March 15, 1990 |
Those who would bring professional basketball and hockey teams to Orange County paint a rosy picture of prosperity, projecting a great boost to the local economy generated by the teams and a new indoor sports arena. But many economists say sports franchises and indoor arenas do not necessarily result in an economic boon. "That seems to be a matter of debate that hasn't been resolved yet," said Pepperdine University economist Dean Baim.
March 14, 2012 |
Reporting from Phoenix — A new season beckons with an old question: Can Chad Billingsley be a more consistent winner for the Dodgers? The right-hander is coming off an 11-11 season with a 4.21 earned-run average, his third consecutive year of being on or near the .500 mark in wins and losses. Billingsley, 27, particularly struggled on the road last year, with a record of 5-7 and a 5.34 ERA. "Bills is obviously looking to — I won't say rebound — but be better than what he was last year," Dodgers pitching coach Rick Honeycutt said.
March 29, 2012
Finally, Frank McCourt made what appears to be his best decision ever on behalf of the Dodgers: He sold the team to a group that includes a local, business-savvy sports legend, an experienced baseball executive and the head of a deep-pocketed financial services company. Some of that lineup may be window-dressing, but at least the McCourt era is ending and a new one is beginning. What may determine the success of this era is how much the new owners are prepared to invest in the team, developing a roster of top-tier talent and making necessary renovations to the stadium.
March 28, 2012 |
The Times banner headline Wednesday morning shouted “It's Showt im e for Dodgers.” As staff writers Bill Shaikin and David Wharton wrote : “A group led by Lakers legend Magic Johnson emerged Tuesday night as the new owners of the Dodgers, ending months of uncertainty for the storied but troubled baseball franchise.” Letter writers to The Times quickly pitched their thoughts, some celebratory --...
April 19, 2012 |
With ownership of the Dodgers set to change hands on April 30, Commissioner Bud Selig said Thursday that Major League Baseball is working to learn more about the sale but is not trying to stop it. The U.S. Bankruptcy Court approved the sale last week, despite complaints from MLB attorney Thomas Lauria that the league had not gotten a fair opportunity to review the transaction. Attorneys from MLB and Guggenheim Baseball, the new ownership group led by financier Mark Walter and fronted by Magic Johnson and incoming team President Stan Kasten , have met with the court-appointed mediator this week in an effort to resolve the league's concerns.
February 20, 2013 |
It would be hard to overstate Jerry Buss' impact on the Lakers empire. The 30-year-plus owner of the NBA franchise, who died Monday at age 80, oversaw an era in which the team averaged a championship almost once every three years and injected some purple and gold into L.A.'s Dodger blue blood. Not surprisingly, The Times' print edition on Tuesday was filled with articles on Buss, both on the front page and in the Sports section. The coverage online has also been exhaustive. But for some readers, The Times' coverage was overkill.
January 23, 2004 |
When Sports Editor Bill Dwyre suggested I attend a panel discussion on sports at the downtown Omni Hotel on Thursday, I knew lunch wouldn't be free, or he would have assigned himself. I arrived, they asked for $26, directed me to the very back of the room and had me sit with my back to the stage, presumably so the panelists -- Tim Leiweke, Bob Graziano and Casey Wasserman -- wouldn't have to look at me when they began uttering their nonsense.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 8, 1991 |
City officials bristle at the mention of the Suncoast Dome in St. Petersburg, Fla. They don't care to hear how that city endured massive cost overruns and years of political turmoil only to lose its bid last month to attract a major league baseball franchise.
March 18, 1990 |
These are interesting times in one of the most successful, government-supported U.S. industries: professional sports. In pro football, the Los Angeles Raiders are moving back to Oakland, whence they came a decade ago, thanks to a local government guarantee of gate receipts to Raiders owner Al Davis and roughly $57 million in improvements to Oakland-Alameda County Stadium that will be financed by tax-exempt bonds.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 10, 1991 |
Droplets of sweat falling from his nose, Bob Towery stood on a flatbed truck 60 feet below the ground tossing iron reinforcement bars around like sheets of chicken wire. All around the 34-year-old Whittier ironworker, concrete piers seemed to be growing from the hot dirt floor like thick palm trunks. "It's going to be a pleasure to drive by this thing when we're done," Towery said Wednesday from his perch in the future basement of the Anaheim Arena. "This is a little different from the others.