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Dodger Stadium parking will drop to a new Magic rate of $10


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Magic Johnson announced that general parking rates at Dodger Stadium will be dropping from $15 to $10.

Johnson, Guggenheim CEO Mark Walter and co-owner Stan Kasten at a Wednesday news conference talked about starting fresh in the post-Frank McCourt era, and creating a future that's built on O'Malley family tradition.

"We're going to outwork everybody," Johnson said. "I can't wait until my office is done. It's going to take time to build this into the franchise Mr. O'Malley had before. But we're going to get back there. Believe this, we're going to win again."

McCourt's ownership of the organization ended Tuesday which may have lead Johnson to tweet this today:

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LA Dodgers sale approved by bankruptcy court

Los Angeles Dodgers v San Diego Padres

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Magic Johnson (L) sits with Frank McCourt during the game between the Los Angeles Dodgers and the San Diego Padres in the home opener at Petco Park on April 5, 2012 in San Diego.

A bankruptcy court judge in Delaware has approved the Los Angeles Dodgers' plan to sell the team for $2 billion, setting the team up to exit bankruptcy.

While the approval had been expected, Friday's decision by U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Kevin Gross came at the conclusion of a two-part morning and evening hearing he called a "doubleheader."

Lawyers for the Dodgers and Major League Baseball sparred over the information being given to the league about the plan. A lawyer for Major League Baseball said the league has issues with the plan and is owed more information. A Dodgers lawyer said the team has met all the criteria to have the plan confirmed.

The judge approved Dodgers owner Frank McCourt's plan to sell the team to Guggenheim Baseball Management, a group that includes former Los Angeles Lakers star Magic Johnson. Mark Walter, chief executive officer of the financial services firm Guggenheim Partners, would become the controlling owner, and the team would be run by former Atlanta Braves president Stan Kasten.


City council prepares to announce Jackie Robinson Day in LA

Jackie Robinson

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From left are Brooklyn Dodgers' John Jorgensen, Pee Wee Reese, Ed Stanky and Jackie Robinson, in an April 15, 1947 file photo.

A resolution declaring today Jackie Robinson Day in Los Angeles is expected to be approved during a morning meeting of the Los Angeles City Council.

If passed, the announcement will come four days before the 65th anniversary of Robinson breaking baseball's racial barrier.

On April 15, 1947, Robinson -- who was raised in Pasadena and attended Muir High School -- made his major league debut.

He went hitless in four at-bats, but scored to be what ended up being the winning run in the Brooklyn Dodgers' 5-3 victory over the Boston Braves. 25,623 people at Ebbets Field witnessed history.

Robinson played his entire major league career with Brooklyn, helping lead the Dodgers to six National League championships during his 10 seasons, and, in 1955, their only World Series championship. 

Robinson's integration into Major League Baseball is credited with helping change Americans' attitudes toward African-Americans and being a catalyst for later civil rights advances.


Take me out to the high-security ball game: A 'peaceful' plan for opening day at Dodger Stadium


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A plentiful police presence will be felt at Dodger Stadium on Tuesday when the Dodgers take on the Pittsburgh Pirates at 1:10 p.m. LAPD will be out in force "to ensure a peaceful opening day" said an official statement.

Authorities have reportedly been working with the team for months to create a patrol plan, and officers began watching the parks near the stadium on Monday night for ordinance violations, especially alcohol-related infractions.

On opening day 2011, Bryan Stow, a 42-year-old paramedic, was attacked to near-death outside the stadium. Stow, a San Francisco Giants fan, was left in a coma after being brutally punched and kicked him in the head after the game. Louie Sanchez and Marvin Norwood have pleaded not guilty to charges of mayhem assault and battery in that attack.



Bat sounds: Beach Boys begin Dodgers partnership with opening day national anthem


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The Beach Boys will be performing the national anthem at the L.A. Dodgers opening day game next week, it was announced Tuesday. With both celebrating 50-year anniversaries, a season-long partnership has developed between the stadium and the California-est of summer icons.

The season of famdom overload will include co-branded merch with 50th anniversary logos of both the Boys and the stadium, as well as "Beach Boys Night" on May 18 when the Dodgers play the World Series champion St. Louis Cardinals. There will be fireworks. And also, there will be fireworks.

"It's very special to us that we get to celebrate our 50 years alongside the Dodgers, a team we all love," the Beach Boys said in a statement. "Generations of fans have supported our music just as much as their boys in blue and we're very happy to celebrate both L.A. traditions at Dodger Stadium this opening day."