Final "Friday Night Fights" Tonight Louisiana Passes Sports Event Bidding Bill Miami May Get Football/MLS Stadium MLSE Close To Naming New CEO Sources Deny Report On Rams To L.A. St. Paul Saints Open Ballpark Michigan Approves Athletics Project NHL Salary Cap Expected To Grow 5% Figo, Van Praag Pull Out Of FIFA Race
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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).
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).
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).
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).