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BUSINESS
May 18, 1997 | JAMES FLANIGAN
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.
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SPORTS
November 6, 1997 | JIM MURRAY
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.
BUSINESS
October 1, 1989 | JAMES FLANIGAN
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.
NEWS
May 19, 1995 | STEVE EMMONS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
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.
BUSINESS
July 22, 1992 | JAMES FLANIGAN
It may not be surprising that two pillars of 1980s-style, high-rolling investment--major league sports teams and movie studios--are declining in value today. But it's fascinating that experts in both sports and entertainment see fresh promise for their businesses in pay-per-view television.
SPORTS
February 3, 1996 | KIM MURPHY and DOUG CONNER, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
The late afternoon ferry from downtown Seattle pulled out of the dock near the Kingdome, and an announcement came over the loudspeaker. "I've got some good news and some bad news. The bad news is that the Seahawks are probably leaving town." The normally raucous commuter crowd fell silent. "The good news," the announcement went on, "is that Ken Behring is leaving town." Applause broke out all over the boat.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 13, 1998 | ALAN ABRAHAMSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Edward P. Roski Jr., who is bidding to land a National Football League expansion for a refurbished Los Angeles Coliseum, owns a casino in Las Vegas--an apparent conflict under league rules. Roski operates the Silverton Hotel Casino and RV Park, which he opened about 18 months ago when the previous casino went bust. Roski--who owns the property--had been leasing the site to operators of the Boomtown casino.
SPORTS
May 25, 1992 | STEVEN HERBERT, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Raj Bhathal is living the American dream in more ways than one. As owner of a pro football team, the Newport Beach resident finds himself in one of the most select and sought-after clubs in the nation. Bhathal's team is the World League's Orlando Thunder. "It's really exciting," Bhathal said. "I've been in business for 26 years and have been very successful and this new venture is great." But Bhathal is no wealthy neophyte meddling in the team's day-to-day operations.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 27, 1992 | KEVIN JOHNSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
No longer confident of attracting a professional basketball or hockey team, city officials have instructed developers of a proposed $85-million sports arena to look at other options, including plans that would call for a significantly smaller facility. Mayor Daniel H. Young said Tuesday that the city has had recent discussions with the Orange County Arena Partnership and both have talked of possibly scaling down the planned 20,000-seat arena to accommodate other events.
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