In the 1930s, Fehr’s grandfather owned a clothing store on what is now the Third Street Promenade in Santa Monica, but was forced by the Great Depression to close up shop and move back to Indiana. Then there’s this reminder that the 64-year-old Fehr is someone who does not concern himself with how fans and media view an ongoing NHL lockout:
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The Los Angeles Kings and Fox Sports West have agreed to terms on a new $250 million deal that will keep the hottest team in hockey on the network through 2024.
The contract ranks among the most lucrative local cable deals for any NHL team…
“We’re not only business partners with the Kings. We’re fans of the Kings,” said Steve Simpson, senior vice president and general manager of Fox Sports West and Prime Ticket. “We’re excited to showcase their success on our network.” Read more
And then there were three.
The three finalists include a group led by hedge-fund billionaire Steven Cohen and Los Angeles billionaire and philanthropist Patrick Soon-Shiong; a group led by Magic Johnson and veteran baseball executive Stan Kasten; and St. Louis Rams owner Stan Kroenke.
The cut was confirmed by two people familiar with the sale process but not authorized to comment.
Major League Baseball owners are expected to vote on the three remaining bidders early next week. Final negotiations then would take place with Frank McCourt and Blackstone Advisory Partners, the investment bank brokering the sale.
Winners of the 2011 Associated Press Sports Editors (APSE) contest have been announced. And when it comes to daily newspapers with a circulation of 175,000 or more, the LA Times finds itself once again in good company.
The paper, for the second year in a row, was deemed to have one of the nation’s "Top 10" sports sections. Also named this year in that category were:
Dallas Morning News
Kansas City Star
Los Angeles Times
New York Times
Here’s a tip for all you Dodger ownership bid watchers. If you have not already, set up a Google News alert for “Bill Shaikin.” The LA Times baseball beat reporter remains the go-to source for breaking developments about the Frank McCourt sweepstakes.
Shaikin’s latest scoop, posted online last night, reveals that 31-year-old New York real estate entrepreneur Jared Kushner is among nine groups in the current running to buy the Dodgers. Kushner is the son-in-law of Donald Trump, as well as the owner of a Manhattan newspaper re-invented by former mediabistro.com editorial employee Elizabeth Spiers:
Kushner, who became owner and publisher of the New York Observer in 2006, has played a key role in expanding the family business beyond real estate. At 31, he would be the youngest owner in Major League Baseball.
Former Dodgers manager Joe Torre has left his MLB executive position to join a bid led by The Grove and Americana on Brand developer Rick Caruso, in what would be a tremendous bit of local-karma competition for Magic Johnson‘s planned bid. There’s also another key person involved. Per Bill Shaikin‘s LA Times blog item this morning:
Less than three weeks after Los Angeles Dodgers center fielder Matt Kemp finished runner-up in the National League MVP race, Milwaukee Brewers left fielder Ryan Braun reportedly tested positive for a performance-enhancing drug.
The Los Angeles Times polled 20 writers that selected Braun as MVP and Kemp would easily win if there was a revote:
Several writers who voted for Braun said they would cast their ballots for Kemp in a revote, but a majority of reporters contacted by The Times —15 of the 20 — were against voting again, and two were unsure. Read more
With Fox out of the picture, Dodger fans are one step closer to a dream scenario where Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban purchases the team.
“It all comes down to price,” Cuban told ESPNLosAngeles.com Wednesday morning via email. “It’s important to have more than enough money to pay players and invest in the organization.”
One can dream, right?
Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle was elected vice president of the BBWAA, which puts her one step away from becoming the first woman to head the organization.
Traditionally, the vice president serves one year before becoming president.
“In a court filing this week on behalf of Major League Baseball, Los Angeles sports media consultant Ed Desser said the Dodgers would be unlikely to succeed in launching a cable channel of their own, in part because they would not have “any other significant sports team” to join them. He noted that the Lakers are launching two channels of their own, the Pac-12 Conference is launching another for UCLA and USC, and the Kings and Clippers are bound to Fox.
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