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SBD/January 23, 2013/Franchises
Published January 23, 2013
TIGHT SHIP: In L.A., Bill Plaschke writes the Clippers are the “anti-Lakers,” and “for once, that is a very good thing.” Plaschke: “Could it actually be that Clippers ownership has been more smart and sound than Lakers ownership this season? Actually, yes. And it hasn't been close. Right now, would you want your favorite NBA team run by [Clippers Owner] Donald Sterling or [Lakers Exec VP/Player Personnel] Jimmy Buss? The fact that it's even a legitimate question is an answer” (L.A. TIMES, 1/23).
AERO PAIN: In Houston, Galindo & Barron reported the future of the AHL Houston Aeros and the league in the city “are now in question.” The team’s lease at Toyota Center “expires at the end of this season, and if the team can’t work out a deal with their landlord the Rockets, then pro hockey in Houston could be at a crossroads after 19 years in the IHL and AHL.” Rockets CEO Tad Brown said of the Aeros, “We’re still in discussions -- the preliminary stage. Nothing to report.” Options for other venues in Houston are “limited.” Reliant Arena had been “discussed briefly but doesn’t appear to be an option” (CHRON.com, 1/18).