People: Oct. 18, 1999

OVITZ FUMBLES

What is the sound of one agent's influence waning? In Los Angeles it sounds like a bad week for MIKE OVITZ. The onetime superagent, who co-founded Creative Artists Agency, suffered a setback last week when the NFL rejected his proposal to bring a professional-football expansion team to L.A. Ovitz had spent years on the project and secured the cooperation of stars such as Tom Cruise to spearhead the gridiron campaign, only to be outbid by organizers in Houston. This came amid reports that Ovitz, now a manager at his new firm, Artists Management Group, was having trouble interesting Hollywood...

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