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Published March 11, 1998
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).