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              Burly Bear college cable TV network has named JOHN
         GUTMAN Senior VP/Marketing & Ad Sales.  Gutman, former Dir &
         Group Manager of U.S. Media Program for the NBA, will
         oversee all marketing, advertising and PR efforts for Burly
         Bear as well as develop future sponsor and ad partnerships
         (Burly Bear)....JENNIFER ROTTENBERG was named Dir of Women
         In Golf Programs at American Golf Corp. (AGC)....CRAIG
         BROMMERS was named Dir of Sports Marketing for Authentic
         Fitness Corp.'s Speedo division, replacing STUART ISAAC
         (Speedo).....BRIAN SIMPSON was hired as Ticket Dir of the
         WCHL Tacoma Sabercats (Tacoma NEWS TRIBUNE, 9/16).

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              SHELLY FINKEL, the adviser for MIKE TYSON, said that
         Tyson "intends to fight somewhere before the year is out,"
         regardless of the outcome of his hearing in NV on Saturday,
         according to Ron Borges of the BOSTON GLOBE.  Finkel: "Mike
         has serious financial problems."  Finkel said Tyson "will
         absolutely fight" even if denied a license from the NV State
         Athletic Commission.  Tyson recently signed an extension on
         his exclusive contract with SHOWTIME "that provided him with
         a reported million-dollar bonus but also resulted in the
         cable network putting liens on much of his property." 
         Showtime "wants to ensure that if he doesn't fight again, it
         can get back some of the millions Tyson owes it."  The IRS
         recently "slapped" a $6.3M lien on Tyson's CT home, and
         Showtime has now "done the same with his other properties"
         (Ron Borges, BOSTON GLOBE, 9/18).  
              THE HEARING: Tyson, on his chances of being reinstated
         at the hearing: "I'm not very encouraged" (N.Y. TIMES,
         9/18).  In Las Vegas, Kevin Iole writes that there "is
         pressure on the commission to license Tyson because the
         economic benefit his fights bring to the state and the
         dearth of major boxing cards in Nevada in the past year." 
         Tonight's OSCAR DE LA HOYA-JULIO CESAR CHAVEZ fight is "the
         first major fight card" of '98 in NV (REVIEW-JOURNAL, 9/18).

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              SEAN "PUFFY" COMBS will not make his acting debut in
         OLIVER STONE's film, "On Any Given Sunday."  A spokesperson
         for Combs said that he quit the production because Stone
         "changed the shooting schedule too many times" (PHILADELPHIA
         DAILY NEWS, 9/18).  In Denver, Norm Clarke reports that
         Stone, AL PACINO and an associate watched Sunday's Broncos-
         Cowboys game in a private box at Mile High Stadium.  A
         source close to the film said that the league "may fine the
         Broncos if they were too hospitable."  The league has
         reportedly asked teams not to cooperate on the project.
         Broncos Senior Dir of Media Relations JIM SACCOMANO said
         that someone in the team's front office was "aware of the
         presence of Stone and Pacino" but that he didn't know how
         they got their tickets (ROCKY MOUNTAIN NEWS, 9/18). ....An
         upcoming two-hour episode of "Walker, Texas Ranger," will
         use video from Saturday's Z-MAX 250 ARCA race at TX Motor
         Speedway.  Actor CHUCK NORRIS' son, ERIC NORRIS, is
         currently running a full season in the NASCAR Winston West
         division and his car will be filmed for the episode.  Dr
         Pepper has joined Norris' regular sponsor, ProLong, on the
         side of his car to get exposure on the TV episode, due out
         in January.  Norris "is still looking for more financial
         backing" (DALLAS MORNING NEWS, 9/18)....CNN's Vince Cellini
         reported that at Wednesday's White House gala to honor Czech
         Republic President VACLAV HAVEL, Penguins' LW JAROMIR JAGR
         left feeling "unfulfilled" because he did not ask U.S. First
         Lady HILLARY RODHAM CLINTON to dance.  Jagr: "Hillary was
         dancing like nobody else.  I walked over halfway, but I
         changed my mind at the last minute" (CNN, 9/17).  

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