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  • A'S TO OPEN RETAIL STORES THROUGHOUT NORTHERN CALIFORNIA

              The A's are investing in retail stores called "A's On
         Deck" with plans to open "at least" four outlets in Northern
         CA, according to Steve Ginsberg of the S.F. BUSINESS TIMES. 
         Each of the merchandise stores represents an investment of
         "around" $100,000 and the club "expects them to become
         profitable quickly" (S.F. BUSINESS TIMES, 11/3 issue).
    
    

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  • ONE OF THESE GUYS IS LEAVING LAS VEGAS WITH THE BELT

              About 12,000 tickets have been sold for Saturday's
         Evander Holyfield-Michael Moorer fight at the Thomas & Mack
         Center, which is 6,000 fewer than the arena's capacity and
         "about" 5,000 fewer than crammed into the MGM Grand Garden
         to see Holyfield-Tyson II in June, according to Dean Juipe
         of the LAS VEGAS SUN.  Promoters, however, are expecting a
         "decent walk-up crowd" and have already lifted the local
         pay-per-view ban (LAS VEGAS SUN, 11/5).  
              THE SHOW MUST GO ON: Showtime Event TV (SET) Senior
         Marketing Consultant Suzan Couch said the PPV service's
         first major bout since Tyson-Holyfield II is "suffering none
         of the lingering taint" that some predicted, according to
         VARIETY's Ray Richmond.  Couch: "Our research is telling us
         that the (Tyson biting incident) does not seem to have any
         lingering effect on the business."  The first Holyfield-
         Moorer fight drew 650,000 PPV customers. SET predicts the
         coming fight will "eclipse" that, though it declines to
         project a number (VARIETY, 11/9).  In N.Y., Richard Sandomir
         writes that Moorer is not a PPV "star" and that he "barely
         merits free TV exposure" (N.Y. TIMES, 11/7).
              RING NOTES: A-B's Budweiser, which has a standing
         relationship with Las Vegas' Mirage, will supply "part of
         the marketing muscle" for the fight (CABLE WORLD, 11/3).
         ...Showtime's boxing Web site, www.setboxing.com, contains
         seven sections, among them, the rematch; the hit report,
         which features the latest news on the fight; the ticket,
         which lists the bouts on the card; online voting; a "play
         the game" contest partially sponsored by America West
         Airlines; and boxing gear, which advertises showtime boxing
         merchandise.  The site also has a link to Holyfield's Web
         site, www.1888holyfield.com.  Holyfield's site contains five
         sections: one detailing his pre-fight training program; a
         section devoted to Holyfield's foundation; the Fan Club;
         Statistics on Holyfield; and a Holyfield Warrior merchandise
         area.  The site is sponsored by SET Boxing (THE DAILY).
              THE MAN WHO IS KING: Don King is featured in an
         extensive profile by Ron Borges of the BOSTON GLOBE. 
         Borges: "He is under indictment, under siege, under the gun. 
         For Don King, this is not only his life but his lifestyle.
         ... His world, it seems, is after him, and he is old and
         weary, and so his enemies think they see blood in the water
         and believe it is his.  Before this is over, that may be the
         case, but for now, King stands ready to fight -- which, as
         his longtime rivals know, is when he is most dangerous." 
         King: "My government is obsessed with Don King.  They say,
         'He's in the Mob.'  If I got a Mob, it's the sissiest Mob
         there ever was. ... The government is on my case all time. 
         They're no longer prosecuting me, they're persecuting me."  
         More King: "Anybody gets tired.  Anybody gets worn down. 
         But as we get into the evening of our careers, they're going
         to have to go to the statistics, to the achievements of my
         career.  That they cannot deny" (BOSTON GLOBE, 11/7).
    
    

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  • WILL CYRUS AND MONTANA GO ONE-ON-ONE IN MTV SPORTS FESTIVAL?

              MTV is taking the "symbiotic relationship" between
         sports and music "a step further" this weekend with its
         airing of the first "Sports and Music Festival," according
         to USA TODAY's Sal Ruibal.  The event is MTV's "answer" to
         ESPN's X Games, but unlike that "mostly live" event, MTV's
         festival is a "taped version of an event" that took place
         October 17-19 in Austin, TX.  A crowd of "more than" 50,000
         saw aggressive in-line skating, skateboarding, snowboarding
         and stunt-bike jumping "while live bands Wu-Tang Clan,
         Smashmouth and 311 wailed."  Ruibal: "What MTV's festival
         and X Games do share is the hot pursuit of the Holy Grail of
         youth marketing: 18- to 24-year-olds with a bottomless
         appetite for hot cars, soft drinks, fast foods and action
         movies."  The event airs on MTV tonight from 8:00-11:00 ET,
         and Saturday from 12:00pm-7:00 pm ET (USA TODAY, 11/7).
    
    

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