Here is a pristine view of the L.A. Sports Arena in 1962, three years after it opened. Now that a soccer stadium will be built here, let’s remember some things that took place there: Wilt Chamberlain played his first NBA game, scoring 28 points in an exhibition between the Philadelphia Warriors and St. Louis Hawks on Sept. 30, 1959. There were also two Final Fours in 1968 and 1972. The 1960 Democratic Convention also took place in the Sports Arena. Not to mention, USC and UCLA basketball, the Lakers and Clippers along with boxing for the 1984 Olympics. And memorable Bruce Springsteen and U2 concerts.
Yes, the building declined over the years but the view from the seats was better than most modern arenas and it’s worth appreciating its history.
USC freshman basketball player Amy Okonwko has transferred to TCU. She is one of three freshmen basketball players (McKenzie Calvert, Chyanne Butler, Okonwko) to leave USC, with only one freshman remaining (Kristen Simon).
The Pac-12 released its tax filings today and USC received:$21,312,031, which is a gross amount and not net figure. That’s a good amount for fiscal year 2014 but the Pac-12 schools are expected to fall behind the Big Ten and SEC in future years.