January 29, 2013 |
— If Commissioner Roger Goodell is the quarterback at NFL headquarters, Eric Grubman is more like the running back, negotiating around, over and through obstacles while always trying to advance the ball. Grubman, the NFL's executive vice president of business operations, is the league's chief deal maker, a longtime Goldman Sachs investment banker who plays a crucial role in major transactions such as the sale of a team, the construction of a stadium, or the various relationships with league partners.
March 19, 2013
Re "GOP senator says he now supports same-sex marriage," March 16 Thank you, Sen. Rob Portman (R-Ohio), for waking up to the fact that there are people in this country different from you. This is the exact reason I believe politicians should be required to take a diversity training course like the one educator and activist Jane Elliott teaches to children and adults as documented in the PBS program "A Class Divided. " In fact, go live in the world you are making decisions about before handing down pronouncements about other people's lives.
October 12, 2012 |
Love Dodger Stadium? Think it only needs some minor modernizing, just some tender loving care? Want to give it a big hug before you go to bed every night? Or are you the kind of pragmatist who believes it's had one helluva run, but it's now time for Los Angeles to have a modern stadium. To join the current millennium. Time to bring out the wrecking ball. Want answers? You're not going to get them now, at least regarding the long term. Dodgers Chief Executive Stan Kasten is focused on what he calls an aggressive off-season plan to respond to 51-year-old ballpark's most pressing current needs.
February 25, 2013 |
And here we go again … The Times' Sam Farmer picks up on a Business Daily report that says the NFL has had direct talks with the Dodgers' new owners about putting an NFL stadium in the Dodger Stadium parking lots. Cats don't have this many lives. At some point, you have to wonder whether the NFL ever wants to come back to Los Angeles. It has so much fun just talking about it. The idea was a good one when Peter O'Malley wanted to do it back in the Bronze Age, but it's tired now and hard to imagine the city getting all excited about starting this stadium process over again.
January 31, 2014 |
The Kroenke Organization confirmed Friday The Times' report that it bought a large piece of land in Inglewood. Billionaire Stan Kroenke, the owner of the St. Louis Rams, purchased a 60-acre parking lot located between the Forum and Hollywood Park that could potentially be used for an NFL stadium. "As real estate developers, the Kroenke Organizations are involved in numerous real estate deals across the country and North America," a Kroenke Organization spokesperson wrote in an email statement.
March 19, 2013
Re "GOP rift on display at conference," March 17 Many of the Republicans who spoke at the Conservative Political Action Conference last week seemed to think that the problem with their party was the wrapping, not the package. They seem to miss the point that what's inside the package is the problem. When CPAC speaker Mitt Romney said privately to a group of wealthy donors during his presidential campaign that he could write off about 47% of voters, he put into words what many Republicans think.