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2014-05-01 08:24:51 AM
As a businessman, can't he see that a team with no willing sponsors, no willing fans and players and other staff that won't work for him will be in financial trouble with the quickness?  Looks like the fans and players will stick it through for the rest of this season, (the sponsors have already bailed), but those season ticket sales for '14/'15 are going to be tepid.  And the players probably will sit that season out as well if Sterling doesn't sell.

And financial distress is a valid reason for the NBA to force a sale.
 
2014-05-01 08:47:16 AM
Selfishly, I hope this drags on long enough to get all the players to flee and make next season a train wreck, since my beloved Celtics hold the Clips' first-round pick next year.
 
2014-05-01 09:41:12 AM
He said off the record before the announcement.
 
2014-05-01 09:48:55 AM
He's right, he won't be selling the team. The NBA will be
 
2014-05-01 09:49:56 AM
He won't have a choice once the owners vote.
 
2014-05-01 09:53:38 AM

BunkoSquad: Selfishly, I hope this drags on long enough to get all the players to flee and make next season a train wreck, since my beloved Celtics hold the Clips' first-round pick next year.


Nice point!
I don't know how you feel, but I think they should move Rondo.
 
2014-05-01 10:02:43 AM
She probably already has a reality series on Bravo next year, Digging for Gold.

Sterling probably has a cuckold fetish and just wanted to be humiliated by an NBA player who is white. You know like, I dunno, umm. Is Blake Griffin white?
 
2014-05-01 10:07:03 AM
The Clipper Curse never left...
 
2014-05-01 10:09:34 AM
I cannot imagine a scenario where he still owns the team next season, but if he's able to somehow take it to court and at least delay the process, it would be interesting to see how things shake out. Would the player's union try to prevent any players from signing with the team? Would the Commish declare all contracts null and void?
 
2014-05-01 10:15:24 AM
Seriously, why would he say anything else unless he wanted togive the team away. He may be a racist asshole, but he didn't get rich by not understanding sales tactics.

Plus, his biatch will go down as the most costly prostitute ever.

This reminds me of the Kennedy scandals in which case there were no innocent victims, only assholes.
 
2014-05-01 10:16:32 AM
He can either sell the team for money now, or let it die on the vine. He is wealthy enough to do either.
 
2014-05-01 10:29:17 AM

H31N0US: He can either sell the team for money now, or let it die on the vine. He is wealthy enough to do either.


If he hasn't been ousted, in 2 years it'll be back to business as usual.  Which probably also means the Clippers suck again.
 
2014-05-01 10:34:21 AM
If I was him, I'd let it die on the vine.
 
2014-05-01 10:36:52 AM

LarryDan43: He won't have a choice once the owners vote.


Actually, he will

He can press anti-trust litigation to try to over turn the NBA's constitution as a violation of his rights as a business owner

If successful, the NBA will have to amend their charter or get dragged into a really bloody legal battle that could see every aspect of their rules challenged (salary cap, no trade clauses, teams freely moving to different cities, etc)

On a positive note, his girlfriend apparently used to appear on sugar baby and seeking arrangement sites so lets see who she appears with next :)
 
2014-05-01 10:39:38 AM

smerfnablin: He can press anti-trust litigation to try to over turn the NBA's constitution as a violation of his rights as a business owner


He can try, but the judge will probably dismiss the suit immediately.
 
2014-05-01 10:41:10 AM
I asked the question yesterday, and no one was able to answer, so I'll ask again. Even if the NBA can't force the sale of the team, could his wife force the sale of the team via a divorce and divorce settlement?

Any lawyers out there that have a clue?
 
2014-05-01 10:52:36 AM

BlueFalconPunch: I asked the question yesterday, and no one was able to answer, so I'll ask again. Even if the NBA can't force the sale of the team, could his wife force the sale of the team via a divorce and divorce settlement?

Any lawyers out there that have a clue?


Probably.  Isn't that sort of what happened to the Dodgers?
 
2014-05-01 10:53:40 AM
They all call her her "puta" 'cause no one really knows her name.
She works the cantina, dancin' and a-lovin's her trade.
Her mama was Mez'can and her daddy was the ace of spades.
 
2014-05-01 10:56:29 AM
There comes a time when even a douchebag should realize he's done and just give up, this idiot is too farking stubborn to realize that time has long passed.

Of course maybe its the fact he may have to give half to his soon to be ex-wife that's making him act this way.
 
2014-05-01 11:09:12 AM

SlothB77: As a businessman, can't he see that a team with no willing sponsors, no willing fans and players and other staff that won't work for him will be in financial trouble with the quickness?  Looks like the fans and players will stick it through for the rest of this season, (the sponsors have already bailed), but those season ticket sales for '14/'15 are going to be tepid.  And the players probably will sit that season out as well if Sterling doesn't sell.

And financial distress is a valid reason for the NBA to force a sale.


He doesn't give a shiat if it's worth five cents and a kick in the ass as long as it's his.
 
2014-05-01 11:21:37 AM

Orgasmatron138: I cannot imagine a scenario where he still owns the team next season, but if he's able to somehow take it to court and at least delay the process, it would be interesting to see how things shake out. Would the player's union try to prevent any players from signing with the team? Would the Commish declare all contracts null and void?


I wonder if that could be possible...and how would Sterling react if the NBA declared all Clippers contracts null and void.  Would he sue to prevent that instance from happening.
 
2014-05-01 11:24:00 AM

smerfnablin: LarryDan43: He won't have a choice once the owners vote.

Actually, he will

He can press anti-trust litigation to try to over turn the NBA's constitution as a violation of his rights as a business owner

If successful, the NBA will have to amend their charter or get dragged into a really bloody legal battle that could see every aspect of their rules challenged (salary cap, no trade clauses, teams freely moving to different cities, etc)

On a positive note, his girlfriend apparently used to appear on sugar baby and seeking arrangement sites so lets see who she appears with next :)


Hey hey hey she was his "archivist". But I really think the stink she has on her from this will make any new potential boyfriends/johns think twice about being around her.

But I see him taking the long dirty bloody road with this. Seems like he is going to make the NBA pay one way or another.
 
2014-05-01 11:24:02 AM

Gosling: SlothB77: As a businessman, can't he see that a team with no willing sponsors, no willing fans and players and other staff that won't work for him will be in financial trouble with the quickness?  Looks like the fans and players will stick it through for the rest of this season, (the sponsors have already bailed), but those season ticket sales for '14/'15 are going to be tepid.  And the players probably will sit that season out as well if Sterling doesn't sell.

And financial distress is a valid reason for the NBA to force a sale.

He doesn't give a shiat if it's worth five cents and a kick in the ass as long as it's his.


I'll pay 10 cents and two kicks in the ass. He can't pass up a double-size offer!
 
2014-05-01 11:29:33 AM

smerfnablin: his girlfriend apparently used to appear on sugar baby and seeking arrangement sites


I am surprised it wasn't backpage
 
2014-05-01 11:55:47 AM
I suppose there's really no reason for Sterling to not sue.
 
2014-05-01 12:03:18 PM

BlueFalconPunch: I asked the question yesterday, and no one was able to answer, so I'll ask again. Even if the NBA can't force the sale of the team, could his wife force the sale of the team via a divorce and divorce settlement?

Any lawyers out there that have a clue?


His wife will probably be entitled to about half of the marital assets.  So, if he acquired the team during the marriage, she gets half of his share.  If he had it beforehand, she gets half of the value that has increased over the course of the marriage.
He has other assets as well, inclulding all of those properties.  And there will be a boat load of alimony.

She can't "force the sale," but he will have to liquidate some of his assets in order to buy her out.

Unless there's a pre-nup.
 
2014-05-01 12:12:56 PM

smerfnablin: He can press anti-trust litigation to try to over turn the NBA's constitution as a violation of his rights as a business owner


...and I'm sure every judge who hears it, even up to the Supreme Court if he's crazy, will laugh in his face and tell him to go jump off a cliff.

/In the battle between one billionaire and 29 billionaires, who do you think Scalia will side with?
//Especially since it would be a complete 180 from his recent decisions to side with Sterling.
 
2014-05-01 12:15:36 PM

SlothB77: As a businessman, can't he see that a team with no willing sponsors, no willing fans and players and other staff that won't work for him will be in financial trouble with the quickness?  Looks like the fans and players will stick it through for the rest of this season, (the sponsors have already bailed), but those season ticket sales for '14/'15 are going to be tepid.  And the players probably will sit that season out as well if Sterling doesn't sell.

And financial distress is a valid reason for the NBA to force a sale.


It's not so much about the money as it is to be one of 30 people that own an NBA team.  Very exclusive company.
 
2014-05-01 12:24:33 PM

stappawho: SlothB77: As a businessman, can't he see that a team with no willing sponsors, no willing fans and players and other staff that won't work for him will be in financial trouble with the quickness?  Looks like the fans and players will stick it through for the rest of this season, (the sponsors have already bailed), but those season ticket sales for '14/'15 are going to be tepid.  And the players probably will sit that season out as well if Sterling doesn't sell.

And financial distress is a valid reason for the NBA to force a sale.

It's not so much about the money as it is to be one of 30 people that own an NBA team.  Very exclusive company.


Dude could lose 99% of what he has and still retain fark you money. He is old as hell too. He can tie this up in litigation until he dies if he wants. Honestly, that farks up the rest of the nNBA more than him.
 
2014-05-01 12:31:15 PM
I'd bid five dolla for the hooker, ahem, girlfriend.  I'd tell her my name was D. Studman.  "Glad to meet you V.  You barely meet my standards."  That would be all I'd say knowing the recorder was running.  I hope the old coot waits awhile to sell the team so he can loose an even bigger shiatpot of money.  And, I hope his car breaks down at 3 a.m. in Watts.  When can I hope to hear the last of this story?
 
2014-05-01 12:39:40 PM

NickelP: Dude could lose 99% of what he has and still retain fark you money. He is old as hell too. He can tie this up in litigation until he dies if he wants. Honestly, that farks up the rest of the nNBA more than him.


One of the few times I admire other, mostly third-world countries, where they'd just "disappear" Sterling.
 
2014-05-01 12:44:06 PM
Girlfriend?
 
2014-05-01 12:52:28 PM

IAmRight: NickelP: Dude could lose 99% of what he has and still retain fark you money. He is old as hell too. He can tie this up in litigation until he dies if he wants. Honestly, that farks up the rest of the nNBA more than him.

One of the few times I admire other, mostly third-world countries, where they'd just "disappear" Sterling.


Actually, in those countries it would be Sterling making the "disappearing" happen, and it would start with the hooker.
 
2014-05-01 12:57:19 PM

IamKaiserSoze!!!: Seriously, why would he say anything else unless he wanted togive the team away. He may be a racist asshole, but he didn't get rich by not understanding sales tactics.

Plus, his biatch will go down as the most costly prostitute ever.

This reminds me of the Kennedy scandals in which case there were no innocent victims, only assholes.


This is about where I am on it.

I mean its just like Jesus who do I feel bad for here?  I am coming up with no one so I just hope its as entertaining as fark for us all.

Lets start from the beginning (at least how I understand it).

We got Mr. & Mrs. Sterling.  They build their self up a substantial real estate empire and buy an NBA team.  Mrs. Sterling (who is supposedly very active in the RE business, ya know the one that settled millions worth of fair housing law suits) decides ya know what, I don't want to be with him, but I don't want a divorce.  The accountants say that get me taxed out the farking ass and would cost a boat load of money to divide up our company or appraise it.

Mr. Sterling meanwhile (or all along, who knows) says thats cool.  Lets skip that divorce thing and just do our own thing.  So he finds lil miss gold digger and pounds that as he sees fit.  Hell he even spends a couple mil on her.  Gets her a condo etc.  Meanwhile Mrs. Sterling says fark you just spent like 2 mil on your lil gold digger whore.  I am going to SUE!  Not sue Mr, of course, sue lil gold digger whore.  This way if she ever does want a divorce its well documented that he used $2mil in marital assets on his lil gold digger whore so he can bend him over a barrel.

Now lil miss gold digger whore is obviously not thrilled with taking 80 year old cock, but hey for a couple mil?  fark you do what you have to.  Mr. 80 year old cock is all 'hey as long as I penis it do what you want'.

Now something interesting happens.  Someone tells mr 80 year old cock that they are tired of seeing lil gold digger whore hanging out with black dudes and mr 80 year old cock actually gives a fark what they have to say.  Now this is surprising because you'd think a man worth a couple bil would tell most people to go get farked.   So he tells them to cut that shiat out.  It just so happens someone involved in this is a well connected former black player with a ton of money and a group that likes to buy sports franchises and wants to buy his.  Lil gold digger whore records this convo and sends it to the press.

Now the man mentioned specifically to be avoided, who wants to buy the franchise, is saying he wants to buy it when the fall out results in Mr. Racist potentially having to sell.

It's like they should do a half time show where everyone gets to toss eggs at everyone involved in this entire story.  They are all awful people farking each other in some awful way.
 
2014-05-01 12:58:19 PM
Loss of property rights deemed too soft for unpopular opinions held by 84 year old man.

Death penalty recommended.
 
2014-05-01 01:08:55 PM
In Sterling's latest proclamation, "can't a n****r get a break?"
 
2014-05-01 01:19:32 PM

The Muthaship: BlueFalconPunch: I asked the question yesterday, and no one was able to answer, so I'll ask again. Even if the NBA can't force the sale of the team, could his wife force the sale of the team via a divorce and divorce settlement?

Any lawyers out there that have a clue?

Probably.  Isn't that sort of what happened to the Dodgers?


Keep in mind that Sterling (not his birth name) started out and made his initial money as a celebrity divorce lawyer.  From what I've seen, he loves the courtroom. So chances are that he has a pre-nup.

Otherwise, the NBA can force the sale and the proceeds are community property. That said, I'm not sure what arrangements the Sterlings have - Cali does allow for separation agreements (I think, not licensed there) so there may be some deal that hasn't been reported.

The actual legal perspective on this depends on the NBA constitution and when it was in place. Sterling bought the Clippers back in the 80's, so if the constitution that allows forced sales was in place back then, Sterling agreed to the forced-sales provision. Otherwise, he has a valid point that he is not subject to the forced-sales provision.

TL;DR answer - whoever buys the Clips will pay up to about 50% premium over cost just to get Sterling and his wife to go away.
 
2014-05-01 01:21:23 PM
If Sterling doesn't sell I wouldn't be surprised if all the NBA players strike. And if that happens, the odds of some crazy ending Sterling's life skyrocket exponentially. Given how vile his comments were, I think there's probably already a very significant danger to his well being. Not that I give a shiat.
 
2014-05-01 01:26:07 PM

NickelP: I mean its just like Jesus who do I feel bad for here?  I am coming up with no one so I just hope its as entertaining as fark for us all.


The employees who have to try to make a living selling sponsorships as they watch all of their work get undone by a dumbass owner?

/remember, most sports employees don't make all that much money
 
2014-05-01 01:31:32 PM

NickelP: Now something interesting happens.  Someone tells mr 80 year old cock that they are tired of seeing lil gold digger whore hanging out with black dudes and mr 80 year old cock actually gives a fark what they have to say.


Best part though?  Those pictures appear to be taken at a (before or after) Dodgers game.  Like the team that Matt Kemp works for.  And the team that Magic is the public face of.  Why the fark did Sterling even give a damn why his mistress was taking a picture at a Dodgers game with Kemp and Magic, I will never understand.
 
2014-05-01 01:38:00 PM
NO surprise here, I doubt anyone thought he would give up the clippers with out a fight.

The NBA could perhaps do one things that would leave Sterling no choice but to sell, provided they are allowed to do it by the constitution of the sport.

That thing is to revoke the clippers franchise, or specifically toss them out of the league and invalidate the contracts of the players if need be.

Do that and the Clippers become virtually worthless and Sterling would surely sell the rights to the name and logo to recoup even a small amount of his losses.

The bad part of this is the backroom employees that would lose their jobs at least temporarily.   The players or most of them would be able to sign on with other teams in the NBA or overseas.
 
2014-05-01 02:07:49 PM
I am dissapoint and surprised at the lack of comments about what an ugly skank she is
 
2014-05-01 02:45:58 PM
BTW, I like how everyone wants to talk about how Sterling has a bunch of lawyers and likes suing...yeah, because the NBA doesn't have any competent lawyers.
 
2014-05-01 02:54:50 PM
Excellent article by some law talkin guy addressing most of the legal Qs posted: http://m.si.com/4164608/sterling-nba-set-for-epic-legal-fight-over-cl i ppers/
 
2014-05-01 03:23:43 PM

IAmRight: BTW, I like how everyone wants to talk about how Sterling has a bunch of lawyers and likes suing...yeah, because the NBA doesn't have any competent lawyers.


Granted, Sterling is a lawyer, so yeah.. but so is Sliver..

//mayhaps, Stern should have challenged Sterling earlier.. I don't know
 
2014-05-01 03:23:59 PM

IAmRight: BTW, I like how everyone wants to talk about how Sterling has a bunch of lawyers and likes suing...yeah, because the NBA doesn't have any competent lawyers.


In my post, I wasn't saying that he'd WIN, I was just imagining a scenario where he is able to stall this whole thing until next season starts.
 
2014-05-01 03:42:25 PM

Contrabulous Flabtraption: Excellent article by some law talkin guy addressing most of the legal Qs posted: http://m.si.com/4164608/sterling-nba-set-for-epic-legal-fight-over-cl i ppers/


Good read, thanks for posting. Though he seems to take the position that the Mrs. would like to avoid the sale of the team, wheras I think she may push for it just to push the issue and spite him. Just my humble opinion though.
 
2014-05-01 04:45:39 PM

Orgasmatron138: In my post, I wasn't saying that he'd WIN, I was just imagining a scenario where he is able to stall this whole thing until next season starts


Yeah, I wasn't necessarily referring to yours; there have been dozens over the past few days that mention it, and it's just kinda silly.

He can go to arbitration, where he'll lose, then he can take it to the courts, who aren't going to overturn an arbitrator's ruling. I also like the "even irredeemable assholes shouldn't have their property taken away" argument. Sure they should. How do you think Sterling has avoided being kicked out until now? By wielding his lawyers and the "justice" system against every person who ever dared to call him out on his sh*t. F*ck that guy. The courts/legal system should not be a tool for the wealthy to maintain their rule.

If he does maintain control, I'd hope all their sponsors drop, but that someone else hires the Clippers' sales staff, since they don't really deserve the loss of income.
 
2014-05-01 04:51:46 PM

IamKaiserSoze!!!: Seriously, why would he say anything else unless he wanted togive the team away. He may be a racist asshole, but he didn't get rich by not understanding sales tactics.


Pretty much this.  He either thinks he can win the lawsuit / sponsors back (unlikely), or is threatening to put up a major fight to make sure the price doesn't drop to nothing.
 
2014-05-01 04:56:35 PM
Sterling will sue. This is 100% certain.

And yes, there is actually a chance that he might even win. I'm not a lawyer (of course), but I don't see anything in the by-laws that say the owners can force another owner to sell in situations other than if the francise owner or the franchise itself is in dire financial trouble, and neither of those things are true here.

Whatever happens, it is going to be drawn out in the court system for a good, long time.
 
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