Ballmer Takes Over as LA Clippers Owner
Judge makes sale official
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Aug 13, 2014 12:07 AM CDT
Shelly Sterling, center, talks to reporters after a judge ruled in her favor and against her estranged husband's attempt to block the $2 billion sale last month.   (AP Photo/Nick Ut, File)

(Newser) – Steve Ballmer finally has an NBA outlet for his rah-rah displays of emotion as the new owner of the Los Angeles Clippers. The former Microsoft CEO's record $2 billion purchase of the team was confirmed by a Los Angeles judge yesterday, clearing the way for the avid pickup basketball player to take over the team from Donald Sterling, who unsuccessfully fought his estranged wife, Shelly, over the sale. Ballmer's lawyer says the judge signed the order authorizing the sale even if Donald Sterling's attorneys filed an appeal, which they did late yesterday.

Ballmer, who lives in the Seattle area, says he hopes to attend a lot of Clippers games next season, and interim CEO Dick Parsons has agreed to stay on for the time being. "That gives me a chance to figure this all out," he says. The sale has ousted Donald Sterling as the NBA's longest-tenured owner, and Ballmer says he wants to put the Sterling controversy in the past and focus the team on being "a great citizen in the community for a diverse set of folks." Shelly Sterling, who defeated Donald's efforts to block the sale, lamented losing the team, but Ballmer gave her the title of "owner emeritus." She will receive two floor seats, 10 other seats, and parking at Staples Center for games.

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Aug 13, 2014 7:30 PM CDT
UPDATE... Sterling's appeal denied...
Aug 13, 2014 11:56 AM CDT
Not a good week so far for "The Donald....Wannabe". The Clippers sale closed and the NBA countersued him and the Family Trust in response to his antitrust suit. Commish Silver said: "The NBA filed a counterclaim against Donald Sterling and the Sterling Family Trust in federal court Monday, saying the Clippers owner caused “devastating and incalculable harm” to the league. Filed in U.S. District Court in Los Angeles in response to Sterling’s June antitrust lawsuit against the NBA and Commissioner Adam Silver, the counterclaim seeks to recover damages related to the owner’s recorded comments denigrating blacks." These counterclaims are very common to exact leverage in response to suits this type and size. Late this afternoon, CA's 2nd District Court of Appeals handed down a ruling that "The evidence before this court indicates the sale of the Los Angeles Clippers … has closed,” Thus, there is nothing for this court to stay.”“Even if the sale had not closed,” the ruling said, “petitioner has failed to show that the balancing of the relative harm favors granting a temporary stay.” Silver, btw, is a really interesting guy....for those of you who are interested in who he is track down the 5/26/14 SI issue....
Aug 13, 2014 11:35 AM CDT
Today marks the day Racism died in 'Merica - but the cost was great ! ! ! ( sarcasm & double entendre intended )