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Volume 24 No. 112

Sports Industrialists

          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).