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December 6, 2006 | Jerry Crowe, Times Staff Writer
An investor group led by Los Angeles lawyers Katherine Goodman and Carla Christofferson is buying the Sparks from Lakers owner Jerry Buss for $10 million, sources confirmed Tuesday night. The NBA Board of Governors was expected to vote today to approve the sale of the two-time WNBA champions, sources said. The Sparks have scheduled a Thursday news conference.
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March 2, 2013 | By Melissa Rohlin
At Jerry Buss' memorial service Feb. 21, more than a dozen speakers honored the longtime Lakers owner, who died Feb. 18 at age 80 after a battle with cancer. Below are some of the highlights from the service, which included speeches by some current and former Lakers legends. MAGIC JOHNSON Johnson played for the Lakers from 1979 to 1991 and returned in the 1995-96 season. He and Buss hung out often, but Johnson didn't realize just how close they had become until he contracted HIV. "When I announced HIV, I knew he was really a father figure in my life," Johnson said.
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May 31, 2002 | Mike Terry
Johnny Buss, president of the Sparks, may be fined by the WNBA for remarks published Saturday in The Times regarding player salaries. Neither league nor Spark officials would comment Thursday, but sources said WNBA Commissioner Val Ackerman was "infuriated" by Buss' comments. Buss said he would like to see salaries increase by 50%, or even double. The minimum salary for a veteran is $40,000 a season. Players negotiate salaries with the league, not individual teams.
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February 21, 2013 | Bill Plaschke
The stage was filled with flowers and gold. The audience was filled with short skirts and diamonds. Davis Gaines elegantly sang "Music of the Night," while, on the screen behind him, there appeared a photo of Jerry and Jimmy Buss crooning karaoke. Several members of the USC marching band played "Amazing Grace," but they did so while wearing their sunglasses. The first song was from "Toy Story," the last song was from Sinatra, and in between, the stage flashed photos of Jerry Buss hanging out with his grandchildren, his buddy Hugh Hefner, and his poker chips.
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February 21, 2013 | Bill Plaschke
The stage was filled with flowers and gold. The audience was filled with short skirts and diamonds. Davis Gaines elegantly sang "Music of the Night," while, on the screen behind him, there appeared a photo of Jerry and Jimmy Buss crooning karaoke. Several members of the USC marching band played "Amazing Grace," but they did so while wearing their sunglasses. The first song was from "Toy Story," the last song was from Sinatra, and in between, the stage flashed photos of Jerry Buss hanging out with his grandchildren, his buddy Hugh Hefner, and his poker chips.
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October 31, 2006 | Mike Terry, Times Staff Writer
Sparks President Johnny Buss, who has run the WNBA franchise through eight seasons, said Monday that he is stepping down. He also said there is a possibility that the team would be put up for sale. Although Buss did not name an immediate successor, he disclosed that General Manager Penny Toler had already started taking more responsibility for running the day-to-day operation. Toler, a former Sparks player who was hired as general manager in 1999, could not be immediately reached for comment.
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July 14, 1999 | EARL GUSTKEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
While the WNBA's best players show off their talents in tonight's All-Star game, league executives will meet this week in New York behind closed doors to discuss a fallen star--Los Angeles. What's up with owner Jerry Buss and son Johnny? Are they looking for a way out of their WNBA commitment? And if their commitment to the WNBA enterprise is total and unconditional, why won't they say so?
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June 10, 1999 | EARL GUSTKEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Remember the old Sparks, stuck in the mediocrity of two seasons without a winning record, often overmatched against the WNBA's best teams? Those were the old Sparks. In Sparkland today, there is optimism and a growing confidence, the mean old times pushed further back into everyone's memory. After their blockbuster draft day May 4, the Sparks now are bent on happier times.
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July 22, 1999 | EARL GUSTKEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Here's some bad news for WNBA Western Conference teams: Coach Orlando Woolridge may have bottled the magic elixir that drove the Sparks to Sunday's upset victory over the Houston Comets. They impressed again Wednesday night, routing the Phoenix Mercury, 84-63, at the Great Western Forum and moving into a second-place tie with Sacramento at 12-6 in the conference standings. Suddenly, the Sparks are playing the WNBA's best ball.
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June 12, 2007 | Mike Bresnahan and Robyn Norwood, Times Staff Writers
With Jerry, Jim and Jeanie Buss all speaking out about Kobe Bryant in recent weeks, it leaves Janie and Johnny as the only Buss family members not to voice an opinion on the matter. Oh, wait. Make that just Janie. Johnny Buss, the oldest son of Lakers owner Jerry Buss, sent a bulletin to friends on his MySpace.com page that contained a peculiar reference to the team's nine-time All-Star. "If you've been following the Kobe drama, I want to let you know it's not really drama ...
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June 12, 2007 | Mike Bresnahan and Robyn Norwood, Times Staff Writers
With Jerry, Jim and Jeanie Buss all speaking out about Kobe Bryant in recent weeks, it leaves Janie and Johnny as the only Buss family members not to voice an opinion on the matter. Oh, wait. Make that just Janie. Johnny Buss, the oldest son of Lakers owner Jerry Buss, sent a bulletin to friends on his MySpace.com page that contained a peculiar reference to the team's nine-time All-Star. "If you've been following the Kobe drama, I want to let you know it's not really drama ...
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December 6, 2006 | Jerry Crowe, Times Staff Writer
An investor group led by Los Angeles lawyers Katherine Goodman and Carla Christofferson is buying the Sparks from Lakers owner Jerry Buss for $10 million, sources confirmed Tuesday night. The NBA Board of Governors was expected to vote today to approve the sale of the two-time WNBA champions, sources said. The Sparks have scheduled a Thursday news conference.
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October 31, 2006 | Mike Terry, Times Staff Writer
Sparks President Johnny Buss, who has run the WNBA franchise through eight seasons, said Monday that he is stepping down. He also said there is a possibility that the team would be put up for sale. Although Buss did not name an immediate successor, he disclosed that General Manager Penny Toler had already started taking more responsibility for running the day-to-day operation. Toler, a former Sparks player who was hired as general manager in 1999, could not be immediately reached for comment.
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January 16, 2003 | From Wire Reports
The Buss family has assumed ownership of the two-time WNBA champion Sparks after a restructuring of the league, and team President Johnny Buss said Wednesday the Sparks could turn a profit in 2004. Ownership of the Sparks will be on the same percentage basis as the NBA's Lakers, in which the family has a majority stake, Buss said. Staples Center owners Philip Anschutz and Edward Roski, and Magic Johnson, also own shares of the Lakers.
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May 31, 2002 | Mike Terry
Johnny Buss, president of the Sparks, may be fined by the WNBA for remarks published Saturday in The Times regarding player salaries. Neither league nor Spark officials would comment Thursday, but sources said WNBA Commissioner Val Ackerman was "infuriated" by Buss' comments. Buss said he would like to see salaries increase by 50%, or even double. The minimum salary for a veteran is $40,000 a season. Players negotiate salaries with the league, not individual teams.
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July 22, 1999 | EARL GUSTKEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Here's some bad news for WNBA Western Conference teams: Coach Orlando Woolridge may have bottled the magic elixir that drove the Sparks to Sunday's upset victory over the Houston Comets. They impressed again Wednesday night, routing the Phoenix Mercury, 84-63, at the Great Western Forum and moving into a second-place tie with Sacramento at 12-6 in the conference standings. Suddenly, the Sparks are playing the WNBA's best ball.
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January 16, 2003 | From Wire Reports
The Buss family has assumed ownership of the two-time WNBA champion Sparks after a restructuring of the league, and team President Johnny Buss said Wednesday the Sparks could turn a profit in 2004. Ownership of the Sparks will be on the same percentage basis as the NBA's Lakers, in which the family has a majority stake, Buss said. Staples Center owners Philip Anschutz and Edward Roski, and Magic Johnson, also own shares of the Lakers.
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March 2, 2013 | By Melissa Rohlin
At Jerry Buss' memorial service Feb. 21, more than a dozen speakers honored the longtime Lakers owner, who died Feb. 18 at age 80 after a battle with cancer. Below are some of the highlights from the service, which included speeches by some current and former Lakers legends. MAGIC JOHNSON Johnson played for the Lakers from 1979 to 1991 and returned in the 1995-96 season. He and Buss hung out often, but Johnson didn't realize just how close they had become until he contracted HIV. "When I announced HIV, I knew he was really a father figure in my life," Johnson said.
SPORTS
July 14, 1999 | EARL GUSTKEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
While the WNBA's best players show off their talents in tonight's All-Star game, league executives will meet this week in New York behind closed doors to discuss a fallen star--Los Angeles. What's up with owner Jerry Buss and son Johnny? Are they looking for a way out of their WNBA commitment? And if their commitment to the WNBA enterprise is total and unconditional, why won't they say so?
SPORTS
June 10, 1999 | EARL GUSTKEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Remember the old Sparks, stuck in the mediocrity of two seasons without a winning record, often overmatched against the WNBA's best teams? Those were the old Sparks. In Sparkland today, there is optimism and a growing confidence, the mean old times pushed further back into everyone's memory. After their blockbuster draft day May 4, the Sparks now are bent on happier times.
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