February 18, 2011 |
The NBA players' union and the team owners are far apart in their labor dispute, having failed to strike a compromise in two years of on-and-off bargaining. Their latest meeting, a two-hour session Friday afternoon at a Beverly Hills hotel, was the first since November. It appeared to produce no meaningful progress toward a new collective bargaining agreement that would prevent a potential lockout after the old one expires June 30. "I'm going to tell my guys to prepare for a lockout," Billy Hunter, executive director of the NBA Players Assn.
September 26, 1987
Why is it that when sports' teams' owners "get together" to protect their interests, it's collusion ? When the players "get together" to protect their interests, it's strategic labor negotiations ? TOM BOKARAE Huntington Beach
May 20, 2011 |
The list of potential buyers for the Dodgers — should Major League Baseball or a divorce court force a sale — features all the usual suspects. Forbes 400 types who have amassed personal fortunes large enough to afford every sports fan's dream. That includes men such as Eli Broad and Tom Gores, who do not have much experience when it comes to owning a team. The scenario sounds familiar to Robert Kraft, who purchased the New England Patriots in 1994 after years of cheering from the stands.
January 15, 2002 |
With spring training four weeks away and the concept of eliminating two teams this winter all but dead, Commissioner Bud Selig said owners have urged him not to abandon the plan or the timetable. Owners are expected to approve the sales of the Boston Red Sox and the Florida Marlins at a meeting this week in Phoenix.
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January 5, 1985 |
A few dozen sympathizers called Friday to offer condolences to Robert and Mary Lee Burdett, whose dog, Dumpy, was shot and killed by a Fullerton police officer chasing a burglary suspect. "We had a lot of people call us that were appalled at our dog getting shot," Robert Burdett said. Many of the callers said, "That's the dumbest thing that that officer could have done." "Policemen will tell you, 'Get a dog, it will deter burglars,' " Burdett said. "That's fine, until they start shooting them."
December 17, 1994
I just don't get it. The major league players are still on strike, but journeymen players are still signing multimillion-dollar contracts and owners are breaking ranks by making the offers. What is the point of the whole thing? CHUCK HILL Van Nuys
April 12, 2011 |
Pioneering Internet television service Hulu recently celebrated its third anniversary in a fitting locale: under the roller coaster at the Santa Monica Pier. Hulu has reached a dizzying level of popularity among users by offering easy and free online access to episodes of hit TV programs. But the site's soaring success has induced stomach-churning paroxysms for its owners, Walt Disney Co., News Corp. and NBCUniversal. Now the website faces changes that could curtail its trove of offerings or require users to pay for episodes they currently watch for free.
April 1, 1987
Certificates worth $5,000 and good through June 30 were offered to the 150,000 owners of 1984 to 1986 Audi 5000 models wanting to buy or lease a 1987 model. The effort represents Audi's latest attempt to bolster its image and U.S. sales following allegations that 5000S models with automatic transmission have been involved in accidents, some fatal, related to sudden acceleration. Owners have filed class-action lawsuits against Audi and related firms.
April 4, 1985 |
Representatives of both the baseball owners and the Major League Players Assn. agreed Wednesday to expand the 1985 league championship playoffs from five to seven games. Maybe. Don Fehr, executive director of the players' union, said after tentative accord had been reached that unless there is an overall settlement in the negotiations for a new collective bargaining agreement, "the playoffs will not be played."