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.
January 6, 2001 |
When the throttle stuck approaching a big jump and Jeff Emig and his motorcycle were launched about 45 feet into the air, he had one thought as he separated from his bike and felt the long drop ahead of him: "This can't be happening." Emig's motocross-supercross racing career ended May 4 when he crushed a vertebra and broke his leg in two places on a Glen Helen practice track. Now, he is fully consumed in the second stage of his storied, but not always storybook, career.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 23, 1987
Are we being taken advantage of by football team owners? After reading the editorial, it is very clear that the taxpayers' money is practically being taken from under our noses. While hundreds of millions of dollars are being spent in keeping professional sports franchises where they are, it is people like Al Davis, owner of the Raiders, who do not care one way or the other about packing up and moving. We also have to deal with cities such as Irwindale, that offer financing, trying to lure, entice and even hijack our teams away from us. Unless American cities counteract this sports terrorism by either refusing to pay ransom to any team or letting the wealthy team owners build their own stadiums, it is not the sports fan that will win, but the club owners who will have the last laugh at the taxpayers' expense.
May 25, 1992 |
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.
September 18, 1992 |
Manager Lou Piniella of the Cincinnati Reds wrestled with relief pitcher Rob Dibble in the clubhouse at Riverfront Stadium Thursday night after a 3-2 victory over the Atlanta Braves that only slowed the Braves' NL West title drive. The Reds trail the Braves by 9 1/2 games in the National League West and Atlanta's magic number for clinching is eight. About a half-hour after Steve Foster got his first major-league save, Dibble plunged the Reds into another controversy.
May 29, 1994 |
The war of nerves going on between Southern California and its National Football League teams has all the spectacle and outrage of millionaires looking for welfare. Al Davis, managing partner of the Los Angeles Raiders, threatened again last week to move the team out of town unless the city handed him hugely profitable luxury boxes at the Coliseum plus other concessions, including free rent.
September 4, 1991 |
A federal appeals court in Richmond, Va., told NFL team owners Tuesday to pay the players more than $18 million in delinquent pension funds but refused to order improved benefits for retired players. The three-judge panel also reversed lower-court findings that some pension plan trustees representing the owners breached their duties and that the court could order improvements in pension benefits. Gene Upshaw, president of the NFL Players Assn.
August 28, 1988
The Seattle Seahawks have been sold to a Northern California real estate developer for about $80 million, pending approval by the National Football League and the team's owners, the Seattle Times reported in Sunday's editions. Quoting an unnamed source close to the Nordstrom family--the team's owners--the newspaper said that Kenneth Behring of Danville, Calif., tendered a second offer for the team on Saturday, which was accepted by John Nordstrom, managing partner.
May 23, 1999 |
Entertainment mogul Michael Ovitz has produced a razzle-dazzle design for revamping the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum and placing much of Exposition Park atop three- to five-story parking garages. The National Football League is expected to endorse the plan this week in Atlanta, although Ovitz and his rival for an expansion franchise, Eli Broad, won't make formal presentations to the league until Monday night--an indication that Broad and his partners are struggling to win a team.