February 4, 2014 |
The Sparks have been sold to an investment group led by Lakers legend Magic Johnson and Dodgers controlling owner Mark Walter, chief executive of Guggenheim Partners, a Chicago-based financial services company. Todd Boehly and Bobby Patton, other members of the group that paid a record $2.15 billion for the Dodgers in March 2012, are also in on the Sparks purchase. The only Dodgers owner who is not is Peter Guber, who owns a stake in the NBA's Golden State Warriors. The WNBA had no comment about the Sparks purchase, which was confirmed to The Times by a person with knowledge of the situation.
October 10, 1991 |
In April, Herb and Kathy Goodman's house was invaded by an army. The Goodmans were given less than two weeks notice to get out of town. Unable to reclaim their own land, they headed for the coast and holed up for months. Now, the army has cleared out, but for the next month, thousands of others are trooping around the property. When the exercise is over, the Goodmans will come home. Until then, Kathy Goodman wants people to see what has happened to her Encino home.
July 20, 2010 |
Kathy Goodman's wish came true, kind of. Since the season began, the Sparks co-owner had been openly pleading for the team to play one complete game. She wanted to see 40 great minutes of basketball, not 30. In an 86-83 overtime victory against the Tulsa Shock on Tuesday at Staples Center, Goodman walked away almost satisfied. "They played 40 minutes," Goodman said. "But it was in 45 minutes." After playing three solid quarters to take a 63-53 lead into the fourth, the Sparks (6-15)
April 14, 2009 |
Sparks Coach Michael Cooper is having discussions with USC about becoming the Trojans' women's basketball coach, Sparks co-owner Carla Christofferson confirmed today. "From our perspective, he's under contract to coach our season," Christofferson said. "We've confirmed with him he's coaching our 2009 season." The WNBA regular season runs from June through mid-September. USC's regular season starts in mid-November.
January 2, 2014 |
The WNBA is searching for a new Sparks owner after Sparks Chairman Paula Madison told the league her family-owned company would no longer be involved with the team, The Times has learned. “This was a big surprise to us,” WNBA President Laurel Richie said Thursday. “Right before the holidays, I got a call from Paula letting me know that she and her family were no longer in a position to continue with the Sparks.” The WNBA is not taking over control of the Sparks, however.
July 4, 2008 |
It's not who you start, it's how you finish. The Sparks went with a new look Thursday night against the Minnesota Lynx, starting Shannon Bobbitt and Raffaella Masciadri in the backcourt for the first time this season, but their fourth-quarter problems continued in an 88-70 loss at Staples Center, their third in a row and fourth in the last six games.