Stephen M. Silverman
May 12, 2004 11:00 AM

Not so fast: One of the The Apprentice final four, Nick Warnock, has not joined the Oakland Raiders, as was previously announced. But that’s not to say he won’t – someday.

Raiders spokesman Artie Gigantino called reports of Warnock’s hiring “premature,” according to the Associated Press, which now says that the 27-year-old New Jersey native will sell advertisements in Los Angeles for Jason Binn’s Niche Media Holdings, publisher of several high-end magazines.

“No deal has been completed,” the Raiders’ Gigantino said. “The way it was left, Nick was going to fulfill prior commitments and when he was done we’d revisit what the next step was.”

Last week, Raiders’ chief executive Amy Trask told AP that it was practically a done deal that Warnock was to sell 143 luxury suites at the Oakland Coliseum.

“I called someone else in our office equally addicted to the show and told him, ‘I want to hire this guy to sell suites,'” Trask said. “At first he was dubious, but when we saw on his Web site that he had a football background it seemed like a great idea.”

Warnock, a former Xerox salesman, played high school and college football, though Trask also admitted to having been impressed by Warnock’s salesmanship and Trump’s own praise of the fellow when it came to closing a deal.

He just never closed one with the Raiders.

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