Welcome to The Morning Column! I have lived in Los Angeles for most of my life and have covered sports in the city for over 20 years. I spent the past 16 years as a sports columnist at the Los Angeles Times and a senior writer at ESPN and Sports Illustrated.

I am launching this column on the same day I will be starting The Arash Markazi Show, which can be heard Monday-Friday, 12 p.m.-1 p.m. on The Mightier 1090, the 50,000-watt sports leader in Southern California. The show will also be a Monday-Friday podcast available on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Google Play, TuneIn and Stitcher.

This is an exciting time for Los Angeles sports with the Lakers playing in the NBA Finals, the Dodgers being World Series favorites, the Rams looking like Super Bowl contenders and USC and UCLA soon returning to action at the Coliseum and Rose Bowl. I can’t think of a better time for the launch of the site, radio show and podcast.

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