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  • EXECUTIVE TRANSACTIONS

              New York Sports Ventures named JUDY SELDIN Senior
         VP/Start Up Operations and LUKI BROWN Dir of Community & Fan
         Development for the Islanders (Islanders)....RICH ROSE, the
         former President of Caesar's World Sports, has joined Time
         Warner/HBO as a Consultant (LAS VEGAS SUN, 3/10)....Denver-
         based BORTZ & COMPANY, a media and sports consulting firm,
         announced that it has changed its name to BORTZ MEDIA &
         SPORTS GROUP.  The company also announced that JIM TRAUTMAN
         has been promoted to Exec VP, sharing operating
         responsibilities with PAUL BORTZ.  MATTHEW BORTZ was
         promoted to Senior VP (Bortz Media & Sports Group).
    
    

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  • INTO THE WILD: PANTHERS HOLDINGS LOSES TOP EXECUTIVE

              RICHARD EVANS, a "high-profile entertainment executive
         brought in by H. WAYNE HUIZENGA about 18 months ago to run
         his sports and entertainment division, resigned on Tuesday
         to pursue private business interests," according to Barry
         Jackson of the MIAMI HERALD.  Evans: "I've enjoyed my
         relationship with Wayne, but I've been a hired gun for 30
         years, and I want to do some of my own things."  Jackson
         writes that as President of Florida Panthers Holdings, Evans
         guided the company through its acquisition of five hotels, a
         golf course and a skating rink, as well as the Panthers'
         IPO.  Evans: "Getting the Boca Raton Resort and Country Club
         was a coup.  People who have been in this business would
         have died for a chance to get the Boca Resort and the
         Biltmore Hotel in Arizona" (MIAMI HERALD, 3/11). 
    
    

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  • NAMES IN THE NEWS

              Indiana University must accept a $10,000 fine levied by
         the Big Ten for coach BOBBY KNIGHT's remarks after last
         month's Illinois game, or suspend him from Thursday's NCAA
         tournament game against Oklahoma.  It "appears the
         institution will pay the fine" (STAR-NEWS, 3/11)....SEAN
         "PUFFY" COMBS, who has contacted the NFLPA about
         requirements for becoming a certified agent, "hasn't yet
         submitted an application," but ROLLING STONE reports his
         first client "will likely be" Heisman winner CHARLES
         WOODSON.  NFLPA spokesperson Carl Francis said Combs'
         celebrity status "is not a concern."  Francis: "An agent is
         an agent.  Half of the (team executives) probably don't know
         who Puff Daddy is, except through their kids" (ROLLING
         STONE, 4/2 issue)....USA Networks' BARRY DILLER "clinched a
         deal" yesterday to "acquire the rest of" the Ticketmaster
         Group Inc. with a bid "worth at least" $380M (REUTERS,
         3/11)....Boxing promoter BOB ARUM was profiled by Royce
         Feour of the Las Vegas REVIEW-JOURNAL.  Feour: "Of all his
         major promotions and legendary fighters, Arum is proudest of
         his 15 years of doing weekly ESPN cards" (REVIEW-JOURNAL,
         3/10)....RAY CLARK, Marketing Manager of TX-based The
         Marketing Arm, is the subject of AD AGE's "On a Roll"
         section.  Clark's "Tip": "Use athletes to capture attention,
         but sell the product with your own message" (AD AGE,
         3/9)....The MD Court of Appeals yesterday suspended the law
         license of ROBIN FICKER, "chief heckler at Washington
         Bullets games" when the team played at USAir Arena.  The
         unanimous ruling gives Ficker one month to notify clients
         and stop practicing law (Andrea Siegel, Balt. SUN, 3/11).
    
    

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  • WILL 160 BLUE PUT FORMER MJ RESTAURANT PARTNERS IN THE RED?

              A dispute concerning MICHAEL JORDAN's Chicago
         restaurant ventures was examined by CNBC's Scott Cohn.  In
         '93, Jordan and partners JOSEPH and GENE SILVERBERG opened
         Michael Jordan's Restaurant, which reportedly grossed $15M
         last year from food and merchandise sales.  But now, Jordan
         and the Silverbergs "have apparently had a falling out." 
         Jordan "can't walk away from the original deal even if he
         wants to; it's for life."  So Jordan is investing in a new
         restaurant near the United Center with partner DAVID
         ZADIKOFF, the CEO of Jordan's original eatery.  The
         Silverbergs sued Zadikoff, "claiming the new restaurant
         violates their deal with Jordan."  But a federal judge has
         ruled Jordan "can own another restaurant in Chicago, as long
         as it doesn't carry his name."  Furthermore, Jordan "won the
         right" to keep the Silverbergs from opening Jordan
         restaurants.  Cohn: "That leaves the Silverbergs with the
         rights to Michael Jordan's name on one restaurant in
         Chicago, but nowhere does it say that Michael Jordan has to
         show up here.  And a Michael Jordan's restaurant without
         Michael Jordan, say experts, isn't much."  Burns Sports
         Celebrity Service's Bob Williams: "If Michael Jordan is
         hanging out at a particular restaurant, you're gonna see a
         lot of celebrities, let alone fans, flock to that
         restaurant."  Jordan's new restaurant opens next week under
         the name 160 Blue.  None of the attorneys involved would
         comment ("The Edge," CNBC, 3/10).
    
    

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