Los Angeles Business Journal

Tom Gores Wants to Own MLS Team

Billionaire Platinum Equity founder Tom Gores is looking to expand his sports holdings in Detroit.

USC Hires Lynn Swann as Athletic Director

Former USC football star Lynn Swann was named as the school’s next athletic director on Wednesday.

Track Hopes New Pit Stop Worth a Spin

Speedway in Fontana believes $2,500 tickets won’t drive off VIPs.

Auto Club Speedway gears up to land VIPs with its pricey, trackside lounge.

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Show-biz exec Peter Guber has scored ownership deals across range of sports.

Sports fan Peter Guber has teamed up with a lot of leagues in his pursuit of ownership deals.

Street Race Comes With Built-In Buzz

FIA Formula E event to run electric cars around Long Beach.

New Long Beach race looks to electrify fans with battery-powered cars.

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Still in Play

Former Dodgers owner talks plans for stadium parking lots, other local ventures

Former Los Angeles Dodgers owner Frank McCourt talks about running the L.A. Marathon (as the boss) and fielding more projects here.

Palos Verdes Links to Host PGA Grand Slam

The PGA of America will be bringing golf’s major champions to Los Angeles this year.

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Staples Center Runs Up Score With Suites, Seats

SPORTS: Venue plays up incentives to hit $100 million in VIP sales for first time.

Staples Center scores record $100 million in sales for the venue’s suites and premier seating.

Website Bids To Track Auctions

PriceRealized looks to keep stats on sports items for collectors.

PriceRealized.com aims to let bidders know the score on the value and history of sports memorabilia.

LABJ 100 Fastest Growing Companies

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Turning to Hockey for Cool Factor

Lenny & Larry’s hits ice with Kings to boost sales of healthy treats.

Protein-packed baked goods maker Lenny & Larry’s hopes to break the ice with hockey fans as a Kings sponsor.

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Dodgers Owner Heads to Minors

SPORTS: Farm team could field innovations for L.A. squad.

Dodgers co-owner Peter Guber hopes to field new ideas at newly acquired Oklahoma minor league team.

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Inglewood Gets Down to Business

DEVELOPMENT: Retooled city policies help pull in projects.

Inglewood’s blooming attraction of businesses can be traced to a bedrock shift in how the city operates.

Playing Ball With Rich Customers

Travel agency relies on sporting events to score business.

HOSPITALITY: Travel agency Beck & Score kicks off its high-end business with pricey packages for the World Cup in Brazil.

Rams Confirm Inglewood Purchase

The St. Louis Rams confirmed Friday that team owner Stan Kroenke bought a 60-acre vacant lot from Wal-Mart Stores Inc. in Inglewood, as the Business Journal reported on Thursday.

L.A.'s NFL Hopes Turn To Inglewood

Wal-Mart Stores Inc. this month sold a vacant 60-acre parcel in Inglewood, renewing speculation that the site could become a National Football League stadium.

Hockey Team Plays It Cool

Los Angeles Kings ink deal with tattoo-graffiti artist to spice up merchandise.

Sports: Los Angeles Kings turn to tattoo-graffiti artist Mr. Cartoon to boost the puckish appeal of the team’s merchandise.

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Online Drive

Dodgers seek big score from Wi-Fi

Sports: Dodgers to add Wi-Fi and other stadium upgrades as the team looks to run up its sponsorship and revenue opportunities.

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Horse Park Plans for Long Run

SPORTS: Santa Anita seeks stable relationship with Breeders’ Cup.

Santa Anita hopes to be permanently saddled with hosting the Breeders’ Cup.

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Medal Event Shows Mettle

SPORTS: Special Olympics to be biggest event in 31 years.

The Special Olympics is coming to Los Angeles in 2015. And believe it or not, it will be the biggest sporting event here since 1984.

Catching Drift at Grand Prix

Long Beach race looks to gain traction with new fans on the slide.

Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach broadens its racing focus by adding a drifting competition.

Golf Tourney Swings for Koreans

SPORTS: Northern Trust Open hopes to fit fan group to a tee.

Pro golf’s Northern Trust Open aims for more green by drawing Korean fans to the event.

Market Hopes Wine Customers Won’t Pass ‘Buck’

RETAIL: Trader Joe’s hikes Charles Shaw line from $1.99 to $2.49.

Trader Joe’s hopes customers are willing to swallow its Two-Buck Chuck wine’s new $2.49 price.

Two-Buck Chuck Price Goes Up

Don’t call it “Two-Buck Chuck” anymore. The Charles Shaw wine sold at Trader Joe’s is going up in price to $2.49 at stores throughout California starting today.

Net Loss?

Sports: Tennis tourney needs money – or may pack its rackets.

SPORTS: Organizers of money-losing tennis tournament at UCLA look to score a title sponsor or a buyer.

Double Play

Dodgers look to score multibillion TV-rights deal and sponsorships to pay for improvements to team, stadium.

Dodgers President Stan Kasten goes to bat for the new ownership’s business plans for the team.

Santa Anita Gets Breeders’ Cup Nod

Santa Anita Park will host the 2013 Breeders’ Cup World Championships, a series of races with stakes totaling more than $25 million, track owner Stronach Group announced Thursday.

Golf Business Takes Swing at Tennis

TGA sees net gain in expanding P.E. camps for kids.

Operator of golfing academies for kids hopes to make racket with after-school tennis camps.

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Wife Takes Lead in Race With Iron Man


This month’s L.A. Marathon was Roi Shleifer’s fifth 26.2-mile race, but in another way it was a first for him and his wife: They finished the marathon together.

Getting Foot in The Door

Chinese shoemaker sees L.A. shops as first steps to U.S. growth.

Chinese shoemaker Peak is using L.A.-area shops to get a foothold in the U.S. market.

The Vision Thing


When Stan Yoshihara left his job at commercial real estate giant CBRE Group Inc. to start his own property management firm, he wanted to create a smaller company that gave him some flexibility and creativity.

Jumping Through Hoops

Staples Center scores full calendar with NBA’s condensed schedule.

NBA’s condensed schedule will have Staples Center double- and even triple-teaming events.

Cycling Keeps Him Sane


While some Angelenos may have spent Sunday morning nursing a hangover, attorney Zia Modabber was up early orchestrating a charity bike ride for hundreds of cyclists.

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Luc Robitaille: Sticking to It

Former hockey star now heats up things for the L.A. Kings off the ice as president of the NHL franchise’s business operations.

Former high-scoring L.A. King Luc Robitaille has made boosting the hockey franchise’s business his new goal.

Jumping Through Hoops

Son of Dr. J joins film director to put bounce back in ABA league.

Movie director teams with Dr. J’s son to take a shot at reviving basketball’s ABA league.

Taking Good Care of the Doctor


Louis Perry has provided security to such high-profile people as former Vice President Al Gore and boxing star Manny Pacquiao, but nothing quite compares to his current assignment.

Drink Maker Takes a Can-Do Attitude to Magazine

Red Bull turns to print to pump up the company’s brand.

Energy drink maker Red Bull is pouring its efforts into a new magazine to promote the brand.

Hoping to Make A Splash

Speedo plunges into poolside machines to distribute products.

Swimsuit maker Speedo has dived into offering its products in poolside vending machines.

Sandwich Chain Likes to Get Things Cooking in L.A.

Subway looks to region to test items such as its breakfast menu.

Subway sandwich chain looks to L.A. as a lab to launch menu items.

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Hiking Image

As insurers scrimmage on TV, Farmers takes to field

Farmers has turned to sports sponsorships to compete with rivals in an increasingly crowded ad field.

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Roski to Tackle Stadium Right Now – in Las Vegas

Developer’s firm may build UNLV venue for basketball and football.

Ed Roski Jr. is moving forward on a Las Vegas venue as he awaits word on his NFL stadium plan here.

Joining The Club

Mossimo links to the golf game with a colorful line of gloves.

Clothing designer Mossimo Giannulli has his hand in the golfing game with a new line of gloves.

ESPN Puts New Accent on Studio In Downtown L.A.

Spanish-language program at L.A. Live could lead to more local shows.

ESPN’s downtown L.A. studio scores more work with a new Spanish-language program.

Equity Fund Has a Ball With Hoops

Shamrock sees stake in Globetrotters as a slam-dunk investment.

Burbank investment firm was willing to jump through hoops to take over the Harlem Globetrotters.

Graphics Company Sees Added Dimension in 3-D

SPORTS BUSINESS: Hollywood’s Rezn8 extends partnership with mixed martial arts league.

The next big thing in sports is 3-D TV, and leading television graphics firm Rezn8 is getting in on the action.

Open-Wheel League Driven To Make Media Inroads

IndyCar’s new Santa Monica office, exec to pursue TV deals.

Izod IndyCar Series hopes a new Santa Monica office will fuel a drive into TV programming.

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A Net Gain?

Rival groups hope to revive Manhattan Beach Open volleyball competition after bankruptcy of pro tour.

Competing groups hope to draw lines in the sand by reviving pro volleyball’s Manhattan Beach Open.

Dennis Gilbert: Switch Hitter

INTERVIEW: Dennis Gilbert owns an insurance firm. But the former sports agent is a baseball fanatic and he’d buy a team in the right conditions.

Former sports agent Dennis Gilbert scored big after switching to the insurance industry. Now, he’s interested in buying a baseball team.

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It’s Game Over for Los Angeles’ Old Sports Arena

SPORTS BUSINESS: Master plan for Exposition Park limits options for new use.

Annual losses approaching $1 million are what’s behind the plan to tear down the aging Sports Arena and possibly replace it with a Major League Soccer stadium or some other venue.

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Eight Over 80 - Stan Lee

Special Report: EIGHT OVER 80

Stan Lee says he’s having too much fun to retire. There aren’t enough hours in the day to do everything he wants to do, and now that he’s 87, he works more now than he did in his 40s and 50s. And he enjoys it more.


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