“Los Angeles Clippers co-owner Shelly Sterling met with former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer over the weekend to discuss him potentially purchasing the team, a source familiar with the matter told CNN. Ballmer is just one interested suitor, and Sterling, who wants to expedite the team’s sale, is accepting bids from other interested parties, though the source didn’t elaborate,” CNN reports.
“The NBA said Friday that its team owners would vote June 3 on whether to force a sale because of racist remarks that Donald Sterling made. There was no indication that this plan changed with Tuesday’s news,” CNN reports. “The league is fine with Shelly Sterling leading the efforts to sell the team, so long as neither she nor Donald Sterling retain any equity whatsoever in the Clippers, said a separate source familiar with the situation.”
“The Sterlings appear to be running out of options — short of suing the league — and analysts say such a lawsuit wouldn’t be inconceivable, as Sterling is an attorney well versed in litigation,” CNN reports. “A voluntary sale would be a new maneuver for the Sterlings. Earlier this month, Donald Sterling hired an antitrust lawyer to fight the NBA about the proposed forced sale, and his wife previously said she wanted to keep an ownership stake in the team, but doesn’t want to be the controlling partner.”
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MacDailyNews Take: Ballmer and the Clippers: A match made in perennial loser hell.
If this deal doesn’t pan out, Monkey Boy should make a run at the Cubs.