?If you think the lives of Ozzy Osbourne and Anna Nicole Smith have a surreal appeal, imagine The Mike Tyson Show. When it comes to a reality show involving an athlete, the boxer tops the wish list for Mark Shapiro, the ESPN vice president in charge of program development. "We would absolutely be interested in exploring Tyson's world," says Shapiro. "But I'm not sure of his interest level. He could be worried about what people might see." Or maybe not. Shelley Finkel, Tyson's adviser, says he has been contacted by several producers and agents about a Tyson reality show and would consider the right offer. "If you come to me with something real like number of episodes, guarantee per episode and upside, then we can go to the next step," he says. "It would be of interest if it was ESPN, similar to how MTV was great for Ozzy." Stay tuned.
? Mike Breen will be able to empathize with whomever inherits the tall task of succeeding Chick Hearn on Lakers broadcasts. Five years ago Breen replaced Marv Albert on the MSG Network when the beloved Knicks broadcaster resigned after pleading guilty to misdemeanor assault and battery. "It was bittersweet for me because I was benefiting from Marv's troubles, and he was someone who had befriended and mentored me," says Breen. "You have to try not to think of it as replacing someone like Chick Hearn or Marv, because it's impossible. The fans know it won't be the same, but if you're good at what you do, they'll accept you." It turns out it will take more than one man (or woman) to replace Hearn. The Lakers are not expected to continue using a simulcast on television and radio, as they did with Hearn in the booth, but will, like most teams, have a designated play-by-play broadcaster for each medium.