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October 23, 2012 | By Jim Peltz
Many Southern California sports bars are bracing for a frightening scene Halloween night: No Lakers on their television sets. The Lakers deliver a jolt of added business for sports bars and restaurants with multiple TVs tuned to their games. But unless a Time Warner Cable contract dispute is soon resolved, the Lakers won't be available to many of them, starting with the Lakers' second game of the season Oct. 31. "We're definitely not happy about it," said Paola Casanova, general manager of Lucky Baldwins Pub in Pasadena.
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March 26, 2014 | Chris Erskine
So how are you liking these new Dodgers owners now? Guggenheim seemed to be making all the right moves, till it slipped up while slobbering over all that TV loot, in a way that negates almost everything it has done so well up to now. Capitalism can be such a mess sometimes. Greed always does you in, even when it's cloaked in a greater purpose, such as winning a World Series, perhaps the greatest purpose of all. Crazy Guggenheim is not the biggest culprit, nor is it alone.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 19, 1990 | MICHAEL GRANBERY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Furious over efforts by the National Football League to "scramble" its telecasts, owners of several San Diego sports bars said Saturday that, collectively, they plan to protest the move through the courts. "I spoke with my attorney for two hours this afternoon and plan to seek an injunction before the first regular-season game (Sept. 9)," said Norman Lebovitz, who owns Sluggo's, with outlets in Hillcrest, La Jolla and University Towne Centre.
FOOD
November 21, 2013 | By Jessica Gelt
Craft cocktails and sports aren't often thought of as compatible. Football calls for a frothy Miller High Life and a bag of Doritos, right? Not necessarily, says Aidan Demarest, the noted mixologist and sports fan who owns Neat in Glendale. The bar, which is his pet project and specializes in fine liquors served by themselves or as part of carefully crafted cocktails, is long and cozy with low lights and a laid-back neighborhood vibe. Until recently it has notably been without television sets.
BUSINESS
April 13, 1988 | Associated Press
Hoping the American taste for the curve ball and the drop kick survives longer than it did for singles bars and discos, Marriott Corp. is spreading the sports bar theme at its hotels and resorts. A new licensing agreement with Champions, a sports-oriented restaurant and lounge chain, will bring the chain into as many as 18 Marriott hotels and resorts nationwide in 1988, according to Bethesda, Md.-based Marriott.
NEWS
April 1, 1993 | MAX JACOBSON, Max Jacobson is a free-lance writer who reviews restaurants weekly for The Times Orange County Edition.
Most of us are familiar with the unique olfactory melange--sweet hot scents of malted barley, grilled burgers and steamy warm-up suits--that can only be experienced in a crowded sports bar. March Madness, otherwise known as the NCAA basketball tournament (concluding with games this weekend and Monday), seems as good a time as any to visit either or both of two huge, muscular new examples of this all-American genre: Legends in Costa Mesa and Buena Park's National Sports Grill and Bar.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 31, 2008 | Steve Baltin
ATHLETES aren't the only ones pumping up to new levels these days. Sports bars, once neighborhood dives where you gathered in front of one TV to cheer on your local team, have become megalopolises of TV screens. Take Santa Monica's new hotspot, the Parlor, a two-story cornucopia of 50 high-definition TVs of all sizes.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 28, 1987 | LONN JOHNSTON, Times Staff Writer
"Last Sunday, you couldn't find a seat," harrumphed Joleen Hart as she slowly filled two beer glasses at Popeye's tavern in Costa Mesa. "It was so crazy in here, four or five times I was almost in tears." Staring up at the fish nets and other neo-nautical ceiling decor, the 29-year-old bartender sighed, "Today it's dead. And it'll be like this until football starts again."
NEWS
April 4, 1995 | LEN HALL and STEVE SCHEIBAL, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Blair Woodward, UCLA Class of '87, came spilling out the door of Legends Sports Bar on Monday night, slightly hoarse and nearly out of breath. "I'm ecstatic, I'm elated," she croaked just seconds after UCLA defeated Arkansas 89-78 to claim its 11th NCAA basketball title. "We're in! This is better than beating USC in football!" Woodward, of Corona del Mar, was among the raucous Bruin fans who made up the unquestionable majority of the standing-room-only crowd at Legends.
SPORTS
August 26, 1990 | MICHAEL GRANBERRY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Lowell Ganz may be the essence of the contemporary urban sports fan. A Hollywood screenwriter from New York, he lives in Los Angeles, where, via his home satellite dish, he spends fall Sundays watching his favorite entry in the NFL, the New York Giants. Ganz is passionate about sports and obsessive about certain teams, almost all of which play in New York. He will tell you without apology that, except for the Lakers, he has no interest in local teams. But come Sept.
BUSINESS
September 20, 2013 | By David Lazarus
Brian is a UCLA grad and big Bruins backer. He's also a Verizon FiOS subscriber, which doesn't allow him to see Pac-12 Network football games. Brian wants to know: How can he see his beloved Bruins? This is another example of how not all broadcasters and programmers see eye to eye -- as we witnessed during the recent tussle between Time Warner Cable and CBS. ASK LAZ: Smart answers to consumer questions Verizon has no contract to show Pac-12 Network games, so a FiOS subscriber can't watch them, no way, no how. What can you do?
BUSINESS
August 22, 2013 | By Paresh Dave
Drew James guesses he went to a total of five Dodgers games in the last five years. This season, the Hollywood resident has been to six games, bought two Dodgers jerseys and gathered with friends at bars to root for Los Angeles' red-hot baseball team. Struck by Dodgers fever, James and many other Southern Californians are generating extra and unexpected sales business for Southland restaurants, sports bars and apparel shops. "Demand just shot through the roof," said Coby Goodman, owner of Los Feliz sporting goods shop Bling Circus.
NATIONAL
June 14, 2013 | By Michael Muskal
While patrons were concentrating on the fast-paced basketball game on television screens Thursday night, the outdoor deck of a popular Florida sports bar gave way, sending fans into the waters of Biscayne Bay. Officials said about 100 people were on the deck of Shucker's Bar & Grill in North Bay Village, north of Miami Beach, when it gave way. The deck was about 8 to 10 feet above the shallow water's surface, roughly the same height of a basketball hoop...
ENTERTAINMENT
February 1, 2013 | By Jessica Gelt
Super Bowl Sunday is upon us. Maybe it's the only day that you deign to watch football, or maybe it marks the culmination of five months of blood, sweat and beers spent glued to the television out of devotion to your favorite team. Either way, it's the one day of the year that America comes together over a singularly American sports obsession, and as such it's a darn good reason to party. Sports bars and restaurants across the city will throw open their doors in a high-def blitz. Here are a few of our favorite options: -- The Bungalow, 101 Wilshire Blvd., Santa Monica.
SPORTS
November 28, 2012 | Chris Erskine
This might be the worst sports bar in the world. Traditions, or colloquially, Traddies, resides down four flights of stairs, below Middle-earth, on the cramped but still-sexy-after-all-these-beers USC campus. As sports bars go, the vibe is just OK - neither unpleasant nor pleasant. The service is a bit noncommittal as well: 40 minutes for a beer, an hour for a burger. Guess they weren't expecting such a big crowd for a USC-Notre Dame game. Would somebody horse-collar that waitress?
SPORTS
October 23, 2012 | By Jim Peltz
Many Southern California sports bars are bracing for a frightening scene Halloween night: No Lakers on their television sets. The Lakers deliver a jolt of added business for sports bars and restaurants with multiple TVs tuned to their games. But unless a Time Warner Cable contract dispute is soon resolved, the Lakers won't be available to many of them, starting with the Lakers' second game of the season Oct. 31. "We're definitely not happy about it," said Paola Casanova, general manager of Lucky Baldwins Pub in Pasadena.
NEWS
January 18, 1995 | MIKE DiGIOVANNA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
They were devastated in the fall of 1993 when the NFL didn't award them an expansion team, frustrated last January when the New England Patriots didn't move here and emotionally drained from six exasperating months of negotiations with the Rams. So it's no wonder St. Louis-area football fans cut loose Tuesday night, filling sports bars and restaurants for parties celebrating the deal that is expected to bring the Rams to town next season. But this is not Charlotte, N.C., or Jacksonville, Fla.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 22, 1994 | MICHAEL GRANBERRY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
On fall Sundays, the ritual repeats itself in bars and restaurants from Dana Point to Newport Beach to Fullerton. Fans decked out in the colors of their "hometown" team--Bears, Cowboys and 49ers, among others--huddle in clusters, sipping beer while watching National Football League games that they can't see at home because they don't own a satellite dish. Come next season, the ritual may undergo a radical transformation, changing the viewing habits of thousands. On Feb.
SPORTS
October 21, 2012 | By Eric Pincus
In Los Angeles, many Lakers fans have greater concerns than the franchise's quest to tie the Boston Celtics with a 17th championship. The birth of Time Warner Cable SportsNet and Time Warner Cable Deportes has left approximately two-thirds of the Southern California market without a channel to watch Lakers games in their homes. Time Warner Cable has yet to reach major distribution deals with DirecTV, Dish, Verizon, AT&T, Cox and Charter. The lone agreement in place is with Bright House Networks, little consolation to those hitting sports bars or searching for friends with access for their Lakers fix. It was already a difficult pill to swallow for those without basic cable; Lakers games were no longer a "free" broadcast.  At least in the KCAL era, away games were available on network television.
NEWS
June 5, 2012
Game boys (and girls) can belly up to the Cosmopolitan's EA Sports Bar, a popup concept that's part sports bar, part lounge and part arcade. It's set on the casino's ground floor, where fans can tune in to sporting events on a half dozen high-definition TVs while gamers can square off on one of three Sony PlayStations. The 2,500-square-foot space is decked out with leather chairs, sofas and a (low-tech) foosball table. The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas 3708 Las Vegas Blvd. South 877.551.7778 www.cosmopolitanlasvegas.com - Jamie Wetherbe, Custom Publishing Writer
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