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PAM HARRIS was named Senior VP/Marketing for MSG. Harris has worked in the Knicks marketing department since '91 (MSG)....RICK BURTON was named Dir of the Univ. of OR's James H. Warsaw Sports Marketing Center. DENNIS HOWARD, formerly of Ohio State, is the newest faculty hire (Warsaw Sports Marketing)....SportsTicker named BRUCE MARTIN as its auto racing reporter and columnist. Martin was UPI's auto racing editor (SportsTicker)....Maple Leafs VP/Project Dir TOM ANSELMI will take on the added responsibilities of the Operations Department at the Gardens (TORONTO SUN, 1/16).
CNN's "Showbiz Today" included a profile on SEAN "PUFFY" COMBS, an avid Knicks fan who now sits courtside at home games. BILLY BALDWIN: "As he's climbed the billboard charts, he's climbed around the corner to midcourt" (CNN, 1/15). ...ALLEN IVERSON is profiled in VIBE magazine. HENRY "QUE" GASKINS, who handles all Iverson-related business for Reebok: "Young kids saw Allen at Georgetown and said, 'He's cool ... He's just like me off the court, the baggy clothes, the braids.' ... It hurts Allen when people say he's the Tupac of basketball. Allen is not trying to be 'thug life.' He just wants to be real. He's just a young black man with confidence" (VIBE, 2/98 issue)....Golfers PETER JACOBSEN, PAYNE STEWART and MARK LYE will release, "I Love To Play," a parody album, on April 21. It will be released under the band name Jake Trout and the Flounders (EMI-Capitol Ent.).