August 8, 2010 |
Frank and Jamie McCourt agree on this much: For the sake of their four sons, they would prefer to settle their divorce, to avoid a trial in which father and mother would testify against each other. If Frank loses at trial, he could lose the Dodgers, and the chance to pass ownership of the team to his sons. If Jamie loses, she could be left without a penny from a team that generates hundreds of millions of dollars every year. The party who loses could launch an appeal process that could last several years, leaving the ownership and financial resources of the Dodgers uncertain as such key players as Andre Ethier, Matt Kemp and James Loney approach free agency.
July 14, 2010 |
To many team owners and sports executives outside of baseball, George Steinbrenner was more than the top man at the New York Yankees. He was the quintessential New York model. "He turned the Yankees into the New York Yankees Corporation," said Eddie DeBartolo, a close friend of Steinbrenner's and former owner of the San Francisco 49ers. "He put them in a place beyond anybody's reachability. It transcended baseball." Steinbrenner, who died Tuesday of a heart attack, headed a small group of investors who bought the struggling Yankees from CBS in 1973 for roughly $10 million.
May 25, 2010 |
The National Football League is not a single business shielded from U.S. antitrust laws, the Supreme Court ruled Monday, dealing a setback to sports leagues that seek to closely control the marketing of their teams and their spin-off merchandise. The 9-0 ruling leaves the owners of most pro sports teams subject to being sued if they agree among themselves to restrict competition between the teams over the sale of merchandise. The ruling reinstates an antitrust suit filed by a suburban Chicago maker of stocking caps that lost its right to use NFL logos on its caps.
April 6, 2010 |
Lakers owner Jerry Buss on Monday was elected to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame for the role he has played in helping to shape today's NBA. He will be inducted with the Class of 2010 on Aug. 13 in Springfield, Mass. Buss bought the Lakers in 1979 and has presided over nine NBA championships, including last season. The Lakers have been to 15 NBA Finals during his ownership. Entering this season, the Lakers had the NBA's highest overall regular-season winning percentage (66%)
March 27, 2010 |
A week has passed since Major League Soccer and its players reached accord on a new five-year collective bargaining agreement, ending months of sometimes acrimonious debate. With MLS labor peace seemingly assured for the next half a decade, are the players pleased with the deal they struck? "On the whole, I think we're very satisfied with what we achieved," midfielder Chris Klein, one of three Galaxy players involved in the negotiations, along with Landon Donovan and Todd Dunivant, said Saturday evening.
March 23, 2010 |
In a startling and controversial twist Tuesday, the NFL's one-possession overtime system met a sudden death. Just like that, it was gone — in the postseason, at least. Moving with uncommon speed and decisiveness, team owners voted 28-4 to approve a new system — one that for the moment only will be used in the playoffs — that increases the likelihood of both teams touching the ball. The vote was expected to take place Wednesday, but the league acted quickly to poll the owners once it was clear it had the required three-quarters majority to pass the measure, which was supported by Commissioner Roger Goodell.
February 19, 2010 |
Jamie McCourt wants nearly $1 million per month in temporary support from her estranged husband, an amount disclosed in a court filing in which her lawyers allege Frank McCourt has engaged in a "carefully calculated subterfuge designed to mislead the court" about his financial resources. The filing, unsealed Thursday in Los Angeles Superior Court, includes details of how Frank McCourt hopes to transform the Dodgers from a baseball team into the anchor of a sports business empire that could include cable television channels broadcast in English and Spanish; homes, shops and a football stadium within the Dodger Stadium parking lots; and the purchase of a soccer club in China and another in the English Premier League.
January 23, 2010 |
Frank McCourt had the breakfast crowd eating out of his hand. The Santa Monica Chamber of Commerce honored him Thursday for extending the Los Angeles Marathon to the Santa Monica Pier, and the Dodgers' owner stood up to say thank you. "It's been a very quiet off-season for me," McCourt said, as the room erupted in laughter. McCourt emerged from his self-imposed silence last week, granting his first interviews since his acrimonious divorce proceedings started three months ago, just as baseball's winter shopping season got underway.
January 17, 2010 |
Yeah, there's a curse. His name is Donald Sterling. You've believed it, I've believed it, but the idea of a single ominous factor fueling the 26 seasons of Clippers disaster grew even deeper roots Friday when a noted basketball witch doctor pointed his bony finger. Now, even Phil Jackson believes it. "I come from a generation that believed in karma," the Lakers coach said last week when asked about the Clippers' problems. "I do think there is karma in effect ultimately."