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1982-1989 Los Angeles Lazers

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Los Angeles LazersMajor Indoor Soccer League

Born: June 1982 – Major Indoor Soccer League expansion franchise
Folded: June 5, 1989

Arena: The Forum (15,893)

Team Colors: White, Black, Purple & Gold

Owner: Dr. Jerry Buss

MISL Championships: None

 

The Los Angeles Lazers were an indoor soccer franchise owned by Dr. Jerry Buss for seven seasons from 1982 to 1989.  Dr. Buss also owned the Los Angeles Lakers, the NHL’s Los Angeles Kings, and The Forum, the arena shared by all three teams during the winter.  The Lazers name and purple/yellow color scheme were a riff/brand extension on the Lakers identity.

As he did with other “minor league” investments, Dr. Buss entrusted the management of the Lazers to one of his children, in this case son Johnny Buss, who served as President for the club’s entire seven-year run.  The team never quite clicked on the field, recording only one winning season (1987-88) and the team fared very poorly at the box office, typically ranking among the league’s worst draws.  Beginning in 1985, Los Angeles Lazers matches were shown on basic cable in the Southern California region on Prime Ticket, an all-sports channel founded by Dr. Buss.

The club folded in June 1989.

 

Los Angeles Lazers Shop

Lazers Retro T-Shirt by Throwback Max

 

Los Angeles Lazers Memorabilia

 

In Memoriam

Forward Paul Kitson (1986-87 season) died of a heart attack on August 25, 2005.  Kitson was 49.

Lazers owner Dr. Jerry Buss died on February 18, 2013 at age 80. New York Times obituary

 

Los Angeles Lazers Video

Los Angeles Lazers TV commercial circa 1986

 

 

Downloads

1987-88 Major Indoor Soccer League Rule Book & Schedule 

 

Links

Major Indoor Soccer League Media Guides

Major Indoor Soccer League Programs

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Written by AC

January 20th, 2013 at 2:57 am

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