? Fox Broadcasting lost the television rights to the 1998 Winter Olympics in Nagano, Japan, but don't bet against The Simpsons's network when it comes time to bid for the 2000 Summer Games in Sydney. That's the hometown of News Corporation Ltd., Fox's parent company, and many observers believe that chief executive Rupert Murdoch would love to carry the Olympics from his native land.
?Undefeated junior lightweight Oscar De La Hoya has come to a financial settlement with his former managers, from whom he split in December (SCORECARD, Dec. 20, 1993) in an attempt to seize "full control" of his career. According to sources, De La Hoya will pay Steve Nelson and Robert Mittleman close to $2 million. Which means that when he climbs back through the ropes, for a reported $1 million payday in Los Angeles on March 5 against Jimmi Bredahl, boxing's Golden Boy will be fighting just to pay off his debt.
?The NCAA recently adopted a rule that allows a college basketball player to enter the NBA draft and then return to the college ranks (within 30 days) if he does not like the team that drafted him or the deal it offers. NBA officials wonder aloud what the rule really accomplishes, because a team that drafts a player keeps the rights to that player for one year after he does come out. Therefore, a college player doesn't necessarily avoid going to a team he doesn't like by staying in school. Beyond that, though, the rule raises a potentially embarrassing situation for the league. To wit: What if no one wants to go to Minnesota?