While NBA commissioner Adam Silver held a press conference to announce that Los Angeles Clippers’ owner Donald Sterling was banned from the NBA for life and that he had been issued a $2.5 million fine, the maximum fine the NBA can give, he also told the collection of reporters he would “urge the Board of Governors to exercise its authority to force the sale of the team.”
It looks like that process is beginning.
According to Ben Golliver of Sports Illustrated, the NBA’s 10-member advisory committee discussed the “process for termination” of Sterling’s ownership Thursday.
Acting on those instructions, the NBA’s 10-member advisory/finance committee met via conference call on Thursday to “discuss the process for termination” of Sterling’s ownership, according to a league spokesman.
“The Committee unanimously agreed to move forward as expeditiously as possible and will reconvene next week,” a statement from the league office read.
A three-quarters majority vote of the league’s owners — 22 out of the other 29 owners — is required to force out Sterling. Kings owner Vivek Ranadive said he expects unanimous support from the NBA owners to oust Sterling.
If Sterling is forced to sell, there are suitors lining up to get a piece of the team.