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November 4, 1993 | JIM MURRAY
The fight manager is an American original, as American as the pumpkin. There's nothing quite like him in any other part of the world. Tex Rickard was the prototype of the breed. Taciturn, laconic, he had been raised an orphan, a loner from the crib on. He made his bundle in the Klondike, lost it on a roll of the dice or the turn of a card, shrugged and looked for the next game. Rickard was a professional gambler and putting on fights was the highest-stakes game he could sit in on.
In a measure aimed at bringing more big-name boxing to Los Angeles, Gov. Gray Davis signed a bill Thursday setting a $100,000 limit on the state tax promoters must pay for events. Assemblyman Gil Cedillo (D-Los Angeles) carried the bill after promoter Bob Arum, who put on the Oscar De La Hoya-Shane Mosley fight in June at Staples Center, faced a $350,000 tax bill. Arum and others contended that the hefty California tax dissuades promoters from booking big-name boxing matches in California.
September 11, 2012 | By Lance Pugmire
It's personal, it's business, it's boxing. Saturday night, the two most popular Mexican fighters will headline opposing cards in Las Vegas as rival promoters Top Rank and Golden Boy continue to duke it out. Top Rank's world middleweight champion Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. (46-0-1) will have his greatest test, meeting Argentina's former champion and 2010 fighter of the year Sergio Martinez at Thomas & Mack Center. Down Tropicana Avenue at MGM Grand, Golden Boy's super-welterweight champion, Saul "Canelo" Alvarez (40-0-1)
December 24, 2009 | By Lance Pugmire
Boxing's tendency to inflame hostility, name-calling and old grudges in contract negotiations is threatening the biggest fight in the sport. Manny Pacquiao's promoter, Bob Arum, told The Times on Wednesday that he's treating the Filipino's verbally-agreed-upon mega-fight against Floyd Mayweather Jr. on March 13 as if it's "dead," and added he's instructed his matchmaker to explore other possible fights for Pacquiao. Arum is angered that Mayweather's camp wants Pacquiao to submit to a random blood-testing protocol supervised by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency.
August 23, 1988 | WILLIAM K. KNOEDELSEDER Jr., Times Staff Writer
In a surprising reversal of an earlier ruling, a federal judge in Los Angeles on Monday dismissed a local record promoter's $25-million antitrust suit against MCA Records and the Warner Communications record labels. The lawsuit, filed more than two years ago by independent record promoter Joseph Isgro, charged that MCA, Warner and 10 other major record companies had conspired to boycott Isgro's services in an effort to reduce the price of independent promotion.
January 30, 1998 | MARLA MATZER
Consolidation is a trend throughout the entertainment industry. Studios have gobbled up TV networks and independent film companies. There has been a feeding frenzy for radio stations. Several big theater chains have merged recently. Now, live entertainment may be next. Concert promotion, to date a generally fragmented, localized business, is being targeted for consolidation.
February 11, 1989 | WILLIAM K. KNOEDELSEDER Jr., Times Staff Writer
A federal judge in Los Angeles on Friday threw out payola charges against a San Francisco-area record promoter and dealt at least a temporary setback to the Justice Department's much-publicized investigation into alleged illegal practices in the recording industry. Responding to a defense motion, U.S.
Judging from appearances, Gary Folgner could be a comfortable denizen of Jimmy Buffett's Margaritaville. At 49, he looks like an aging, mellowed, '60s throwback, outfitted in an ever-present Hawaiian shirt, a mixed-breed dog for his constant companion, a two-room apartment in a decaying, 1929-vintage motel in Dana Point for his address.
January 16, 2003 | Mike Terry, Times Staff Writer
With his stellar pro career winding down, Oscar De La Hoya is looking for other ways to stay in the fight game. Now he will try promoting fighters instead of knocking them out. Tonight De La Hoya, through his recently formed Golden Boy Promotions company, will have a six-fight card at the Olympic Auditorium. The main event features World Boxing Council super bantamweight champion Oscar Larios (46-3-1) against Marcos Licona (19-2-1) in a 10-round, nontitle fight.
November 12, 1991
A sports memorabilia show promoter, who was charged with writing bad checks to such sports celebrities as Mickey Mantle, Ernie Banks and the Dodgers' Steve Garvey and Don Drysdale, has pleaded guilty. Paul Howard Hammack, 44, who called himself Ernest Dent when he organized a memorabilia show that attracted thousands of fans to the Pasadena Center in September, 1990, entered the plea Friday in Pasadena Superior Court to 19 felony counts and one misdemeanor.
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