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Published April 15, 2013
CHANGE OF COURSE: In Denver, Andy Vuong profiled Anschutz’ vision for AEG, and wrote the “still-notoriously private tycoon is once again raising his public profile to prove his commitment to bringing an NFL team back to L.A.” Last month, he "removed the 'for sale' sign from AEG" and “announced the departure of longtime right-hand man” former President & CEO Tim Leiweke. With the “abrupt departure” of Leiweke, who was Farmers Field’s “frontman, Anschutz embarked on a Southern California publicity tour.” Area sportswriters and business officials were “taken aback not only by his decision to grant his first extensive media interview in decades, but by the sight of Anschutz sitting courtside at an L.A. Lakers game at Staples Center.” The change “clashed with Anschutz's reputation as a dealmaker content with staying behind the scenes.” The recent media tour was “a calculated move by Anschutz to spread the message that he is still interested in bringing an NFL team back to L.A.” Some observers said that the “question mark over the NFL stadium was a key reason Anschutz couldn't sell AEG.” Anschutz “wants to control the stadium's operations but not the team that plays in it, an unusual arrangement that the league and team owners apparently aren't fond of” (DENVER POST, 4/14).