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Published May 8, 1998
Knicks VP/Public Relations Chris Weiller, who handles celebrity ticket requests, will "have plenty of power this weekend" as the Knicks host the Pacers for Games 3 and 4 of their playoff series, according to Kelly Carter of NEWSDAY. The Knicks have eight complimentary floor seats to each game for distribution, and Lakers PR Dir John Black said, "If I had eight complimentary floor seats for every game, I would own Los Angeles. Chris Weiller is doing something wrong if he's not mayor yet. [He] is more powerful than Rudy Giuliani." Weiller said the "key" to selecting the courtside celebs "is if they're a Knicks fan. You'd rather have someone who is a fan rather than a great face." The team tries to "differentiate between real fans and those who just want to be seen." Weiller: "We love Elle [MacPherson]. But if she left at halftime and was talking on the cell phone the whole time, she wouldn't be back." The team also reportedly "warned" Sean "Puffy" Combs for constantly talking on his cell phone during the game. Spike Lee, Woody Allen, Tom Brokaw and John Kennedy Jr. are among season ticket holders, and Billy Baldwin, Matthew Modine and Robin Leach are celebs who attend Knick charity functions and thus "are going to get a comp seat" when they request one (NEWSDAY, 5/8).