The Donald Sterling saga has been quite interesting to watch unfold, a man has been on a non-ending spiral downward for the last few months as a result of his own ignorance and the words he chose when speaking to his mistress. (tmz) The debate over whether the recording of his conversation was legal or not, and if he should have been punished for the words he used in his own home during a private conversation has raged on, it was pretty much a guarantee that the NBA was going to bring the hammer down, I personally have no issue with it as they’re essentially his employer and his stance could cost them money. (huffingtonpost) The punishment handed down, a lifetime ban, a large fine, and the Association forcing him to sell his team, was a landmark sanction against anyone who owns a sports franchise, it’s something completely unheard of but when you consider his past and the current comments it seems to be well deserved. (bleacherreport) The owners voted to remove Sterling from their ranks, instead of fighting the sale of the franchise Sterling decided to allow his wife to move forward with the sale of the team. (espn)
Last night word broke that the team was to be sold to Steve Ballmer, a former Microsoft executive, for two billion dollars. (foxsports) The implications of this one move for other sports is huge, with the Dodgers going for over two billion dollars and now the Clippers being sold for a similar price it opens up the option that an NFL franchise could fetch nearly double that price. (yahoo) One major argument people have had against the sale of the Clippers is that Sterling stands to make a massive profit off of the sale of the team, having bought them for just over twelve million in the early eighties, it is interesting to consider a person could make a profit off of hatred, but in this case it seems likely. (celebritynetworth) As if that weren’t enough, Sterling is now planning to file a billion dollar lawsuit against the NBA for their acts in punishing him for his comments, if he is even close to winning that then the NBA will likely find a way to settle which will give Sterling an even bigger payoff for his comments. I wish I could make that kind of money for every bad thing I’ve done in the past, then again, don’t we all?