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Volume 24 No. 117

Sports Industrialists

     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).