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August 14, 2000
Move over, Harry Potter: Not all the action in the publishing world revolves around wizards. A good old-fashioned bidding war erupted last week for the rights to Shaquille O'Neal's autobiography. In the end St. Martin's Press beat out Pocket Books by giving Shaq a deal that with bonus clauses could add up to $750,000. St. Martin's is planning a February 2001 release....
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August 14, 2000

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Move over, Harry Potter: Not all the action in the publishing world revolves around wizards. A good old-fashioned bidding war erupted last week for the rights to Shaquille O'Neal's autobiography. In the end St. Martin's Press beat out Pocket Books by giving Shaq a deal that with bonus clauses could add up to $750,000. St. Martin's is planning a February 2001 release....

Deion Sanders invited a group of Washington, D.C.-area senior tech execs out to dinner last week. According to The Washington Post, Sanders said his goal was "just to sit here and receive the wisdom these gentlemen have in their business." When pressed on what he might be planning—a dot.com?—Sanders cryptically replied, "Iron sharpens iron." Sanders noted that he'd like to gather the group regularly and call it the Roundtable....

Construction on Reggie Miller's $3.5 million dream house is nearly complete. The mansion in Geist Lake, Ind., is being built on the same site as Miller's previous house, which was destroyed by an arsonist in 1997. (No arrests were ever made.) The new 19,200-square-foot edifice boasts six bedrooms, 10 bathrooms, a billiards parlor, a wine cellar, a sauna and a beauty salon. It also has two two-car garages and a separate mechanic's garage....

How big is Survivor? Big enough that it has a future NBA Hall of Famer asking a YMCA basketball coach for his autograph. Jazz forward Karl Malone invited recent Survivor castoff Gervase Peterson to speak to members of Malone's children's foundation and to sign autographs....

Bill Buckner and Mookie Wilson are teaming up. They've been signed by Steiner Sports Marketing to autograph photos of the famous 1986 World Series play on which Wilson's grounder slipped through Buckner's legs. Buckner has been personalizing his autograph by writing "Oops" or "My Bad."

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