Nov. 15, 2005
Los Angeles, Calif. - What is Southern California's top sports moment of the year?
The Los Angeles Sports Council is asking fans to select the greatest moments in sports for 2005 in the Los Angeles/Orange County area. Through balloting on its web site at www.lasports.org fans can cast their vote for the top moment in any or all of 16 award categories.
The results of the voting will be revealed in a televised awards presentation on Sunday evening, December 11.
Among the nominees for "Other Div. I Schools" are Ralphy Holmes overtime buzzer beating basket in the NIT game at Oregon State and Sergio Pedroza's remarkable ninth inning in the NCAA Regional Tournament against Missouri.
Hosted by Hall of Fame announcer and "TV Voice of the Kings," Bob Miller, the star-studded 90-minute awards show will be televised live by KCAL-9 beginning at 8 p.m. from the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza Hotel in Century City.
To vote, go to www.lasports.org and click on the Greatest Moments icon at the top of the home page. Voting begins on November 15 and will conclude on December 5.
"This event is a continuation of our organization's tradition of recognizing the top sports moments of the year," said Sports Council Chairman Alan Rothenberg.
In 1995, the Sports Council staged a special event celebrating the "100 Greatest Moments in Los Angeles Sports History." Kirk Gibson's dramatic home run in Game One of the 1988 World Series was voted the No. 1 all-time moment.
This year's nominated moments were provided by each specific team, university or association, and were limited to three to five moments each. Due to the cancellation of the 2004-05 NHL season, the Kings and Ducks were not asked to submit nominations but will be recognized during the awards show. Winners will be provided with awards specially created by Tiffany & Co. for this occasion.
For the purposes of this event, the concept of a "moment" is loosely defined. It can be a specific instant in time (a winning goal, hit or shot), an individual or team record, a specific game or series of games or even a multi-day event.
A blue-ribbon media panel will rank the overall top 10 moments of the year and will select the Sportsman, Sportswoman, and Sports Executive of the Year. The panel also will be able to overrule the on-line voting results if an extraordinary moment occurs after balloting begins.
The event program will include a dinner, followed by the award presentations and video highlights for the most memorable moments. For dinner ticket information, contact Monica Maldonado at (213) 482-6352.
The "Greatest Moments" event will be a fundraiser for the non-profit Sports Council which will utilize the proceeds to further its mission of promoting economic development through sports in Southern California.
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"Greatest Sports Moments of 2005"
&\#149; Overall Greatest Moment of the Year &\#149; Sportsman of the Year &\#149; Sportswoman of the Year &\#149; Sports Executive of the Year
Greatest Moment of the Year for each of the following:
&\#149; Angels &\#149; Auto Racing &\#149; Avengers &\#149; Chivas USA &\#149; Clippers &\#149; Dodgers &\#149; Galaxy &\#149; Golf &\#149; Horse Racing &\#149; Kings &\#149; Lakers &\#149; Mighty Ducks &\#149; Olympic Sports &\#149; Sparks &\#149; Tennis &\#149; UCLA &\#149; USC &\#149; Other Division I Schools