December 1, 2012 |
The new owners of the Dodgers are expected to get $6-billion-plus for the TV rights to their team's games. That may be a big win for the home team, but consumers won't be doing high-fives once they see their pay-TV bills. The average household already spends about $90 a month for cable or satellite TV, and nearly half of that amount pays for the sports channels packaged into most services. Massive deals for marquee sports franchises like the Dodgers and Lakers are driving those costs even higher.
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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.
November 6, 1997 |
I always regarded Reader's Digest as a handbook for hypochondriacs ("I Was Joe's Pancreas," "Six Diets That Can Save Your Life") or a house organ for the terminally Pollyannaish (Book Condensation: "Happiness Is Good For You") and not very interested in the clangor of the real marketplace. But here comes this venerable old dowager of a publication sticking its quill pen into my racket, the wonderful world of sports.
October 1, 1989 |
October once again, the maddest month in sports with baseball's league playoffs, the World Series and the National Football League combining to provide a harvest of televised attractions. But who's watching? Fact is, the ratings are down for football, according to Nielsen Media Research, whether for the games played on CBS and NBC on Sunday or for Monday Night Football on ABC.
May 19, 1995 |
The Walt Disney Co. took another major step into professional sports Thursday, announcing that it has agreed to buy a 25% interest in the California Angels baseball team, with an option to buy the rest later. The deal will eventually give Disney controlling interest in the two major sports franchises in Orange County. Gene and Jackie Autry have said that majority interest in the team will not be sold until after the death of Gene Autry, 87.