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LOS ANGELES--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Jan 8, 2019--The Los Angeles Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce today announced that it has formed a partnership with AEG, the world’s leading sports and live entertainment company, to develop a capacity-building program designed to promote the economic growth and development of LGBTQ-owned businesses in Los Angeles.,“Many organizations work hard to develop strategic plans that can only be realized through internal capacity building,” said Scott Bosarge, SVP of Business Services at AEG.,About AEG

Headquartered in Los Angeles, California, AEG is the world’s leading sports and live entertainment company.,With offices on five continents, the company operates in the following business segments: AEG Facilities, which is affiliated with or owns, manages or consults with more than 150 preeminent arenas, stadiums, theaters, clubs and convention centers around the world including STAPLES Center, The O2 Arena, the Sprint Center and the Mercedes-Benz Arenas; AEG Presents, which is dedicated to all aspects of live contemporary music performances, including producing and promoting global and regional concert tours, music and special events and world-renowned festivals; AEG Real Estate, which develops world-class venues, as well as major sports and entertainment districts like STAPLES Center and L.A. LIVE; AEG Sports, which is the world’s largest operator of sports franchises and high-profile sporting events; and AEG Global Partnerships, which oversees worldwide sales and servicing of sponsorships including naming rights, premium seating and other strategic partnerships.,View source version on CONTACT: Allegra Batista read more

The Padres’ $1.26 billion worth may be No. 17 in baseball and only No. 69 in pro sports, but that’s up $145 million in a year or 13 percent — the biggest percentage jump in Southern California.,Despite one of the league’s top win-loss records in the past decade, the team’s value was unchanged in the past year at $460 million, a middling No. 18 in the league and a low No. 110 out of 123 pro teams.,Take the average league-wide team values: football is No. 1 at $2.5 billion, followed by the National Basketball Association at $1.65 billion; Major League Baseball at $1.64 billion and the National Hockey League at $620 million.,Expenses such baseball’s long season and the lower stadium costs of indoor sports juggle the rankings by “profit margin” — operation income vs. sales: football’s still No. 1, averaging 23 percent, then there’s basketball at 21 percent and hockey at 16 percent before baseball’s 9 percent.,The Padres’ $1.26 billion worth may be No. 17 in baseball and only No. 69 in pro sports, but that’s up $145 million in a year or 13 percent — the biggest percentage jump in Southern California.

Tim Hardaway Jr. scored 22 points, Trey Burke added 16 and the Knicks snapped their eight-game losing streak with a 119-112 victory over Los Angeles on Friday night.,Enes Kanter scored eight of his 16 points down the stretch as the Knicks pulled away, ending their first win since Dec. 14 on an 11-3 run.,Seven players scored in double figures for New York, including 10 points in the fourth quarter from Mario Hezonja, who also had barely played since mid-December.,TIP-INS

Knicks: Frank Ntilikina played only briefly in the first half before straining his left ankle and sitting out the rest of the game.,SLOW START FOR LA read more

The video tutorials launched Mitchell’s quest to become a professional bullrider, a journey that takes him to Madison Square Garden ranked No. 2 in the world for Professional Bull Riding’s season opener in New York City that runs through Sunday.,Mitchell’s debut on one of the sport’s biggest stages caps a whirlwind nine months in which he received a call from PBR about an opening for a rider while he was sitting in class at Hill College in Texas.,Within two years Mitchell got on his first bull.,Mitchell is one of the many success stories PBR is touting as it kicks off in New York City for the 13th season with aspirations to build on its growth the last several seasons.,PBR CEO Sean Gleason said Friday the expansion into the Los Angeles market will be aided by the circuit’s longtime presence in nearby Anaheim, California, and promotion from the sports talent agency that purchased the series in 2015.

For this fight, I look at him versus [Arturo] Gatti every night before I sleep.In that 2005 bout, Mayweather trekked to Gattis home state of New Jersey for his first pay-per-view and dominated the forward fighter, forcing him to stop after six rounds.Davis sees parallels in how Mares will fight him.I know whats coming and still watch it so I can remind myself what Im in front of, Davis said.,Al Haymon called me offering me [World Boxing Council featherweight champion] Gary Russell or Josh Warrington there were so many options [at 126 pounds], and the money is the same as Im getting in this upper weight class, Mares said.But I chose this fight because I see flaws on the kid.,Because if people dont know by now, Abner Mares is always willing to fight any opposition, style, shape or form as long as it brings excitement.Mares is boosted by the brotherhood of his trainer Robert Garcias gym in Riverside, where Garcias younger brother, Mikey, is training to move up two weight classes in his March 16 pay-per-view against Errol Spence Jr. and veteran Josesito Lopez is training as a longshot against another unbeaten welterweight champion, Keith Thurman.We work hard and at the end of the day the results will be on our side in all three fights, Robert Garcia said.,[Davis] might have a little more strength, but the conditioning will speak for itself from the training.Live gatesLess than a week after discounted tickets went on sale, Los Angeles impressively showed up for Saturdays UFC show at the Forum, and the first half of 2019 reveals the Southlands more muscular standing as a location for fight cards of all levels.Microsoft Theater at L.A. Live will stage the Jan. 13 super-middleweight title fight between Jose Uzcategui and Caleb Plant and Leo Santa Cruzs Feb. 16 featherweight title defense against Mexicos Miguel Flores one week after Davis-Mares.,Bellator MMA has its heavyweight grand prix final Jan. 26 at the Forum, and Lomachenko is scheduled for a lightweight unification April 12 at Staples Center.This has proven to be a good market, and I expect more of the fights like this to come here, said Ellerbe, after Mikey Garcia fought at Staples along with Santa Cruz-Mares last year.Davis-Mares fight promoter Richard Schaefer, whos handling some of Haymons pay-per-views, said, Los Angeles is becoming the fight capital of the United States again because of the venues the war grounds, [in Carson] and Staples, the busiest arena in the world and so many great fighters are from here.

Lakers superstar LeBron James arrived to Staples Center in style on Friday night for the Lakers game against the Clippers.,James is out with a left groin strain injury that is expected to sideline the superstar for at least a few games.,After routing the two-time NBA Champion Golden State Warriors on Christmas Day in a game James didn't return the Lakers lost their first full game without their floor general 117-116 on a last second buzzer beater to the Sacramento Kings on Thursday.,James streak of 156 consecutive games played (regular season and postseason) was snapped, and 14-time NBA All-Star did not make the trip to Sacramento.,After his arrival, James sat at the end of the Lakers bench, cheering on his teammates during the game known as the NBA's "Battle for LA," between the two Staples Center co-tenants.

After a weeklong exchange of flattery and pleasantries through the media, LeBron James reportedly had dinner with New Orleans Pelicans superstar Anthony Davis after the Lakers 112-104 victory on Friday night at Staples Center.,Some believe James secretly runs Klutch Sports Group behind the scenes, leading to speculation that the Lakers superstar could guide Davis to Los Angeles either via trade or in free agency in two years.,Shortly after those comments, James reportedly exited Staples Center and met Davis for dinner in Los Angeles.,That reported dinner between friends only threw fuel on the fire, leading fans to believe that Davis and James were meeting to discuss a coup d'état that would eventually land "The Brow" in Tinseltown.,Unlike the soon-to-be retiring Wade, and the soon-to-be free agent Anthony, Davis is in control of his own destiny and could force a move to Los Angeles either now or in two years.

James was at risk of missing his first regular season game of the 2018/19 campaign.,“[James] didn't come to shootaround, so he is getting rest right now.,LeBron James scored 22 points, one shy of Kyle Kuzma, and managed 39 minutes of action.,And his perforce and received fears James would be under threat of missing the Lakers’ Christmas games.,Los Angeles don’t play now until Monday, where they face the Grizzlies (02:30am).