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The Reebok Golf Greg Norman Collection has named PABLO DE ECHEVARRIA as their VP of Marketing (Reebok)....Disney Chair and CEO MICHAEL EISNER was named '95 Marketer of the Year by BRANDWEEK (N.Y. TIMES, 10/9)....CARYN CIAGNE has joined Professional Sports Publications as sports marketing manager, including ad sales responsibilities for game programs the firm produces for Chicago teams (CHICAGO TRIBUNE, 10/9)....CHRIS CORDES, has been hired as Sales and Promotions Manager for the Charlotte Cobras of the Major Indoor Lacrosse League (MILL)....JOHN GRIFFIN has joined the senior management staff of Karlitz & Company, a NY-based entertainment marketing, corporate counseling firm. Griffin comes from three years as partner and agency owner of Integrated Sports Marketing (SFPR & Co.).
STEFFI GRAF faces possible arrest for tax evasion, according to reports from the German magazine DER SPIEGEL. In addition, FOCUS magazine in Germany reports that Graf's main sponsor, German automaker Opel, might cut its sponsorship with Graf. An Opel spokesperson denied that report (Mult., 10/9). In L.A., Mary Williams Walsh writes that not only are Graf and her father, Peter, on the front pages, but "so too are the normally invisible denizens" of the German bureaucracy, the German Tennis Federation, and Adidas and Opel (L.A. TIMES, 10/9). FOCUS also reports HANS-WILHELM GAEB, an Opel advisory board member, claims Advantage Int'l and its leader PHILIP DE PICCIOTTO may have made "questionable transfers of millions of dollars in sponsor payments" to Graf. The charges could force Graf to choose between Opel and Advantage, according to FOCUS (AP, 10/7).
In Baltimore, Vito Stellino writes that the NFL's "surprise coaching move could be the departure of New England's BILL PARCELLS at the end of the season. NFL insiders are speculating that Parcells may pack it in" (Vito Stellino, Baltimore SUN, 10/8)....A survey by Fuji Bank in Japan noted that HIDEO NOMO ranks first among outstanding sports figures in the eyes of many Japanese fathers and boys. In a survey of 300, Nomo was followed closed by baseball player ICHIRO SUZUKI (KYODO NEWS)....TOM LANDRY was a guest of JOE GIBBS at the Charlotte Motor Speedway this weekend. Gibbs owns the BOBBY LABONTE racing team, and Labonte wore a Cowboys helmet during the race. Labonte is sponsored by NFL Properties (FT. WORTH STAR-TELEGRAM, 10/9)....KRISTINE CARLIN BAY, better known as Willow Bay and host of "NBA's Inside Stuff," was married on Long Island over the weekend to ROBERT IGER, President and CEO of Cap Cities/ABC (N.Y. TIMES, 10/8). ....On "Entertainment Tonight," Pat O'Brien featured the new golf center opened by MICHAEL JORDAN. At the center, where the goal is to teach the game of golf to kids, visitors will find a full range of golf supplies carrying Jordan's name ("ET," 10/9)....The Chicago Tribune is running excerpts from two books on Jordan by reporters from the paper -- "Rebound: The Odyssey of Michael Jordan," by BOB GREENE, and "Second Coming: The Strange Odyssey of Michael Jordan -- From Courtside to Home Plate and Back Again," by SAM SMITH (CHICAGO TRIBUNE, 10/9).
Miami Heat Owner MICKY ARISON is profiled in U.S. NEWS & WORLD REPORT for his Carnival Corp., the parent company for Carnival Cruise Line. Carnival Corp just had its 15th straight quarter of record profits (Jill Sieder, U.S. NEWS & WORLD REPORT, 10/16 issue)....Attorneys are in the process of trying to "work out an agreement" between the IRS and Rockies Owner JERRY MCMORRIS. The IRS says McMorris didn't pay $25.47M in estate taxes when he took control of his family's trucking business following the death of his father. McMorris claims to have paid $10M in taxes and says he owes no more because the IRS erred by inflating the value of the stock his father held at the time of his death (Adriel Bettelheim, DENVER POST, 10/6)....Representatives of the three-man trust controlling the estate of late Bucs Owner HUGH CULVERHOUSE are in Washington to appeal a claim by the IRS that Culverhouse owes $4.5M in income taxes dating from '89-91 (Michael Sznajderman, TAMPA TRIBUNE, 10/6)....A report in the WASHINGTON POST notes Redskins Owner JACK KENT COOKE cancelled a neighbor's season tickets (held since 1945) due to an ongoing property dispute (WASHINGTON POST, 10/10).