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Volume 24 No. 159

Sports Industrialists

          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).