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  • Top Dollar, Top Coaches

    Wieberg examines Oklahoma football coach Bob Stoops and Florida coach Steve Spurrier as prime examples of some of the million dollar coaches in college athletics. Stoops and Spurrier, who are guaranteed $2 million a year and $2.1 million respectively, are among 39 coaches from major basketball and football program's around the country that are making at least $1 million a year. Coaches have hired agents to work out their contracts, asking for millions along with added incentives for performance, knowing that athletic departments will pay for what they believe is success. A growing number of college officials feel the coaches salary issue has become part of an "escalating athletics arms race that a majority of schools can't afford." College faculty have also started to object, questioning paying the coaches more then tenured professors or college deans. Combined with increased spending on sports facilities, many wonder if universities have shifted their main focus away from education to entertainment.
  • Casino Backers Aim to Ditch Mob Image: With Money on the Line, Prominent Investors are Demanding a Clean Deal

    Fusco writes that "Would-be operators of a Rosemont casino are working behind the scenes to scrub off the mob image thrown on them by the Illinois Gaming board and get back the license state regulators yanked two months ago. But they have to look over their shoulders as black and female investors, including Walter Payton's widow ... consider suing them, alleging they botched the deal."
  • Latin Translation: Columbian Pop Star Taps American Taste in Repackaged Imports

    Orwall takes a look at the trend of globalization in the entertainment industry, with a specific look at music trends. With the new popularity of global music, many record labels, such as Sony, are searching for new artists overseas. Orwall looks at Colombia recording artist Shakira, who began her singing career at the age of 13 with Sony. After enjoying success from her records in areas outside of the U.S., Sony is now trying to groom Shakira for a major shift from international audiences to the U.S. With work on a English-language record already beginning, producers are hoping Shakira can follow in the footsteps of another cross-over artist, Gloria Estefan, who has coached Shakira on some of her songs. Record executives are careful to slowly introduce Shakira to American audiences as to not alienate her from her large fan-base in Latin America.
  • The Last Laugh

    Young writes; "There's nothing unusual about heated battles between business rivals. But in this case, there's an extra dimension stoking the flames, The club Craig and Jeff Glazer will compete with happens to be named Stanford Glazer's Comedy Club. Stan Glazer, you see is their father, and he's aiming to settle the score in a long-standing feud with his sons." When Stan Glazer's first club began failing he turned over ownership to his sons who quickly turned the club into a profit making machine. Stan Glazer tried unsuccessfully to sue his sons over money he believed they owed him from the club. Smart Money looks at the long-running family feud now that Stan Glazer has opened another club in competition with his sons.
  • I Was a Teenage Spielberg

    Spin looks at the strange celebrity world of Jonathan Taylor Spielberg. "How to find fame in America? If you're a 27-year-old immigrant, you could do a lot worse than pretending to be 14 years old, assuming the last name of a famous movie director, and allegedly getting involved in a couple of sex crimes. Introducing Jonathan Taylor Spielberg."
  • Who Stole the Oscars?

    "The theft of last year's Oscars led to the arrest of a trucker and a forklift operator. Meanwhile, Willie Fulgear, the junk scavenger who claimed he'd found the golden statuettes in a Dumpster, became a local hero, rewarded with $50,000 and a tribute at the ceremony. Case closed? Not exactly." Vanity Fair looks at what has happened to Fulgear in the year since his claim to fame.
  • "Who's Policing the Police?"

    Investigative reporter Phil Williams and WTVF investigation into the operations of the Nashville Police Department uncovered a series of "cozy relationships" between the department and adult entertainment figures, convicted gamblers, city officials, and individuals in the athletic department at Vanderbilt University. As a result of the WTVF investigation several high-ranking police officials have been removed from duty, and the FBI opened an investigation into possible wide-spread department corruption.
  • Grand Scam

    A D Magazine investigation of the O'Brien Rottman Studio's Model and Talent Search, a talent scout company claiming to be "deeply connected in the entertainment industry," is ripping off gullible parents and starry-eyed children. O'Brien Rottman Studios, with agencies in LA, Dallas, San Francisco and Phoenix, charges parents eight times the industry price for acting and modeling classes that may or may not be need to make it big in Hollywood. In fact, D Magazine warns, association with this fraudulent company may cost potential stars their careers.
  • "Costly Concerts: An Entertainment Investigation"

    This investigation seeks to explain why prices for tickets to popular concerts have skyrocketed so radically in recent years. Some probing reveals loose regulations on the practice of scalping, which is said to have "free rein" in at least one state.
  • Parking Meters

    KTVT-TV "discovered the top ten meters that break down the most in Dallas break down on 2 city blocks in the center of the city's hottest nightclub district. For a few weeks in the summer, we went around with a hidden camera, putting coins in about a hundred parking meters. In may instances, we watched meters give us less time than what we paid for. Sometimes meters failed after we put money in. We even caught a parking officer trying to give one man a parking ticket at a meter he should've know was broken..."