FROM David Carter
Dodger Blues First pitch for the Los Angeles Dodgers at Chavez Ravine is Saturday evening, when they’ll play the Angels in a spring training matchup. They’ll start the season on Monday for the official home opener against the Padres. But most fans who want to see the game on TV will again be out of luck because of continuing drama beyond the stadium.
Is Professional Football On-again or Off-again for Downtown LA? Anschutz Entertainment Group, the big multi-national sports and entertainment company that built Staples Center and LA Live, has plans for a new stadium to bring professional football to downtown LA. Those plans were thrown into doubt last year when Denver billionaire Phil Anschutz said AEG was up for sale. But AEG's Chief Executive, Tim Leiweke, insisted they were still on track. Today, Anschutz announced that the company is not for sale after all, and that Leiweke is out of a job -- officially by "mutual consent."
Los Angeles and the NFL: The Saga Continues The decision to sell the Anchutz Entertainment Group may have seemed sudden last week for a good reason. It had only been made a few weeks before. That's what AEG President and CEO Tim Leiweke told the City Council's Ad Hoc Stadium Committee today. He said owner Phil Anshutz, the Denver billionaire, started thinking about it after the Kings won the Stanley Cup.
Can Professional Basketball Get Back on Its Game? The National Hockey League lost a full season before owners and players could reach a deal seven years ago. Now the National Basketball Association's pre-season never happened and the regular season's been cancelled through mid-November . If players and owners agree before then, it'll still take another month to get the regular season going.
Will Bud Selig Tag Dodgers Owner Frank McCourt Out? After Major League Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig announced that he was taking control of the team , local businessman and former mayoral candidate Steve Soboroff called it "irresponsible." Soboroff was hired as Dodgers' vice chairman Tuesday, one day before Selig's announcement was made public. David Carter is principal of the Sports Business Group, executive director of the USC Sports Business Institute and author of Money Games . KCRW music librarian and music host Eric J. Lawrence, who shares a season ticket, was at today's Dodgers game with the Atlanta Braves.
In Janesville, WI, Middle America meets the new American dream Janesville, Wisconsin is the hometown of Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan. But he couldn't prevent the closing of the General Motors factory after 100 years. We hear what's happened to what once was a model of American middle-class unity.
Mixed Messages from US diplomats on the new hard line on Syria Since President Trump's surprise retaliation against Syria's use of chemical weapons, Bashar al-Assad has used the same airport to launch conventional attacks on his own people. It's not clear what the US, its allies — or Vladimir Putin's Russia -- plan to do now.
After Syria strike a new Trump doctrine emerges The President who promised an end to entanglements in the Middle East and snuggled up to Vladimir Putin has now outraged Russia with surprise missile attacks on Syria. That's raised questions about who's running the White House? We hear a variety of answers.
Truth and Lies in Trumpland Donald Trump is using mis-information like no President has before him. It's an unprecedented challenge to the news media, and a potential threat to democracy. We hear how the "leader of all the people" is dividing Americans and confusing the rest of the world.