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).
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).
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).