR has been named
    VP/Business Affairs and General Counsel of the new IHL club in
    L.A. (L.A. IHL).... Hope Beckham, Inc., the Atlanta sports
    marketing and media firm and owners of the Silver Bullets
    announced:  DEBRA LARSON joins as team Dir of P.R.; NIRVA MILARD
    is the team's new publicist; GREG COHN is the new Dir of FL
    Operations;  LAWTON LOGAN is Asst Marketing Manager; MIKE KING is
    the Merchandise Manager; BILLY HICKS joins Hope-Beckham as
    Director of Operations for the Mediterranean Baseball League
    (Hope Beckham)....BO JACKSON's guest spot in Friday's episode of
    CBS' "Diagnosis Murder" was profiled on "extra" ("extra," 3/30).
    

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  • SOLOMON STEPS DOWN AS PROSERV PRESIDENT, TO HEAD NEW SHOP

         ProServ Chair & CEO DONALD DELL and President JERRY SOLOMON
    announced yesterday the creation of P.S. StarGames, a joint
    venture between ProServ and Solomon.  Solomon will  serve as
    Presidenty & CEO of P.S. StarGames, while remaining an active
    Director of ProServ.  Dell will chair the new partnership.
    According to a ProServ release, P.S. StarGames will initially
    focus on producing events for TV and other media technology.  The
    company begins operation with properties including "Halloween on
    Ice" and the "King of the Beach Invitational" volleyball event.
    Dell:  "While ProServ remains fully committed to sports
    representation, marketing and television business, I feel there
    is an opportunity to develop greater strategic synergy between
    the sports and entertainment industries in an effort to produce
    exciting inventory for the ever-expanding multimedia universe."
    Solomon:  "Our charter is to be on the cutting edge of where the
    worlds of sports and entertainment meet" (ProServ).  The
    WASHINGTON POST reports that P.S. StarGames will represent
    Solomon's "most famous client," NANCY KERRIGAN, in addition to
    volleyball stars KARCH KARALY and KENT STEFFES.  Dell said the
    announcement "bears no resemblance" to DAVID FALK's 1992
    departure from ProServ, which featured Falk building his own firm
    around high-profile clients MICHAEL JORDAN and PATRICK EWING.
    Dell acknowledged that Solomon "had no equity stake in ProServ,
    and that Solomon and an investor group will own half of the new
    venture.  ProServ will own the other half."  Dell, on Solomon:
    "He's my partner now" (Paul Farhi, WASHINGTON POST, 3/31).
    

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  • TYSON STILL WITH KING FOR A DAY AS HE ANNOUNCES BOXING DEALS

         In a short statement, MIKE TYSON announced his decision to
    remain with promoter DON KING, a multi-year agreement with
    Showtime Networks, and a six-fight, 2 1/2 year contract with MGM
    Grand Hotel in Las Vegas.  A following is a summary of the
    coverage of yesterday's announcement (Mult., 3/31):
         BIG DEAL:  The package deal with Showtime and MGM Grand
    could be worth $150M to King and Tyson.  His first fight could
    come in August or September (Gerald Eskenazi, N.Y. TIMES, 3/31).
    LARRY WOOLF, Chair of the MGM Grand Hotel, from CNBC's "Business
    Insiders":  "Having Mike Tyson fight here for 2 1/2 years 6
    fights, is going to be a major boon to Las Vegas, and a major
    boon to the MGM."  Thomas Ulmstead, Senior Editor of MULTICHANNEL
    NEWS, said Tyson's deal with Showtime, "basically leaves HBO on
    the sidelines looking in" (CNBC, 3/30).  In New York, Bob
    Raismann calls King's decision to keep Tyson with Showtime
    without entertaining other offers, "surprising."  Raismann:
    "Sources said Time Warner was prepared to bid $100 million more
    than Showtime" (N.Y. DAILY NEWS, 3/31).  Tyson's decision "was a
    stunning KO for Showtime that left boxing rival HBO climbing
    slowly off the canvas," according to Steve Zipay of NEWSDAY.  It
    will "immediately boosts Showtime's profile, which had been
    slipping."  HBO execs were "upset, not only because they were not
    given a chance to bid," but because they felt they had more
    "resources and experiences to offer."  One cable exec: "HBO has
    more subscribers, but pay per view is where the money is.  And
    (Showtime Event Television) Pay Per View is more powerful in
    marketing and distribution and exhibiting than TKVO (HBO's PPV
    arm)" (N.Y. NEWSDAY, 3/31).
         LONG LIVE THE KING:  In staying with King, Tyson "shocked
    many people in the boxing world."  King's rivals "underestimated
    the hold" he has on Tyson.  King's presence was "underscored"
    when "virtually everyone in Muslim garb at the news conference
    was asked to leave" (Gerald Eskenazi, N.Y. TIMES, 3/31).  Wallace
    Matthews writes rumors of King's dismissal may have been "an
    orchestrated campaign to dupe the media and rival promoters"
    (N.Y. POST, 3/31).
    

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