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LIKE A ROCK: BOWE PROMOTER, HBO FAIL TO REACH AGREEMENT
Published February 6, 1996
Officials representing Time Warner's HBO and boxer Riddick Bowe said they have "failed to settle their differences" on whether their contract is still valid. A March 11 date has been set in U.S. District Court. Bowe's manager, Rock Newman, has stated that Bowe is a "free agent" and not tied to Time Warner. Time Warner Sports President Seth Abraham claims the contract "is solid" and is ready to fight Newman's claim (William Gildea, WASHINGTON POST, 2/6). FOX-KING DEAL QUESTIONED: The partnership between Fox Sports and Don King to air Saturday fights is profiled by Bob Raissman of the N.Y. DAILY NEWS. Fox has telecast two nights of fights, most recently on Super Bowl Saturday. Raissman writes of the caliber of the bouts, "When the masses are presented with the kind of garbage, it not only sets the sports back in the public's eye, but makes any already skeptical network or advertiser run for cover." Raissman notes Fox reportedly gave some current advertisers "free spots on the card as a bonus" (N.Y. DAILY NEWS, 2/4).