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.
June 13, 2013 |
On his first day as an owner of the Dodgers, Magic Johnson had heard one too many questions about Frank McCourt, and what role the outgoing owner would continue to play at Chavez Ravine. "Frank is not here. He is not part of the Dodgers any more ," Johnson said. "We should be clapping for that. " McCourt might not be part of the baseball team any more, but he remains a major player in deciding the future of the land surrounding Dodger Stadium. As The Times reported Wednesday night, McCourt could be the sole landlord for an NFL stadium put up on the Dodger Stadium parking lots.
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.
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.
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May 1, 2012 |
In the heat of a broader financial scandal, the public officials who run the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum have agreed to give up decades' worth of free Trojan football tickets they negotiated for themselves in a proposed lease that would surrender control of the stadium to USC. The Coliseum Commission has also relinquished access to a VIP hospitality area at the taxpayer-owned stadium for Trojan contests as well as a possible bounty of free tickets...
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.