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The IHL named JAY WISSE as VP/Sales & Corporate Development. Wisse was Broadcast Sales Manager for the Spurs since '92. Wisse will be responsible for the development and acquisition of new national sponsorship and marketing partners (IHL)....ERIC MAGNUSON was named Exec Dir of Pac-10 Properties. He had been VP/Account Supervisor at Millsport in San Francisco (N.Y. TIMES, 9/11)....The Corel WTA Tour named JAYE CAVALLO as Manager of Creative Services and VERONIQUE MARCHAL as Communications Manager. Cavallo has been Dir of Sports Media Relations for the Metro Athletic Conference and Marchal spent three years at the International Public Relations office of the NBA (Corel WTA Tour)....LISA TASSONE GRIMES has been named Dir/Affiliate Sales for the Eastern Region at the Classic Sports Network (CSN)....Golden Bear Int'l named BARRY SCHWARTZ as Media and Advertising Consultant to the Executive Sports division. He was a Senior Account Exec at ABC TV (Executive Sports).
MIKE DITKA and partners will open Iron Mike's, a new restaurant in Chicago. Plans included a December opening and Ditka and partners hope this is the first of a mult-unit operation with Iron Mike's opening around the country (CHICAGO SUN-TIMES, 9/11)....Skater RUDY GALINDO is giving up his eligibility for the '98 Olympics to turn pro (CHICAGO TRIBUNE, 9/11)....Agent LEIGH STEINBERG "was arrested over the weekend for investigation of driving under the influence of alcohol" in Newport Beach, CA (USA TODAY, 9/11).
ALBERT BELLE was featured on HBO's "Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel," in a piece directed by SPIKE LEE. Indians GM JOHN HART: "Albert has an image problem with the national media. Everything that Albert does is blown up. I think Albert also has an image problem within the game of baseball. ... In this era of political correctness, Albert is not baseball politically correct and it doesn't wash real well." Belle on his distrust of people, including the media: "If I don't trust someone, I'm definitely not going to open up and talk to them." In speaking on Belle afterward, Lee indicated they didn't discuss Belle's incident with HANNAH STORM in the World Series since Storm would not address this issue on camera (HBO, 9/11).