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  • CASHING IN HIS BONDS: DENNIS GILBERT CALLS IT QUITS

              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). 
    
    

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  • EXECUTIVE TRANSACTIONS

              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).
    
    

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  • IS IT GOOD TO BE KING? TYSON ANNOUNCES HIS INDEPENDENCE DAY

              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). 
    
    

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  • POWER PLAYERS: TAYLOR LEAVES BLAZERS; NEW BOSS AT NJSEA

              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).
    
    

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