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Major league execs bolster LA 2024 board

Owners and executives from a host of American professional sports teams have joined Los Angeles 2024’s board of directors in an effort to boost the city’s bid for the summer Olympic and Paralympic Games.

LA 2024 said the owners and executives will lend their talent and expertise in sports presentation, promotion and community engagement. Representing Major League Baseball (MLB) are LA Dodgers owner Earvin "Magic" Johnson (right of picture), Dodgers president and chief executive Stan Kasten, Milwaukee Brewers owner and chairman Mark Attanasio and San Francisco Giants president and chief executive Larry Baer.

From the National Basketball Association (NBA) come LA Clippers owner Steve Ballmer, LA Lakers owner and governor Jeanie Buss, Atlanta Hawks owner Tony Ressler, Boston Celtics co-owner and managing partner Steve Pagliuca and Detroit Pistons owner Tom Gores.

LA Rams chief operating officer Kevin Demoff and New York Giants co-owner and chairman Steve Tisch represent the National Football League (NFL), with the LA Kings’ co-owner Ed Roski, Jr. and governor Dan Beckerman doing likewise for the National Hockey League (NHL)

LA 2024 chairman Casey Wasserman (left of picture) said: “LA 2024 is fortunate to have many of America's top professional sports team owners and executives on our board of directors, lending their talent and expertise to our work to create an innovative, low-risk and sustainable Games in 2024.

“LA 2024 is focused on the future of the Olympic Movement, and as we look to help all Olympic sports grow and access America’s $250bn (€229.8bn) sports market, our board members’ strategic insight and deep experience will be invaluable.”