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SFX-UAL HEALING: IS SILLERMAN ONE OF NBA'S THREE VIP'S?

          SFX Chair ROBERT SILLERMAN, whose company recently
     purchased FAME, is now one of the "three most important
     suits in the NBA," along with Commissioner DAVID STERN and
     DAVID FALK, according to Shaun Assael of ESPN MAGAZINE. 
     Sillerman helped found The Marquee Group in '95, and his
     "likely next step" will be to combine FAME with Marquee "to
     create a sports mega-agency."  With the consolidation of the
     sports agency business, Assael writes that Sillerman may be
     "a sports version of Michael Ovitz."  However, an SFX exec
     said Sillerman "doesn't have the ego needs of an Ovitz. 
     He'll be as aggressive, but not as high-visibility."  Assael
     writes "that's good news for Falk" as he heads into
     offseason contract talks and may rep not only his own client
     list, but "potentially" Marquee's "as well."  Assael:
     "Sillerman's role at the NBA power table?  Nobody's sure. 
     But remember that during the peak of Ovitz's power, he was
     setting the salaries of virtually every performer in the
     entertainment business -- a scary thought if you're David
     Stern" (ESPN MAGAZINE, 6/1).
 
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