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Posts Tagged ‘Oscar de la Hoya’

Media Mogul Monopolizes MLS Final

FishbowlLA is still in awe of last night’s LA Galaxy 2011 championship win over the Houston Dynamo and picture-perfect winning play from David Beckham to Robbie Keane to Landon Donovan. Even more impressive is the way team owner Philip Anschutz (pictured) was able to pull off the equivalent of passing to himself to score.

Has there ever been a situation like this in a modern era U.S. professional team sports final? Since Anschutz owns 100% of the Galaxy and 50% of the Dynamo, he was guaranteed a spot on the winner’s stage, no matter what. To accept a trophy… that bears his name. As Forbes “SportsMoney” blogger Adrian Melville reminds, Anschutz’s MLS monopoly runs deeper:

The Beckham brand, carefully managed by AEG, single-handedly sold 600,000 jerseys in his first [MLS] year, drastically increased season ticket sales at home, and played on the road in front of crowds that in some cases were four times the host team’s average. And the so-called ‘Beckham effect’ will continue even if last night was his last game in MLS.

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Stephen Espinoza Named Executive Vice President of Showtime Sports

Stephen Espinoza has just been named Showtime’s new executive vice president of sports and event programming. He was previously a partner in the firm Ziffren Brittenham LLP, where he represented a roster of fighters and sports figures like Mike Tyson, Michael Strahan and Gina Carano. He was also the lead counsel for Oscar De La Hoya‘s Golden Boy Promotions.

His new responsibilities at Showtime will heavily involve putting together live boxing and mixed martial arts events. With his former roster of clients, sounds like that shouldn’t be too tough.

Espinoza currently resides in LA, but will work out of Showtime’s New York office, where he will report to Chairman and CEO Matthew C. Blank.

Press release after the jump:

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Oscar De La Hoya Shakes Up The Ring Magazine

There is uncertainty in boxing circles about what some recent editorial changes mean for the future of The Ring magazine. Parent company Golden Boy Promotions, headed by SoCal sports hero Oscar De La Hoya, has reportedly fired editor-in-chief Nigel Collins and managing editor Joseph Santoliquito, and announced that the publication’s Blue Bell, Pennsylvania operations are being folded into the LA headquarters of Golden Boy and RingTV.

Unusually, news of these changes was first revealed last week by a couple of the magazine’s staffers, Eric Raskin and William Dettloff, on their podcast “Ring Theory. In response, “Queensbury Rules” blogger Tim Starks shared these thoughts:

I’m withholding final judgment on all of this, and what it means for the magazine, until I know more. All I know is that, based on what I’ve heard so far, I’m worried. Very, very worried.

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