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DENNIS GILBERT, President of the Beverly Hills Sports Council (BHSC) is retiring after 15 years as a sports agent. The partners, JEFF BORRIS, RICK THURMAN, DANIEL HORWITS and DANIEL LOZANO will continue to represent Gilbert's clients. Gilbert's clients include BARRY BONDS, BOBBY BONILLA, JOSE CANSECO, RICKEY HENDERSON and MIKE PIAZZA (THE DAILY). Gilbert represented "more than 60" MLBers in his career and was ranked No. 24 on BASEBALL AMERICA's '97 Power Brokers list. Gilbert said that he felt "the time was right" to "re-evaluate everything," but that he "still will be involved with baseball." He his spending $300,000 to help pay for an L.A. baseball complex (BASEBALL AMERICA, 2/16).
ALLAN BRISTOW has agreed to step down as Nuggets VP/Basketball Operations. Assistant Coach MICHAEL D'ANTONI was named Interim GM while a search is conducted (ESPN SportsZone, 2/5)....BOB NICHOLSON was named President of the Canadian Hockey Association (TORONTO SUN, 2/3)....Millsport promoted DARLENE CHAN to Senior Account Exec from Account Exec. In addition, JONATHAN DUBOW has joined Millsport as Account Supervisor from ProServ (Millsport).
In a statement released yesterday, MIKE TYSON said, "I have taken control of my own affairs, both personal and business. I have hired new attorneys and accountants who report directly to me. I have formed Mike Tyson Enterprises and I am in the process of moving forward with my life" (CNN/SI, 2/4). NEWSDAY's Greg Logan writes that DON KING's "worst fears apparently have come true" as Tyson "has engaged high-powered Hollywood attorney, JOHN BRANCA, who has represented MICHAEL JACKSON and the ROLLING STONES, to handle his affairs." Branca "has dispatched letters of termination to Tyson's co-managers, JOHN HORNE and RORY HOLLOWAY, and Tyson has made it clear to several people in the boxing business that he wants to ends his relationship with King." But Logan adds that reports that Tyson is "near broke appear to be vastly exaggerated" (NEWSDAY, 2/5). Tyson's statement was issued by JEFF WALD, an L.A. music entrepreneur, who has teamed with IRVING AZOFF in recent promotions for GEORGE FOREMAN. In N.Y., Michael Katz reports that Tyson "contractually owes" King four fights and Showtime "about the same." But Branca said that he "believes there is a way out." Katz adds that Tyson "reportedly also is talking to wannabe promoter MAGIC JOHNSON" regarding a possible role (N.Y. DAILY NEWS, 2/5). KING'S THINGS: In a statement, King said, "I love Mike and he knows it. But there are often outside forces and individuals that will try to capitalize on Mike's frustration" (Chris Thorne, Newark STAR-LEDGER, 2/5).
JIM TAYLOR has resigned his position as Dir Corporate & Community affairs with the Blazers and accepted a job as Venue Dir for the '99 FIFA Women's World Cup, according to Ken Vance of the COLUMBIAN. Taylor will direct all operations, sales, marketing and public relations for the three first-round doubleheaders scheduled at Portland's Civic Stadium in June '99 (Washington COLUMBIAN, 2/3). SEE THE MAN MULCAHY: The appointment of ROBERT MULCAHY to AD at Rutgers Univ. "represented a victory" for NJ Gov. CHRISTINE TODD WHITMAN, who wanted Mulcahy for the post and overcame "resistance" from Univ. President DR. FRANCIS LAWRENCE, according to Frank Litsky of the N.Y. TIMES. Mulcahy agreed to a three-year contract paying $185,000 a year. His NJSEA job pays $182,875. NJSEA Chair RAYMOND BATEMAN said that DENNIS ROBINSON, the authority's CFO, would become acting president (N.Y. TIMES, 2/5).