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.
Trump plays scolder-in-chief with NATO allies At the opening of NATO’s dramatic new headquarters in Brussels today, President Trump acknowledged that Article 5 — promising that “an attack on one nation is an attack on all” -- has only been invoked one time: in the aftermath of September 11. But the President failed to provide what 27 other Alliance members have been waiting for: a re-commitment by America’s new leader to Article 5. Instead, they got a scolding.
The Trump agenda: where's the beef? President Trump says big things are happening. After celebrating a House bill on health care, he doesn’t yet have Senate agreement. With James Comey’s public testimony scheduled tomorrow, the President today tweeted his selection of a new FBI Director. Is the Chief Executive all style and no substance? Later, terror attacks in Iran and conflicting claims about who’s behind them.