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WILLIAM WEINBAUM, formerly Feature Producer for MLB Productions and Sports Newsatellite with Phoenix Communications Group, will become the New York Bureau Producer for ESPN (Phoenix Communications)....JIM REDDAN has been promoted to Dir of Planning and Admin., SportsChannel Chicago. Reddan was Manager of Planning and Analysis for Rainbow Advertising Sales Corp (ELECTRONIC MEDIA, 3/6).... ROD RIEGEL has been promoted to Manager, Corporate Public Relations at Fox Broadcasting. Also at Fox, CAROLYN PROUSKY was named Senior Publicist....ALLYSON DAVIS has been named Marketing Manager at Prime Sports-West (VARIETY, 3/8).... ED SABOL, NFL Films Board Chair, will retire next week at the NFL meetings in Phoenix (USA TODAY, 3/8).
CRAIN'S DETROIT BUSINESS's 10 Anniversary Edition highlight the contributions of the area's sports barons. In a profile of Tigers/Red Wings Owner MIKE ILITCH, he stresses that Little Caesar's is still the "core" of his buisness. Also profiled, GINO ROSSETTI, designer of the Palace of Auburn Hills. The arena, is the "model for virtually every new arena in North America." From a poll of 500 execs, Lions Vice Chair WILLIAM FORD JR. was chosen the young exec to watch as a future leader (3/5 issue)....NHL Senior VP BRIAN BURKE, Red Sox VP/Admin. JOHN BUCKLEY, and Patriots Dir of Operations JONATHAN KRAFT will speak at Suffolk Law School's Symposium on Sports Law, Thursday, March 9 (Suffolk University)....WAYNE GRETZKY paid $225,500 for half of the world's most valuable baseball card -- a mint 1910 Honus Wagner. The card, which he had co-owned with former Kings owner BRUCE MCNALL, is one of only 40 known to exist (L.A. DAILY NEWS, 3/8)....N.Y. POST gossip columnist Neal Travis notes recent reports that Lakers Owner JERRY BUSS is helping the L.A. Kings' new owners make payments. But Travis adds that Buss and the Great Western Bank are also said to "be severely stretched after real-estate and other investments turned sour. They may have to put the teams and the stadium on the block" (N.Y. POST, 3/9).