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(BusinessWeek)   So, let's count the L.A. Clippers sponsors who are making a fast break for the exit   (businessweek.com) divider line 22
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2014-04-29 03:38:20 PM  
So if he is banned and gets bought out, will they come crawling back to be sponsors?
 
2014-04-29 04:10:36 PM  
Why would they go crawling?  They are the sponsors.  Without them the league makes no money.  There are a LOT of other things that will gladly take their ad money.  I think you might misunderstand what the balance of power is here.
 
2014-04-29 04:20:30 PM  

BAMFinator: So if he is banned and gets bought out, will they come crawling back to be sponsors?


Of course...and that's fine. The problem isn't the team, or the players, or the fans, it's the one rich asshole whose name is on the checks. Without him there's no problem.  And since he HAS been banned, the sponsors can go back to business as usual, and we shouldn't hold it against them.

I live in SF, that's Warriors country, but nonetheless everyone here is glad the Clippers didn't boycott. Sterling being a horrible prick has nothing to do with Rivers, Paul,
Griffin, et al. trying to win games.
 
2014-04-29 04:22:27 PM  

BAMFinator: So if he is banned and gets bought out,


Isn't that how Magic's investment group wound up with the Dodgers? Not so much from a "banning", but from a forced sale?
 
2014-04-29 05:10:58 PM  

Sin_City_Superhero: BAMFinator: So if he is banned and gets bought out,

Isn't that how Magic's investment group wound up with the Dodgers? Not so much from a "banning", but from a forced sale?


Sorta.  Frank McCourt went bankrupt and had a nasty divorce and reached an agreement with MLB to sell the team.  So, yeah, he was forced out per se.  But not necessarily because of offensive actions.
 
2014-04-29 05:48:20 PM  
It sounds like State Farm is the only sponsor who wants to be a good neighbor and stick with the Clippers.

/for now at least
 
2014-04-29 06:11:17 PM  
Now that Sterling has been banned for life and it's almost certain that he's going to be forced to sell the Clippers, how soon will the sponsors come back?
 
2014-04-29 07:09:11 PM  

Polish Hussar: Now that Sterling has been banned for life and it's almost certain that he's going to be forced to sell the Clippers, how soon will the sponsors come back?


Instantly.  They made their point.
 
2014-04-29 08:18:07 PM  

foo monkey: Polish Hussar: Now that Sterling has been banned for life and it's almost certain that he's going to be forced to sell the Clippers, how soon will the sponsors come back?

Instantly.  They made their point.


You think so?

I think sponsors are still going to balk so long as he has the most minute of connections with the team.
 
kab
2014-04-29 11:55:26 PM  
And how many will be back immediately when / if the team pushes further into the playoffs?

You guessed it.
 
2014-04-30 12:04:35 AM  
he sells the team, he made 500 million , bastard wins unless youyou shut the whole team down
 
2014-04-30 12:18:52 AM  
So, THIS is how we force "diversity" of ownership of private organizations.
 
2014-04-30 01:46:04 AM  

BAMFinator: So if he is banned and gets bought out, will they come crawling back to be sponsors?


I only read a few statements but a number explicitly said they would do so. If they wanted out of sponsoring the Clippers, most would not need and excuse.
 
2014-04-30 01:49:26 AM  

ramblinwreck: So, THIS is how we force "diversity" of ownership of private organizations.


No, this is how we punish an employee (of the NBA) and and employer (of everyone working for the Clippers) for his untenable positions, making it impossible for anyone to work for or with him, and for his alienation of the entire customer base.

The Clippers make more money with him gone. See, firing him is the free market at work.

/also google Brendan Eich and Gurbaksh Chahal
 
2014-04-30 05:31:29 AM  
Soooo.... You wind up being an advertiser in an environment full of low information trogs with less competition for eyeballs. I'd stick it out, if anyone gave me grief I'd say "We believe the NBA has made the right moves and will continue to support the team, whoever the new owner will be."
 
2014-04-30 06:30:05 AM  
Come on he just said what we all think, besides, free speech? Hello? And where's the God dam wire tapping laws!
 
2014-04-30 07:01:43 AM  

Clutch2013: I think sponsors are still going to balk so long as he has the most minute of connections with the team.

Don't harbor any illusions that ANY of the sponsors are any less sociopathic than Sterling himself.  Most CEOs are just as bigoted and would sell their own grandmother for stock options.
This is basically a series of PR moves to pre-empt any boycotts and raise their own "corporate citizen" profile.  There isn't a whit of sincerity behind it.

What's telling is how quickly everyone is to act once he made the comments.  I really don't understand why it's such a big deal.  Some rich asshole made some racist comments. . . so?  This is where we draw the line in the sand?

Sterling has ALWAYS been notorious prick and an overt bigot.  Are we actually pretending to be shocked & outraged here?  What the fark else did you expect?  He's a slum lord, a miser, a longtime well-known bigot.  His douchebaggeriness* has been well-known for decades and these comments are one of the least damaging things he's done.  People have been doing business with this jackass for an insanely long time without any sense of shame, so anything the sponsors do now has the fecal stench of hypocrisy.  It's one thing to be shocked that your neighbor is a serial killer.  It's another to be doing business with your neighbor when the guy has severed heads on pikes in his front yard.

I mean, I guess better late than never that an old asshole gets his due, but that it took Internet mob justice to do it strikes me as not the best way to do things.  It doesn't teach rich douchebags to be good people; it trains them to just watch what they say.  That don't make the world any better.

*that's not a word?  It should be.
 
2014-04-30 07:38:00 AM  

Clutch2013: foo monkey: Polish Hussar: Now that Sterling has been banned for life and it's almost certain that he's going to be forced to sell the Clippers, how soon will the sponsors come back?

Instantly.  They made their point.

You think so?

I think sponsors are still going to balk so long as he has the most minute of connections with the team.


Now that he's been banned for life, yeah. Put that signage back up.
 
2014-04-30 08:33:11 AM  
Why wasn't Isiah thomas banned for life for his sexual harassment lawsuit?

I wonder how this will end up backfiring on the players union. Now that the NBA has banned an owner for life and maybe even kicking him out of the league if force to sell the team. Doesn't this now allow the NBA to get tougher on the players.  

Hard to scream "unfair" after the company took an owner to task.
 
2014-04-30 09:27:47 AM  

Waldo Pepper: I wonder how this will end up backfiring on the players union. Now that the NBA has banned an owner for life and maybe even kicking him out of the league if force to sell the team. Doesn't this now allow the NBA to get tougher on the players.


Not really.  The CBA is pretty specific on how the NBA can deal with players.
 
2014-04-30 10:36:40 AM  

dragonchild: Clutch2013: I think sponsors are still going to balk so long as he has the most minute of connections with the team.
Don't harbor any illusions that ANY of the sponsors are any less sociopathic than Sterling himself.  Most CEOs are just as bigoted and would sell their own grandmother for stock options.
This is basically a series of PR moves to pre-empt any boycotts and raise their own "corporate citizen" profile.  There isn't a whit of sincerity behind it.

What's telling is how quickly everyone is to act once he made the comments.  I really don't understand why it's such a big deal.  Some rich asshole made some racist comments. . . so?  This is where we draw the line in the sand?

Sterling has ALWAYS been notorious prick and an overt bigot.  Are we actually pretending to be shocked & outraged here?  What the fark else did you expect?  He's a slum lord, a miser, a longtime well-known bigot.  His douchebaggeriness* has been well-known for decades and these comments are one of the least damaging things he's done.  People have been doing business with this jackass for an insanely long time without any sense of shame, so anything the sponsors do now has the fecal stench of hypocrisy.  It's one thing to be shocked that your neighbor is a serial killer.  It's another to be doing business with your neighbor when the guy has severed heads on pikes in his front yard.

I mean, I guess better late than never that an old asshole gets his due, but that it took Internet mob justice to do it strikes me as not the best way to do things.  It doesn't teach rich douchebags to be good people; it trains them to just watch what they say.  That don't make the world any better.

*that's not a word?  It should be.


Maybe there's not a whit of sincerity behind it, but I still think that because of those same stock options you talk about, they're not going to touch the team until he's severed all ties, because if nothing else, they don't want to be perceived as giving Sterling even token support, lest they bask in the backlash that is enveloping him now.

I won't comment on the other things, because like a lot of others, I didn't even know who the guy was until a few days ago.

Except, I think the word would be "douchebaggery".  Which flags the spell-check, too.  Oh well.
 
2014-04-30 10:50:34 AM  

Clutch2013: I didn't even know who the guy was until a few days ago.

I'm OK with that.  But the sponsors sure as hell knew who he was, and didn't give a flying fark all this time.

We agree they're motivated by money, but I don't share your optimism.  It's not like a token gesture to be so thorough; that's an oxymoron.
 
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