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Posts Tagged ‘Arash Markazi’

Clippers Win Streak Sparks Momentous Locker Room Visit

The last time the Los Angeles Clippers won eleven straight NBA games, they were called the Buffalo Braves. So it’s no surprise that after Wednesday’s record-tying 11th victory over the New Orleans Hornets at Staples, some unusual activity took place in the locker room of the local NBA franchise not debilitated by a Steve Nash injury.

Per Arash Markazi‘s report on

Clippers owner Donald Sterling walked into the room with an entourage of about 10 friends who normally occupy the center courtside seats at home games. It was the first time Sterling has entered the Clippers’ locker room this season and the first time many of the new players on the team had even met him.

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Vin Scully Calls in to Surprise Bob Miller on ESPN 710

For years, Los Angeles Kings broadcaster Bob Miller was the odd man out when it came to championship rings compared to his peers in Chick Hearn (nine) and Vin Scully (six).

That’s why Scully made sure he publicly congratulated his close friend by calling into ESPN 710 on Tuesday and welcoming him to the championship ring club.

And if you wondered how Miller would have called the final seconds of Game 6, ESPN’s Arash Markazi has the audio:

Kobe Bryant Shares Some Golden Post-Game Quotes

Every once in a while, Lakers star Kobe Bryant likes to cut through the cliches and provide sports journalists with a delightfully different perspective. Last night at Staples Center was such an occasion.

Fresh off 40 points against the Golden State Warriors, the Black Mamba laughed off the panicked reaction that had ensued the night before in light of his 0-for-15 first three quarters against the New Orleans Hornets. He told’s Arash Markazi that “the amount of idiots that live out here after 16 years is baffling… I guess people just get dumber over the years.” Bryant also hinted at a possible reason he might finally consider joining Twitter:

Bryant laughed when he was told his poor performance Saturday was a trending topic worldwide on Twitter… “I guess on Twitter you don’t have to respond to idiots, do you?” Bryant said. “You can block them, right?”

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The ESPN Reporter Who Beat Cancer, Twice

Heading into the Christmas holiday, Voice of America reporter Tara Hadavi found the perfect subject for an uplifting journalist profile—31-year-old writer Arash Markazi.

The Iranian-American sports reporter (pictured) has beaten cancer on two separate occasions, coming out of his arduous recoveries with a positive outlook on life. In the article and accompanying video piece, Markazi explains how he came to know about his condition:

“I had done a story about a basketball player that had Hodgkin’s. I didn’t even know what it was. I had to do research. The parents were crying and I said, ‘this is exactly why I got into sports journalism so I wouldn’t have to cover stories like this.’ I didn’t want to talk about kids getting cancer or anything like that. And then lo and behold, like a year later I get the same kind of cancer.”

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NFL Keeps Promise, Shows Raiders-Texans Ending

Remember Week 2 of the NFL season when local football fans missed the ending of the Oakland Raiders-Buffalo Bills game for the start of the San Diego Chargers contest?

Well, the NFL stuck to their word and didn’t cut away from Sunday’s exciting ending between the Raiders and Houston Texans.

Just 24 hours following the death of owner Al Davis, the Raiders held on for a 25-20 road victory over Houston when Michael Huff intercepted Matt Schaub in the endzone.

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NFL to Review Their Secondary Market TV Policy

Good news for local football fans that were upset about missing the conclusion of the Oakland Raiders-Buffalo Bills game last Sunday.

The NFL will reexamine their secondary market television rules and are leaning towards showing the end of close games, according to Arash Markazi of

“A league source said Thursday if the Los Angeles market were airing a close game with the outcome still in the balance there was a “very good chance” the local affiliate wouldn’t leave the game until it was decided.

It is the first time the league has decided to tweak what had been a very non-negotiable rule regarding primary and secondary television markets for over 35 years. Los Angeles is the secondary market for the Chargers and league rules require “all secondary markets must carry in their entirety all road games of their local team.”

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Kings’ Move to Anaheim Could Screw Up Lakers’ $3 Billion TV Deal

For all those not so attuned to the world of professional basketball, one of the biggest stories floating around the NBA right now is that the billionaire Maloof brothers, owners of the Sacramento Kings, want to close up shop in Sacramento and take their team to Anaheim. The potential move has left plenty of people wondering why the Southland needs a third NBA franchise. Well, as ESPNLos Angeles’ Arash Markazi reports, it’s all about timing:

Last month the Lakers agreed to an unprecedented 20-year television agreement with Time Warner Cable to distribute Lakers games and original programming across two regional sports networks in HD that will include the nation’s first Spanish-language regional sports network. Although finances of the deal were not released, some reports at the time pegged the value of the pact at $3 billion, a figure Time Warner Cable and the Lakers have since refuted.

If a third NBA team moves into the market, however, the Lakers’ television deal will decrease by about just under 10 percent, sources said without giving a breakdown of the numbers affected.

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