Taylor Swift’s banner at Staples Center isn’t coming down but it will no longer be seen during Kings home games.
Arash MarkaziThe @LAKings will cover Taylor Swift's banner at Staples Center for all home games. "The connection to our fans is our highest priority and through our engagement they have made it clear that the banner shouldn’t be part of their Kings game experience."
While Steve Ballmer and Jerry West were part of the Clippers' year-long strategy to land Kawhi Leonard, Doc Rivers says one 'hero' played a decisive role.
Arash MarkaziThe thought of Kawhi Leonard on the Lakers was too much for Doc Rivers. He talked Steve Ballmer when their deal was dead. "We cannot allow that to happen. I told Steve jokingly, 'If that happens, we’re moving the team to Seattle.' I really believed that.”
The Angels don't play in Los Angeles nor do they really push to engage fans in the city, so why do they keep such a confusing and contradictory name?
Arash MarkaziThe worst part about the name "Los Angeles Angels" — outside of its complete disregard for geographic accuracy — is that it remains the most disingenuous name in sports. The Angels want nothing to do with L.A. outside of enjoying the economic benefits.
A look on the esports star who goes by the name "Ninja".
Arash MarkaziTyler "@Ninja" Blevins is known for Fortnite but he wants to be remembered for more than that. "I know I’ve blown up through Fortnite but I’m amazing at every video game I touch. I don’t want to be known forever as 'the Fortnite guy.' I want to be bigger."
The Clippers' playoff run will likely end before the team's 35th anniversary of its move to L.A., but the city might finally be ready to embrace it.
Arash MarkaziNEW COLUMN: The Clippers will celebrate the 35th anniversary of their move to Los Angeles next month. For the first time since they moved to L.A., the city may finally be ready to embrace them and accept them as one of their own.
The WWE is scripted entertainment, but it's easy to forget that when you're watching WrestleMania.
Arash MarkaziNEW COLUMN: #WrestleMania has been one of my favorite events to go to since I was a kid. It looks like I won’t have to travel too far in 2021. According to multiple sources, Los Angeles is the favorite to host WrestleMania 37 at the new Inglewood stadium.
Lynn Swann, USC's athletic director, offers his first public comments on the college admissions scandal that involved a school administrator.
Arash MarkaziEXCLUSIVE: In his first interview since the bribery scandal, Lynn Swann tells the @latimes he was blindsided by the news while in bed Tuesday morning, wants to stay at USC for 10 years and wasn't the USC AD playing golf with Mossimo Giannulli in Augusta.
The USC bribery scandal shed a light on a dark side of the college entrance process and the power wielded by the rich and privileged but it's hard to allow the actions of a handful of corrupt individuals to change the way to look at USC and its...
Arash MarkaziI graduated from USC. I currently teach at USC. Some of the best times of my life are tied to USC. It’s a special place and the country club atmosphere that has infested the athletic department isn’t indicative of the faculty and students I see regularly.
When the Chargers moved to Los Angeles, the team thought it could hold on to San Diego fans and make new fans by sticking with its old branding. That strategy hasn't worked.
Arash MarkaziNEW COLUMN: Dean Spanos could have been the owner of the most popular NFL team in Los Angeles, instead he’s the owner of the LA Chargers, a team hopelessly fighting for relevancy in a city that still views them as San Diego’s team.
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Arash MarkaziI encourage everyone to subscribe to the digital edition of the @latimes but you can still get the actual paper delivered to your door every morning for less than $5 per week. That's 66% off and includes unlimited digital access and the e-newspaper. 👉
Bryce Harper chose the Colorado Rockies when he played "MLB The Show 19," but he still hasn't picked a team to play for in real life.
Arash MarkaziNEW COLUMN: I don’t know Bryce Harper well but we hung out and played video games in Las Vegas before the start of free agency. I feel the same way now as I did then. He wants to play for the Dodgers. It’s now up to the Dodgers to make the numbers work.
Ric Flair was surprised Friday night when family and friends — including Todd Gurley, Charles Barkley, Evander Holyfield and other wrestling legends — threw him a birthday party.
Arash MarkaziNEW COLUMN: No one brings the worlds of wrestling and sports together quite like Ric Flair. There was no better example of this than his surprise 70th birthday party, which attracted Todd Gurley, Charles Barkley, Dennis Rodman and Evander Holyfield.
New Lakers guard Reggie Bullock was planning to take a vacation during NBA All-Star weekend in Charlotte. Instead, he spoke at the Time Out Youth Center, a safe space for LGBTQ youth.
Arash MarkaziNEW COLUMN: Reggie Bullock was planning on going on vacation during #NBAAllStar Weekend but the North Carolina native instead decided to travel to Charlotte to make a difference. He met and spoke with 25 LGBTQ youth and allies in the city this weekend.
In his introductory notes column, Arash Markazi breaks down how he feels about the NFL in Los Angeles, sports fans in the city and who he's paying homage to in his new column.
Arash MarkaziMy three days a week column (Tue.-Thu.-Sun.) for the @latimes debuts in the paper Feb. 12. As I wrote it, I called Jim Murray's wife, Linda, to let her know. "I have chills," she said. "Jim's first column ran in The Times Feb. 12, 1961." I love life.
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Arash MarkaziIt was hard to encapsulate how much this job and opportunity means to me in one tweet or quote so I wrote about growing up in L.A. and dreaming about this day as a kid. I never really thought it would happen but dreams do come true, kids, they really do. tl.gd/n_1sqpf84pic.twitter.com/wsgY12tisg