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NEWS
July 24, 2001 | GREG JOHNSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The sport of kings won't necessarily get rich by allowing marketers to place advertisements on jockeys' apparel and horse owners' bright silks. That's because sports marketers say horse racing won't command the big-dollar sponsorship deals enjoyed by NASCAR and other big league sports. "The bottom line is eyeballs equal exposure value," said Don Hinchey, director of creative services for Bonham Group, a Denver-based sports marketing company.
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ENTERTAINMENT
June 25, 1997 | HOWARD ROSENBERG
Women's professional basketball is just plain fun. A creature of the men's NBA, the televised new WNBA is the answer to a basketball junkie's (blush) summer blahs, featuring lots of quickness, flying bodies, over-dribbling, sporadic good shooting and inconsistent play that's wild, wild, wild. Think of good boys' high school basketball, where energy often exceeds the uneven skill level, and you pretty much have the picture. In other words, a real hoot.
SPORTS
April 25, 1991 | MIKE DiGIOVANNA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Bob Caffrey could easily point to a chronic shoulder injury as the sole reason his professional baseball career went from boom to bust in five years. The evidence is undisputable: Caffrey, a first-round draft pick by the Montreal Expos in 1984, had arthroscopic surgery in 1985, just a year after he received a $100,000 signing bonus and was considered one of the nation's best catching prospects.
SPORTS
June 4, 1990 | RICHARD SANDOMIR, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Merchandise licensed by professional sports leagues and universities has found an ever-broadening range of outlets. Where once the only places to buy a Lakers' T-shirt or a Kings' jersey may have been the Forum or a sporting goods store, such products are now being sold through specialty fan-shop chains, discounters, department stores, mass-merchandisers and mail-order catalogues.
SPORTS
December 22, 1992 | RONE TEMPEST, TIMES STAFF WRITER
After the professional basketball team in this southwestern French city lost its first nine games this season, the owners sent identical letters to the two American players on the squad. The letters instructed the players, veterans Donald Petties and Kevin McDuffie, to turn in their car keys, pay their phone bills and clear out of their apartments. It offered them $2,000 cash and a one-way ticket to the United States.
BUSINESS
November 6, 2002 | Ralph Frammolino, Times Staff Writer
First came the precedent- setting rookie contract, followed by a blockbuster $42-million pact with the New England Patriots -- at the time the largest player contract in National Football League history. But the relationship between super-agent Leigh Steinberg and Super Bowl quarterback Drew Bledsoe was about more than money.
BUSINESS
February 12, 2003 | Ralph Frammolino, Times Staff Writer
Faced with a $4.66-million jury verdict and millions more in attorney fees, Newport Beach sports agent David Dunn has filed for bankruptcy protection. Dunn, who runs Athletes First and is considered one of pro football's most effective contract negotiators, filed for Chapter 11 protection Monday because he intends to appeal the jury verdict but doesn't have the assets to secure the bond, company attorney Mark Humenik said.
SPORTS
March 20, 2000 | By BILL DWYRE
The Internet world has joined the professional tennis tour for the first time. Estyle Inc., which sells a series of women's products on various Web sites originating on http://www.estyle.com will be announced today as the title sponsor for the Manhattan Beach women's tour event Aug. 7-13. This will be the 30th year of the tournament, which is played at the Manhattan Country Club. Last year's Manhattan Beach event, a Women's Tennis Assn. Tier II event, was won by Serena Williams.
SPORTS
April 20, 1999 | HELENE ELLIOTT
TEAM RECORD: COMMENT 1. Dallas (51-19-12): But are Stars ready for real season? 2. Colorado (44-28-10): Fast finish of 9-2-1. 3. New Jersey (47-24-11): Loosened reins do the trick. 4. Detroit (43-32-7): A-one, and a-two, and a-three . . . 5. Ottawa (44-23-15): Late 1-2-4 slide costly. 6. Toronto (45-30-7): Surprise top-scoring team. 7. Boston (39-30-13): Solid defense, goaltending. 8. St. Louis (37-32-13): 11-4-3 in final five weeks. 9. Philadelphia (37-26-19): Held together with spit and tape.
SPORTS
July 21, 2007 | Bill Dwyre
Time to take a deep breath, folks. Yes, the world of pro sports had a scandalous week. Yes, we have a famous NFL quarterback accused of having dogs fight for his amusement and killed for his disdain. Yes, we have an NBA referee accused of wagering on games he worked and making calls favorable to the line he bet. And yes, if true, any and all of that is disgusting and stupid.
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