The biggest news story of the last two months has been the debacle going down in the Los Angeles area with Donald Sterling and the Los Angeles Clippers basketball franchise, starting with racist comments recorded and made public, as a result he received a lifetime ban, a massive fine, and he’s been forced to sell the team. (losangelestimes) There’s been debate on the forced sale of the team, is it legal, should it be done, how it relates to potential racism, but at the end of the day the NBA has the ability to have the owners vote to force sale of any franchise under the correct circumstances and apparently this met said circumstances. (nydailynews) Once everything was cleared up and it became certain that Sterling would allow the team to be sold, the question turned to who the potential suitors in this situation may be, a list of millionaire and billionaire elite like nothing we’ve ever seen began to unfold. (time) At the end of the day, the sale has been set up from all reports with former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer settling in as the top candidate with a bid of two billion dollars to purchase the franchise. (usatoday)
With this news it now marks two sports franchises in the Los Angeles market that have sold in the two billion dollar range, with Magic Johnson and a team of investors getting together to purchase the Los Angeles Dodgers for 2.1 billion two years ago. (espn) While the Dodgers made some sense as they’re a legendary franchise in Major League Baseball dating back to their days as the Brooklyn Dodgers and their ties to Jackie Robinson, you’re buying a huge chunk of sports history, even though the team has never been able to reach the same level as their New York counterpart, the Yankees. (mlb) The other side of that coin is the Clippers, a team that’s never been more than a footnote next to their in town rivals the Los Angeles Lakers, yet somehow this team that’s never won anything, ever, is set to go for two billion dollars. (cbssports) The big question this move now raises is exactly how much a franchise in the most popular sport in the United States, the NFL, could go for if a team were inclined to move to the area. (profootballtalk) The most immediate possibility is that the Ralph Wilson Estate could be in play for moving the Bills franchise to Los Angeles since his passing, especially with the chances that there could be a three or four billion dollar offer for their franchise. (espn) There’s a chance the offer could be in the four billion range with the history of the Bills, while they’ve never won a Super Bowl they were able to make it to four straight, a feat no other team has ever been able to achieve. (complex) For the sake of Bills fans past and present, including myself, we can only hope the offers aren’t enough to lure them away as it would be terrible to not see the team in Buffalo any longer. That said, just imagine what the Dallas Cowboys could go for, I don’t think there’s enough money on this planet for that one, sorry Cowboys fans.