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          FIGHT HYPE: As the buzz around Saturday's Evander
     Holyfield-Lennox Lewis fight grows, Lewis' attorney Milt
     Chwasky said that when Don King "failed to provide letters
     of credit in the amount" of $20M to secure the fight purse,
     Time Warner "stepped" in with the "financial backing
     necessary to allow the fight to go forward."  But Chwasky
     said King still "stands to make" $10-12M if PPV sales hit
     the 1 million mark, "as expected."  King called Chwasky a
     "liar," but "admitted HBO came through" with $18.25M to
     "help secure the purses" (NEWSDAY, 3/10).  With tickets
     ranging up to $1,500, MSG "sold out quicker than for any
     other fight" in its history. Ringside seats are being
     scalped for $4,000, and "on the street, there was a 200
     percent markup on tickets, while they lasted" (INQUIRER,
     3/10).  With the strong sales, MSG Sports VP Kevin Wynne
     said the facility "will aggressively go after other major
     boxing events, and we will get them" (DAILY NEWS, 3/9).
          WINNING FORMULA: In Dallas, Holly Cain writes that IMS
     President Tony George is optimistic about Formula One's
     return to the U.S. at IMS, and Cain reports that "initial
     indications" are that corporate support "is there." 
     Although a date has yet to be set for the race, "ticket
     demand already has been high just from the current IMS
     ticketholder base" (DALLAS MORNING NEWS, 3/11).

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