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SBD/May 16, 2011/Franchises
McCourt Contends Financial Woes Have Not Affected Dodgers' Roster
Published May 16, 2011
IN THE NAME OF THE LAW: In L.A., Paul Pringle reported despite "complaints about drunken hooliganism at Dodger Stadium, state regulators rarely visit the ballpark and have issued no citations for liquor-law violations there since 1999." That is not because investigators "haven't had ready access to the stadium, where beer stands and margarita bars now line the concourses." The California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control "requires the company holding the Dodgers' two master alcohol licenses, Levy Premium Foodservice, to grant the agency four passes and free parking for each game." Joseph Cruz, Assistant Dir for ABC's southern division, defended the agency, saying, "I don't see a lot of issues that are arising inside the stadium. At any venue you're going to see some boisterous fans. I don't know if it's all driven by alcohol." Cruz said that investigators "drop in on Dodger Stadium only once or twice a season." Pringle noted the Dodger Stadium-ABC "experience is not unusual." No citations for "violations at Angel Stadium have been filed since at least 1992, and the most recent allegation against a Staples Center vendor came in 2002" (L.A. TIMES, 5/14).