Owner Brought Showtime, Championships And Packed Bars To L.A.
Los Angeles Bar Owners should do a big “cheers” to Jerry Buss.
The former Lakers owner – who died at the age of 80 – has been responsible for a lot of business for bars in L.A. For decades.
When teams win, fans go to the bars to watch the games. And when it’s an NBA team, that’s a lot of games, 82 in fact in the regular season alone. They go to the bars on normally slow nights – Tuesdays, Wednesday nights – and in the case of the Lakers under Buss this went on all winter and often into June.
For the NBA Finals – the Lakers played in a staggering 16 of them and won 10 NBA Championships under Buss – people pack the bars. You have to get their early to even get into the place. And they stayed late after titles were won. That’s a lot of food and drinks served, especially on nights when the bars would otherwise have just a handful of customers.
With Buss’ passing, those days may have passed, too, for the Lakers. At least if this year is any indication of how the team will be run under his son, Jim. The team seems dysfunctional.
Buss, of course, not only won, he won with style. In Hollywood, his best teams were knows as Showtime. And, of course, The Laker Girls!
It’s not just the bar owners that should be cheering Buss. It’s all the bartenders and waitresses, too, who profited by the crowds Buss brought to their bars. And the fans who went to those bars to cheer and celebrate.