February 13, 2013 |
Mike Piazza has not set foot in Dodger Stadium since his retirement. When the Dodgers offered to honor him with a bobblehead night last season, Piazza declined. "He doesn't want to come back because he thinks the fans will boo ," former Dodgers Manager Tom Lasorda, the godfather to Piazza's brother, told The Times last month. Piazza did himself no favors on that score in his new book, "Long Shot. " In the book, he blames iconic Dodgers broadcaster Vin Scully for turning fans against him during the contract stalemate that preceded his trade to the Florida Marlins in 1998.
August 8, 2011 |
There's trouble brewing at the Los Angeles County Hall of Administration, where a very big problem threatens to get much, much bigger. The issue revolves around a crucial communications network that would link Los Angeles County first responders. Last week, confronted with furious lobbying efforts by two companies competing for that project, the joint powers authority overseeing the project abruptly pulled the plug on negotiations and went back to the drawing board. The action will probably delay by months or years a system law enforcers say is essential.
September 25, 2012 |
Hollywood's casting directors have ratified a new three-year contract. Teamsters Local 399 business agent Steve Dayan said the union's casting directors overwhelmingly approved a new contract Tuesday that gives them modest increases in wages and contributions to their health plans. Dayan did not disclose terms of the contract, but the agreement is patterned after similar contracts negotiated by location managers, studio drivers, camera operators, grips and other technical crews and crafts workers.
November 4, 2013 |
Pac-12 university presidents and chancellors announced Monday they have extended commissioner Larry Scott's contract through the academic year 2017-18. Scott became the league's sixth commissioner in 2009 and has presided over major growth and restructuring. Scott expanded the conference by adding Utah and Colorado and also negotiated a $3-billion television deal with ESPN and Fox. Scott also added a Pac-12 football championship game and launched the Pac-12 Networks. "I am honored and gratified by the support from the CEO Group of our great institutions," Scott said in a statement. "We have reached a number of key milestones in the past four years and none of this would have been possible without the vision and commitment of our board.
December 11, 2012 |
Kevin Youkilis and the New York Yankees reached a deal Tuesday, a person familiar with the negotiations told the Associated Press, returning the hard-nosed All-Star to the American League East and filling the Yankees' immediate need for a third baseman. The one-year contract for $12 million is pending a physical. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because there was no official announcement. Youkilis is expected to play third base while Alex Rodriguez recovers from hip surgery.
September 12, 2010 |
Hollywood actors will seek higher minimum pay rates and larger contributions to their health and pension plans in contract negotiations with the industry's major TV and movie studios, set to begin this month. Those are the highlights from a package of bargaining proposals approved Sunday by the joint board of the Screen Actors Guild and the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists, according to sources familiar with the talks. The proposals, culled from weeks of meetings with members of both unions nationwide, will form the framework for contract negotiations with the major studios that are scheduled to start Sept.