The press releases pertaining to the Donald Sterling-ownership matter are coming a mile a minute, with two important pieces being sent out in the last thirty minutes.
The first was from Donald Sterling wife Shelly Sterling’s lawyer Pierce O’Donnel who states that Donald Sterling has given Shelly permission to begin the process of selling the franchise.
Donald Sterling has authorized Shelly Sterling in writing to negotiate the sale of the Los Angeles Clippers, including his 50 percent ownership of the team. Shelly is managing the sale of the Clippers. While no formal offers have yet been received, Shelly and the NBA are working cooperatively on the transaction.
Following that specific press release, the NBA’s Executive Vice President of Communication in Mike Bass has responded, stating the league will vote on ownership matter in a week’s time.
This evening, the NBA received responses from Donald and Shelly Sterling to the charge to terminate the current ownership interests in the Los Angeles Clippers. The NBA Board of Governors will meet on June 3 at 1 p.m. in New York City to hear and vote upon this matter. Should the Board vote to sustain the charge, the Sterlings’ interests in the Clippers will be terminated and the team will be sold.
So far there have been several public figures to step up and state that they’d be interested in purchasing the Los Angeles Clippers. That list includes Oprah Winfrey, Steve Ballmer of Microsoft, Patrick Soon-Shiong, the richest man in the city of Los Angeles, Grant Hill, Yao Ming, and several others. Finding a new owner definitely won’t be the problem.
It looks like there will be light at the end of this tunnel after all. The quicker the NBA can move on from Donald Sterling, the quicker they can turn their attention to more important matters.