Figuring O.J.'s take

His contract with HarperCollins wound up on Court TV's Web site and is now making the online rounds. It was filed in an amended complaint by Fred Goldman, as part of Goldman's efforts to recover any money that Simpson earned from "If I Did It." Slate's Timothy Noah goes through the numbers with some book agents and figures that HarperCollins is out at least $780,000 - a portion of Simpson's $1.1 million advance. HarperCollins may owe Simpson an additional $95,000 - plus $400,000 for the unaired "If I Did It TV" special. One really strange thing: He wanted to sign the contract under an assumed name (Sam Jones), but HarperCollins insisted that he go with O.J. Simpson.

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