June 4, 2012 |
It was the night when a population that has spent 45 years begging and pleading for sports' most enduring trophy felt comfortable enough to loudly demand it. "We ... want ... the ... Cup," rang the chant at Staples Center, washing over nearly 20,000 black sweaters, rising into rafters stocked with the silver streamers that would soon engulf them. It was the night when a population that has spent 45 years on the fringes of the Los Angeles sports community stormed the landscape with glow sticks flashing, towels waving, a celebratory cry accompanying them to the threshold of a championship.
August 23, 1998 |
Irvine Mayor Christina Shea received a curious telephone call last fall. The caller told Shea he represented an NBA team interested in moving to the city, though he declined to identify himself or the team. That unsolicited call, sketchy as it was, resuscitated spirits in the offices of the Arrowhead Pond of Anaheim. Tony Guanci, a Newport Beach resident and a sports industry consultant, was the mystery caller.
February 2, 1994 |
It looks like an NHL arena. It actually looks nicer than most NHL arenas, big without being cavernous and modern without being stark. It sounds like an NHL arena. It rocks with the cheers of nearly 9,000 fans at each hockey game, more than attend some games in Hartford and Washington. Then why isn't Bradley Center home to an NHL team? Although Milwaukee seems to have everything a professional league could want, major league hockey has passed it by.
December 11, 1992 |
Some NHL teams have fierce nicknames, such as the San Jose Sharks. Others, such as the Minnesota North Stars, Montreal Canadiens and Toronto Maple Leafs, offer a more regional flair. Others just sound right: the St. Louis Blues, the Pittsburgh Penguins and the Boston Bruins. So what will Orange County's newest team be called? How about the "Anaheim Mighty Ducks?" Perhaps. Walt Disney Co.
September 29, 2004 |
Only a few thousand fans showed up to watch the Montreal Expos play baseball the other night, barely enough to cause a murmur, a death rattle, in Olympic Stadium. Pop fouls ricocheted off empty seats. Vendors at the snack bars -- the few that were open -- stood idly. Henry Cukoff, sitting above the visitors' dugout with almost an entire row to himself, tried to act as if he did not care. "To be frank, it's been over for years," the longtime Expo fan said. "I'm used to it."
June 8, 2001 |
On the day after NBA Commissioner David Stern dampened hope that the league would ever approve a third Southern California franchise at the Arrowhead Pond of Anaheim, city and arena officials declared they would not abandon their quest to attract an NBA team to Orange County. "We're never going to give up," Anaheim City Manager James Ruth said. "That just isn't going to happen. We think NBA basketball in Orange County would absolutely be a winner."
June 1, 1990 |
Fontana officials Thursday announced details of a developer's plan to build a $450-million stadium complex, including a 75,000-seat outdoor facility for football and baseball and a 26,000-seat indoor arena for basketball or other sports, on 250 acres of land northwest of the city. The proposal for the development along Interstate 15 in western San Bernardino County comes from the firm of Kagan Management Services Inc.
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October 10, 1999
Anaheim's precarious status as a sports center seems always poised on the verge of something really exciting or really disappointing. No modest dreams need apply. This is a period of flux in the sports scene for the professional baseball and hockey teams and the proposed Sportstown complex. The city government is committed for a lot of money there, and much more downtown for infrastructure improvements related to the Anaheim Convention Center expansion and the new Walt Disney Co. attraction.
May 27, 2004 |
If all goes according to the NFL's plan and Los Angeles has a franchise by the 2008 season, a Super Bowl might not be far behind. Up for grabs is the Super Bowl after the 2009 season, and L.A. could be a candidate to play host to that game, NFL Commissioner Paul Tagliabue said Wednesday. "That's one of the things we're going to discuss with our advisory committee this fall," Tagliabue said at the conclusion of the league's two-day meetings. "We had discussed that about 15 months ago.
May 18, 1997 |
Fittingly, confirmation that Rupert Murdoch's News Corp. is in talks to purchase the Los Angeles Dodgers came last week from both Los Angeles and Tokyo, where Murdoch was signing up partners for his Japanese satellite broadcasting service, JSkyB. It was fitting because the future of the Dodgers--as well as of most other baseball teams and franchises in other sports--will involve greater international presence.