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October 15, 1998 | GREG JOHNSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Staples Center, the new downtown arena that will house the Lakers, Clippers and Kings, today will unveil complex and potentially lucrative sponsorship agreements that could define how arenas of the future craft sponsorship deals. The pacts, which allow sponsors to parade their brands before local sports fans as never before, will also serve as a test of whether an arena financed largely with private money can operate profitably in an era when most venues seek public funding to survive.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 4, 2001 | OFELIA CASILLAS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The first pitch of the West Valley Girls Softball League opening game Saturday marked a major triumph for girls sports in Los Angeles: the culmination of a lawsuit alleging that boys enjoy lush turf on city-owned ball fields while girls are assigned inferior fields. The federal civil rights lawsuit filed by the league against the city was settled in October 1999, when both sides agreed to a five-year lease for the fields at Hughes Middle School.
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SPORTS
July 23, 1999 | JERRY CROWE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
With three major professional teams playing concurrent seasons in the Staples Center starting in October, the new building will stage six doubleheaders involving the Lakers, Kings and Clippers next season. The NBA schedule, released Thursday, shows that only one will involve the Lakers. They'll play the Seattle SuperSonics on Jan. 17, Martin Luther King Day, at 12:30 p.m., with the Clippers playing the defending NBA champion San Antonio Spurs at 7:30.
SPORTS
April 23, 2000 | MIKE PENNER
Juan Antonio Samaranch likes his guns--his collection includes some of the finest souvenir firearms the Salt Lake City Olympic bid committee could send his way--but that was a saber the International Olympic Committee president rattled, ever dramatically, in the direction of Athens the other day. Four years from the 2004 Summer Games, Samaranch is less than pleased with Athens' organizational preparation. Construction on a variety of venues is behind schedule. More hotels have to be built.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 10, 1996 | JEAN MERL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Developers of a proposed downtown sports arena said Monday that their planned September 1999 opening of the facility seems increasingly unlikely, given the lengthy negotiations with Los Angeles city officials and the steps remaining before they know for certain whether they have a deal. "That date is starting to look a little difficult," said attorney George Mihlsten, lead negotiator for arena developers, Kings hockey team owners Edward P. Roski and Philip Anschutz.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 10, 1996 | JEAN MERL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Developers of a proposed downtown sports arena said Monday that their planned September 1999 opening of the facility seems increasingly unlikely, given the lengthy negotiations with Los Angeles city officials and the steps remaining before they know for certain whether they have a deal. "That date is starting to look a little difficult," said attorney George Mihlsten, lead negotiator for arena developers, Kings hockey team owners Edward P. Roski and Philip Anschutz.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 19, 1996
Hundreds of residents who live in the neighborhoods surrounding Dodger Stadium packed a public meeting Wednesday night to voice their opposition to the possibility of a football stadium on Dodgers property. The meeting, held by City Council members Jackie Goldberg and Mike Hernandez, was the third in a series discussing the potential impact of a second athletic arena in the Elysian Park area. All but a small number of those who attended appeared to be opposed to a stadium.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 4, 2001 | OFELIA CASILLAS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The first pitch of the West Valley Girls Softball League opening game Saturday marked a major triumph for girls sports in Los Angeles: the culmination of a lawsuit alleging that boys enjoy lush turf on city-owned ball fields while girls are assigned inferior fields. The federal civil rights lawsuit filed by the league against the city was settled in October 1999, when both sides agreed to a five-year lease for the fields at Hughes Middle School.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 26, 1997 | DARRELL SATZMAN
The Department of Water and Power has reached a tentative agreement with a developer to lease up to 16 acres of land next to the Golden State Freeway for use as a multipurpose sports center.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 5, 1999
A $2-million grant of surplus funds from the 1984 Olympics was awarded Friday for improvement of the Los Angeles Swim Stadium next to the Coliseum and to aid building a community center and gymnasium. The grant to the Exposition Park Intergenerational Community Center was made by the Amateur Athletic Foundation, the successor group to the Los Angeles Olympic Organizing Committee. It will pay for part of a $28.3-million project involving public and private funds.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 17, 1999 | KARIMA A. HAYNES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Golfers teed off at the Cascades Golf Club on Thursday, marking the opening of the San Fernando Valley's first privately owned course that doesn't require a membership to play. Operators of the course hope to attract golfers seeking country club amenities without high-priced memberships. "We want people to feel like they are a country club member for a day by providing the personal service of a private club without the cost," said Colin Kaiser, the club's director of marketing.
SPORTS
July 23, 1999 | JERRY CROWE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
With three major professional teams playing concurrent seasons in the Staples Center starting in October, the new building will stage six doubleheaders involving the Lakers, Kings and Clippers next season. The NBA schedule, released Thursday, shows that only one will involve the Lakers. They'll play the Seattle SuperSonics on Jan. 17, Martin Luther King Day, at 12:30 p.m., with the Clippers playing the defending NBA champion San Antonio Spurs at 7:30.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 23, 1999 | T.J. SIMERS and JIM NEWTON, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Supporters of the campaign to bring a professional football team back to the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum are pushing a plan to have the city acquire property near the stadium, relocating the parcel's residents to clear space for a retail complex and parking, officials said Thursday. The plan, sources said, would have a public agency, possibly the Coliseum Commission, purchase or condemn 10 to 16 acres across Figueroa Street from Exposition Park, site of the Coliseum.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 5, 1999
A $2-million grant of surplus funds from the 1984 Olympics was awarded Friday for improvement of the Los Angeles Swim Stadium next to the Coliseum and to aid building a community center and gymnasium. The grant to the Exposition Park Intergenerational Community Center was made by the Amateur Athletic Foundation, the successor group to the Los Angeles Olympic Organizing Committee. It will pay for part of a $28.3-million project involving public and private funds.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 9, 1999 | BOB POOL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
An electrical extension cord stretched across the roof of the Staples Center was blamed Monday for sparking a fire that sent 700 construction workers fleeing from the partially built sports arena south of downtown Los Angeles. There were no injuries, and officials said the rooftop blaze, which caused $25,000 to $50,000 in damage, would not delay the October opening of the $360-million complex at 1111 S. Figueroa St.
SPORTS
February 23, 1999 | HELENE ELLIOTT, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Where center ice and center court will be, giant steel beams lay scattered like pickup sticks. Where music and cheers will be heard, the only noise is from the pounding of hammers and rasping of saws. Where pucks will be slapped past hapless goalies and basketballs will be slam-dunked off vibrating rims, only dust is flying through the air.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 25, 1996 | From a Times Staff Writer
State Sen. Richard Polanco (D-Los Angeles) announced Friday that he is opposed to building a football arena next to Dodger Stadium in Elysian Park and will take whatever legislative means necessary to make sure it doesn't happen. "One stadium is enough," said Polanco, flanked by about 50 residents who have been fighting Dodger owner Peter O'Malley's wishes to build a second athletic arena in Elysian Park.
SPORTS
October 10, 1994 | STEVE SPRINGER, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
NFL Commissioner Paul Tagliabue said Sunday that several unidentified Los Angeles city and county officials initiated the discussions about building a new football stadium in Los Angeles. Tagliabue also criticized those who have publicly opposed the project. "There are city fathers in Los Angeles who are quite positive about it," he said before the Raider-New England Patriot game.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 8, 1998 | PATRICK MCGREEVY
Plans to develop a portion of Chatsworth Reservoir with athletic fields and other moneymaking uses received a cold shoulder Monday from the head of the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy as talks opened on the future of the 1,300-acre property. The conservancy has proposed leasing the property from the Department of Water and Power so it can be maintained as undeveloped open space and a nature preserve, conservancy Director Joe Edmiston told DWP board President Rick Caruso.
NEWS
October 15, 1998 | GREG JOHNSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Staples Center, the new downtown arena that will house the Lakers, Clippers and Kings, today will unveil complex and potentially lucrative sponsorship agreements that could define how arenas of the future craft sponsorship deals. The pacts, which allow sponsors to parade their brands before local sports fans as never before, will also serve as a test of whether an arena financed largely with private money can operate profitably in an era when most venues seek public funding to survive.
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