SBD/8/Sports Industrialists

NAMES IN THE NEWS

     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).
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