Los Angeles Business Journal

Soccer Channel's Goal Is Net Gain in Viewership

Soccer fans who want to watch the biggest European tournament of the year will be tuning in to Fox Soccer Channel this week.

Speedo Says It Won't Get Soaked by Swimsuit Ban

A ruling by the group that controls international swimming competition will force Speedo USA to change plans for some technical innovations, but it won't stop the L.A. company's Aqualab from building faster swimsuits.

Pasadena Stadium's Profile Blossoms With Busy Year

The Rose Bowl in Pasadena is in the midst of its biggest year for special events since 1994, when the World Cup came to the United States.

Dodgers Package Lands Big Hitter From Boston

The Los Angeles Dodgers have signed a four-year sponsorship deal with financial services firm John Hancock Financial Services Inc.

Tall Order for Local Sign Maker

Local sign maker jumped through hoops to get Staples Center dressed for

Swimsuit Maker Smells Something Fishy at Pool

Michael Phelps' success at last year's Beijing Olympics came with the help of better swimsuit technology.

'Positive' Bounce

Coaching icon John Wooden believes optimism is key to coping with today's economy.

Insurance Giant Signs L.A. Sports Sponsorship Deal

Farmers Insurance Group has signed a multi-year agreement to put its corporate logo on the jerseys of the Los Angeles Sparks women's professional basketball team.

L.A.'s Super Bowl Dream Delayed Another Year

Ed Roski Jr.'s dream of bringing the Super Bowl to Los Angeles will have to wait until at least 2014. The NFL announced last week that New Orleans will host the 2013 championship game at the Louisiana Superdome.

Tech Company Pursues Card-Carrying NBA Fans

An El Segundo technology company has signed a licensing deal that allows it to sell NBA-branded jerseys for $1 each. Trick is they're virtual jerseys for online avatars.

TV Contract Accents Spanish-Speaking Viewership

Chivas USA has signed a deal with local TV station KAZA-54 to broadcast eight games in Spanish during the current season, filling in a potentially large coverage gap for the soccer club.

USC Students Score With Angels Campaign Pitch

Three USC water polo players hit a home run with a marketing campaign developed to promote Fox Sports West telecasts of Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim baseball.

Dodgers Not Such a Big Hit With Some Sponsors

The Dodgers signed a sponsorship deal with Kaiser Permanente Southern California. But the team lost its deals with Centinela Freeman Hospital Medical Center and California Pizza Kitchen.

Dodgers Spring Facility Not a Hit With Sponsors

When the Los Angeles Dodgers signed an unusual deal in 2007 with the city of Glendale, Ariz., for a gleaming new spring training facility the club expected a windfall.

Architect of Sports Arenas Has New Working Venue

Ron Turner, architect of major stadium venues including Staples Center, has moved his practice to the Santa Monica office of architecture giant Gensler.

Revving Up Education

A Raytheon-hosted event brings in a Nascar driver and TV show host to push science and math education.

Beckham Exit Would Put Sponsors on Wrong Foot

If soccer star David Beckham leaves the Los Angeles Galaxy for AC Milan prior to the end of his five-year contract, one big loser could be another Los Angeles company: Herbalife Ltd.

California Bicycle Race Switches Into High Gear

The recession has hit the sports world hard. Even the Super Bowl saw reduced demand for tickets. And cycling has been no exception, with one of the leading American races in Georgia canceled this year.

Green Buzz

HOK drove staff to undergo Leed certification with a Prius

Companies Get New Venue for Downtown Parties

Downtown businesses now have a new, sports-oriented meeting space that will allow them to take clients and staff to view major local events on huge screens while enjoying a lunch or snacks.

Hollywood Park's Closure Means Stable Business

This horse-racing season at Santa Anita Park will last 84 days, but it may get longer next fall with the closure of the track at Hollywood Park, which is scheduled for Aug. 1. As a result, other facilities will expand their seasons because track owners an

L.A. Hockey Team Hopes to Thaw Fan Relations

The Los Angeles Kings are hoping for some new hockey fans.

Shot Taker

Tim Garrett's firm helps young hoopsters export their game to Europe.

Golden Boy Punching Up Pay-Per-View Revenue

The economy is delivering a killer right hook: For the first time ever, a promoter of a marquee boxing match is offering national rebates on its pay-per-view rates.

Pacesetter: City National Bank

Beverly Hills-based City National Bank remained the largest bank headquartered in L.A. County, according to the Business Journal's annual list.

Necklace Maker Collars Pro Baseball Endorsement

The piece of jewelry that pro baseball players most desire is a World Series ring. However, Torrance-based Phiten USA, the U.S. subsidiary of Japanese Phiten Co., makes a necklace that has become a trendy fashion accessory for athletes and fans alike. Phi

Pacesetter: Creative Artists Agency

Creative Artists Agency remained the largest talent agency in Los Angeles County with 270 agents in its local office, up 15 from a year ago, according to the Business Journal's yearly list.

Pacesetter: Platinum Equity

Beverly Hills-based Platinum Equity tops the Business Journal's list of the largest privately held companies headquartered in L.A. County for the fourth consecutive year.

Breeders' Cup Runneth Over With Corporate Boxes

When the Breeders' Cup arrives at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia on Oct. 24-25, it will bring the largest prize purse for any sporting event in the world: $25.5 million awarded over two days of racing.

Pacesetter: Gensler

The Southern California office of architectural giant Gensler tops the Business Journal's list of the largest interior design firms in Los Angeles County.

Skin Game

Pro beach volleyball player Suzanne Stonebarger hopes to enjoy net gains with her skin care line.

Stadium Proposal Looks to Show Off in Public

It's the beginning of the game, and Ed Roski Jr. is hoping to catch the kickoff now that the environmental impact report for his proposed City of Industry stadium has been released for public review.

PaceSetter: Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce

The Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce saw its budget grow to $8.2 million for the 2008 fiscal year, up from $6.2 million in 2007. It remains the largest chamber ranked by budget in Los Angeles County, according to the Business Journal's annual list.

Pacesetter: Deloitte & Touche

The employee benefits division of accounting giant Deloitte & Touche USA LLP tops the list of employee benefits consultants with 224 employees in L.A. County, according to the Business Journal's annual list

Pacesetter: Delta Dental of California

San Francisco-based Delta Dental of California remains the largest dental insurer in Los Angeles County with 4.2 million subscribers, according to the Business Journal's annual list

USC Fills Up Coffers With Expanded Coliseum

The 1,607 new seats at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum add up to an increase of about $530,000 per season for the University of Southern California athletic department.

PaceSetter: Gold Line

The six-mile extension of the Gold Line from Union Station to East Los Angeles is the largest construction project under construction in Los Angeles County.

L.A. Games Organizer Helped Hatch Beijing Edition

David Simon, now president of the Los Angeles Sports Council, saw Michael Phelps win his eighth gold at the Water Cube in Beijing. It was the culmination of the journey that brought him to China 24 years ago.

Pacesetter: Largest Private Employers

Oakland-based Kaiser Permanente, the non-profit health provider, remains atop the Business Journal's list of the largest private-sector employers in L.A. County with 36,500 employees locally. That's up 3,716 employees, or 10 percent, from a year ago.

Pacesetter: Panda Restaurant Group

Panda Restaurant Group tops this year's LABJ list of the largest L.A. County businesses owned by women.

UCLA, USC Athletics Team Up for Cable Show

FSN Prime Ticket is jettisoning its "Bruin Mondays" and "Trojan Tuesdays" shows, and combining them in a new format that will go up against "Monday Night Football."

Pacesetter: Galpin Ford

Galpin Ford takes over the top spot this year on the LABJ's list of the largest auto dealerships in Los Angeles County

SoCal Racetrack to Saddle Up for Breeders' Cup

The largest prize purse in the sports world will be awarded at Santa Anita racetrack in Arcadia when the Breeders' Cup World Championships comes to town in October.

Triathletes Power Up Hybrid Vehicle Promotion

Torrance-based Toyota Motor Sales U.S.A. Inc. has signed on as a sponsor for a triathlon series to promote its hybrids.

In the Swim?

City of Commerce-based Speedo has been making waves in competitive swimming with its record-busting LZR Racer suit.

New Channel Clicking With Time Warner Cable

Sports fans in Los Angeles have a new cable channel to watch. Universal Sports debuted last week in Los Angeles on Time Warner Cable Channel 226.

Galaxy Shines Thanks to Its Star

One year later, AEG is reaping the rewards of bringing British soccer star David Beckham to the L.A. Galaxy.

L.A., Paris Companies Gear Up for Bicycle Races

Anschutz Entertainment Group, owner of the Amgen Tour of California cycling competition, is going on a tandem ride.

Coliseum Has Bright Idea for New Video Display

University of Southern California football players will look bigger and brighter this season, at least to those fans looking up at a new LED video board installed at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum.

Sports Producer Career Fits Baseball Fan Like Glove

Featured Newsmaker: Brad Zager

Page of .