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David Nusbaum

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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.

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.

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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.

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.

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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.

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.

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.

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.

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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.

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.

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.

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.

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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.

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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IndyCar on Track to Add Engine Makers to the Field

SPORTS BUSINESS: Chevrolet, Lotus to join Honda as approved manufacturers.

Honda Performance Development is gearing up for some competition from Lotus and Chevrolet.

Every Little Step of Every Little Gingersnap


Liane Weintraub has loved ballet since childhood.

Downtown L.A. Stepping Into Ring With New Team

SPORTS BUSINESS: Matadors part of a team approach taken by international league.

Downtown Los Angeles is home to a new team, and the sport is … boxing?

Chinese Shoemaker Jumps Through Hoops in U.S.

SPORTS BUSINESS: Peak Sports opens L.A. office, courts NBA player endorsements.

Chinese shoe and apparel manufacturer Peak Sports recently opened a U.S. office in Los Angeles and plans to start selling products stateside next year.

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Architect of NFL Field, Staples Draws New Plans

SPORTS BUSINESS: Dan Meis moves practice to nation’s largest sports design firm.

Prominent Los Angeles sports architect Dan Meis, one of two lead designers of Staples Center, has joined the largest sports architecture firm in the country and will build up its Los Angeles office.

Victories Thaw Hockey Team’s Fan Relationship

SPORTS BUSINESS: Kings’ social networking, website get lift from postseason run.

The Los Angeles Kings may have one of the lower profiles of a professional team in the city, but there is one marketing area where they aren’t lagging nearly as much: the new world of social media.

Long Beach Ticket Vendor In Grand Prix Driver’s Seat

SPORTS BUSINESS: Tix takes over IndyCar event from industry giant Ticketmaster.

Robert Edmison has been a ticketholder for the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach for years.

Downtown L.A. Festival In Ring With Big Sponsors

SPORTS BUSINESS: Event links with Mexican Independence Day to lure Latino audience.

Oscar de la Hoya’s Golden Boy Promotions has some punch with corporate marketers seeking to reach the Latino market.

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Fontana Track May Take Indy Cars Out for a Spin

SPORTS BUSINESS: Raceway looks to replace loss of Nascar event in 2011.

Could Indy cars once again be making pit stops at Auto Club Speedway?

Beach Volleyball Tour in Doubt

The struggling AVP beach volleyball tour abruptly canceled the remainder of its season and closed Friday on the eve of its premier event, citing “financial hardship.”

Rapper Throws Hat in Ring as Sports Manager

SPORTS BUSINESS: MC Hammer and partners look to sign MMA fighters.

Stan Burrell, better known as old school rapper MC Hammer, is making a comeback as a mixed-martial arts sports manager – and he’s leaving the baggy pants behind.

ESPN Takes a Leap With Summer X Games Deals

SPORTS BUSINESS: Channel boosts partner sponsors with flexible sales approach.

ESPN Summer X Games pulled off a new trick this year. By changing the way they sell sponsorships, organizers have brought the number of national sponsors to at least 15, up from 10 last year.

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Computer Maker Plugs Products to Dodgers Fans

SPORTS BUSINESS: Taiwan’s Micro Star is especially seeking Latino connection.

A leading Taiwanese computer manufacturer is making its first pitch to the U.S. market with a surprising sponsorship of the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Pasadena Firm Helps Clients Get Handle on Seats

SPORTS BUSINESS: TixTrack’s software maps out sales for venues and ticket vendors.

For event promoters, tracking millions of ticket sales can be quite a challenge. That’s where a Pasadena startup called TixTrack helps out.

L.A. Cable Channel Gets A Kick Out of World Cup

SPORTS BUSINESS: Fox Soccer expands coverage for South African competition.

The FIFA World Cup is being held 10,000 miles away in South Africa, but one of the biggest U.S. beneficiaries of the event is none other than the Fox Soccer Channel, a News Corp. subsidiary in West Los Angeles.

L.A. Insurance Brokers Get Into Sponsoring Rackets

SPORTS BUSINESS: Farmers supports men’s event, while Mercury backs women’s tournament.

Two local insurance companies have signed on as title sponsors of Southern California tennis tournaments.

Roll Opening Credits

Grocery debuts in ‘neighborhood’ of Hollywood

The opening of a Trader Joe’s is helping boost Hollywood’s reputation as a residential area.

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Bike Race Gears Up With Big Name, New Dates

SPORTS BUSINESS: Amgen Touradds Lance Armstrong and moves to May to avoid rain.

The Amgen Tour of California was set to roll through California beginning Sunday with Lance Armstrong, new sponsors and a high-definition television contract.

April Brings Some Spring to Home Sales

Median price, number of deals rise from first three months of 2010.

Home prices and sales volume surged in April compared with the first three months of the year.

NFL Owners Take a Pass For Now on L.A. Stadium

SPORTS BUSINESS: Developer of Industry venue says league is focused on union contract.

This much is official: There won’t be an NFL team playing in Los Angeles in 2010 – and so Ed Roski Jr.’s plans to build a City of Industry football stadium are on hold for at least a year.

Card Maker Stacks Deck With Lakers Superstar

SPORTS BUSINESS: Panini lines up Kobe Bryant and team for promotions.

Lakers star Kobe Bryant has signed on as spokesman for Panini America, and the Lakers made a sponsorship deal to promote the company’s Adrenalyn line.

Galaxy Hopes to Keep Shining Despite Injured Star

SPORTS BUSINESS: Attendance expected to fall as David Beckham recuperates.

L.A. Galaxy fans were star struck when David Beckham arrived four years ago, but these days celebrity sightings are more common than the British soccer star’s rare field appearances.