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2014-05-29 07:11:17 PM  
i1182.photobucket.com
 
2014-05-29 07:29:47 PM  
$2 billion for the Clippers? In actual money or bitcoin?
 
2014-05-29 07:32:28 PM  

WTF Indeed: $2 billion for the Clippers? In actual money or bitcoin?


It's gotta be Bitcoin. No one in their right mind would pay $2 billion US for the Clippers.

... Right? o_o'
 
2014-05-29 07:38:38 PM  
Good for Steve. He's been a huge proponent of getting a team back in Seattle, so I'm glad to see that he finally got into the NBA ownership game. He's been on the fringes for years now. Hopefully he'll be the first to vote yes on an expansion franchise for Seattle.
 
2014-05-29 07:39:00 PM  
And they stay in the hands of a cranky old white man.
 
2014-05-29 07:39:03 PM  
i.imgur.com
 
2014-05-29 07:39:06 PM  

WTF Indeed: $2 billion for the Clippers? In actual money or bitcoin?


Microsoft Points.
 
2014-05-29 07:39:59 PM  

UNC_Samurai: WTF Indeed: $2 billion for the Clippers? In actual money or bitcoin?

Microsoft Points.


XBOX tokens. Donald Sterling can now rent Roots as many times as he wants.
 
2014-05-29 07:40:07 PM  
He's the guy who wanted the Kings in Seattle. Looks like the Clippers are moving. And being renamed to Clippy.
 
2014-05-29 07:41:44 PM  

netweavr: He's the guy who wanted the Kings in Seattle. Looks like the Clippers are moving. And being renamed to Clippy.


That would be awesome.
 
2014-05-29 07:42:41 PM  
So, let me get this straight.  Sterling being outed as a racist just earned him 2 Billion dollars? Wow.
 
2014-05-29 07:43:24 PM  
Seattle Developers?
 
2014-05-29 07:43:33 PM  

GhettoWinter: So, let me get this straight.  Sterling being outed as a racist just earned him 2 Billion dollars? Wow.


Welcome to Obama's America.
 
2014-05-29 07:44:36 PM  

GhettoWinter: So, let me get this straight.  Sterling being outed as a racist just earned him 2 Billion dollars? Wow.


Well, minus the $11 million he purchased the team for. So $1,989,000,000.

/Also, all the costs of running the franchise, but it's funnier if you don't think about that.
 
2014-05-29 07:46:15 PM  

Shame Us: GhettoWinter: So, let me get this straight.  Sterling being outed as a racist just earned him 2 Billion dollars? Wow.

Well, minus the $11 million he purchased the team for. So $1,989,000,000.

/Also, all the costs of running the franchise, but it's funnier if you don't think about that.


Actually, between profit sharing and being the crafty businessman that he was the Clippers under DS had a terrible winning percentage, but always made money.
 
2014-05-29 07:46:53 PM  

netweavr: He's the guy who wanted the Kings in Seattle. Looks like the Clippers are moving. And being renamed to Clippy.


Nope part of the deal and the reason Balmer was willing to drop 2 billion was them staying in los angeles.
 
2014-05-29 07:48:13 PM  

netweavr: He's the guy who wanted the Kings in Seattle. Looks like the Clippers are moving. And being renamed to Clippy.


No. That won't be happening. RTFA.
 
2014-05-29 07:49:23 PM  

GhettoWinter: So, let me get this straight.  Sterling being outed as a racist just earned him 2 Billion dollars? Wow.


If only capital gains were taxed properly like normal income.
 
2014-05-29 07:49:51 PM  
I don't know if he will move the team since the LA market is huge compared to Seattle's.
/Maybe he's hoping the Seahawks will win three in a row to grow the sports market there
 
2014-05-29 07:50:12 PM  

GhettoWinter: Shame Us: GhettoWinter: So, let me get this straight.  Sterling being outed as a racist just earned him 2 Billion dollars? Wow.

Well, minus the $11 million he purchased the team for. So $1,989,000,000.

/Also, all the costs of running the franchise, but it's funnier if you don't think about that.

Actually, between profit sharing and being the crafty businessman that he was the Clippers under DS had a terrible winning percentage, but always made money.


I guess that makes sense. On its face, you'd assume they operated at a loss, but it makes sense that being in LA kinda propped them up.
 
2014-05-29 07:50:31 PM  
imgs.xkcd.com

never thought i would get to use this in a sports thread.
 
2014-05-29 07:50:47 PM  

drjekel_mrhyde: I don't know if he will move the team since the LA market is huge compared to Seattle's.
/Maybe he's hoping the Seahawks will win three in a row to grow the sports market there


The NBA wouldn't allow him to move the team out of LA.
 
2014-05-29 07:51:18 PM  
i.imgur.com
 
2014-05-29 07:51:22 PM  
Now, I don't recall what happened back on 05/06.  But why the hell didn't Ballmer buy the Sonics back then?  From the coffee asshole.
 
2014-05-29 07:52:26 PM  

stappawho: Now, I don't recall what happened back on 05/06.  But why the hell didn't Ballmer buy the Sonics back then?  From the coffee asshole.


He headed up a "too little too late" bid for the team.
 
2014-05-29 07:53:04 PM  

stappawho: Now, I don't recall what happened back on 05/06.  But why the hell didn't Ballmer buy the Sonics back then?  From the coffee asshole.


The sonic's sucked at the time?
 
2014-05-29 07:53:49 PM  

Shame Us: GhettoWinter: Shame Us: GhettoWinter: So, let me get this straight.  Sterling being outed as a racist just earned him 2 Billion dollars? Wow.

Well, minus the $11 million he purchased the team for. So $1,989,000,000.

/Also, all the costs of running the franchise, but it's funnier if you don't think about that.

Actually, between profit sharing and being the crafty businessman that he was the Clippers under DS had a terrible winning percentage, but always made money.

I guess that makes sense. On its face, you'd assume they operated at a loss, but it makes sense that being in LA kinda propped them up.


This plus his penchant for being super cheap when it came to personnel. It was only when he started caring about prestige more than the money that he started paying for talent.
 
2014-05-29 07:54:04 PM  
All the players will now have the same uniform name and number:
imageshack.com
 
2014-05-29 07:54:36 PM  
That won't be the top bid when it's all said and done.
 
2014-05-29 07:55:54 PM  

Shame Us: stappawho: Now, I don't recall what happened back on 05/06.  But why the hell didn't Ballmer buy the Sonics back then?  From the coffee asshole.

He headed up a "too little too late" bid for the team.


When the writing was really on the wall that the team would be moved, people in power around here finally took notice.

I think another part of Ballmer's hesitation on buyng the team was the spector of an arena fight in a city that was warn out from paying for Safeco and the CLink. Trying to get public money for an overhaul ofe KeyArena or a new facility was going to be a torturous process. Not something you want to jump into right after spending $350 million on the team. Not to mention that the private contribution for the arena would have likely been more than $100 million. And Ballmer didn't really have the "I'll move the team" card in his back pocket.
 
2014-05-29 07:56:09 PM  

SenorBenedict: stappawho: Now, I don't recall what happened back on 05/06.  But why the hell didn't Ballmer buy the Sonics back then?  From the coffee asshole.

The sonic's sucked at the time?


No, they didn't start sucking until bennett gutted the team.
 
2014-05-29 07:56:09 PM  

Lost Thought 00: That won't be the top bid when it's all said and done.


I dunno 2 billion seems pretty hard to beat, especially for the clippers.
 
2014-05-29 07:56:22 PM  
This price freaks me out.  The only way you can recoup that is by doing what the lakers and dodgers have done and create your own tv channel and hold the local broadcasts hostage.  I see another blackout in the works for next year.
 
2014-05-29 07:57:30 PM  
Seattle will ultimately get an expansion team. With all the new money and the new TV deal in a couple years, the League would do well going up to 32 teams. Not sure where the other team would land.
 
2014-05-29 07:58:46 PM  

SenorBenedict: stappawho: Now, I don't recall what happened back on 05/06.  But why the hell didn't Ballmer buy the Sonics back then?  From the coffee asshole.

The sonic's sucked at the time?


The Sonics were one season removed from winning their division and advancing in the playoffs as a 3 seed.
 
2014-05-29 07:58:52 PM  

SenorBenedict: Lost Thought 00: That won't be the top bid when it's all said and done.

I dunno 2 billion seems pretty hard to beat, especially for the clippers.


I have to imagine the Chinese group has essentially unlimited money, and they have reasons beyond simple business to want the team.
 
2014-05-29 07:59:46 PM  

stappawho: SenorBenedict: stappawho: Now, I don't recall what happened back on 05/06.  But why the hell didn't Ballmer buy the Sonics back then?  From the coffee asshole.

The sonic's sucked at the time?

No, they didn't start sucking until bennett gutted the team.


2005-06 was a bad season, but 2004-05 was successful.
 
2014-05-29 08:00:17 PM  

GhettoWinter: So, let me get this straight.  Sterling being outed as a racist just earned him 2 Billion dollars? Wow.


Outing as a racist? That outing occurred long ago even if you just got outraged about it recently.

What earned him 2 billion was owning a valuable property for which there was a lot of demand.
 
2014-05-29 08:00:28 PM  

stappawho: Now, I don't recall what happened back on 05/06.  But why the hell didn't Ballmer buy the Sonics back then?  From the coffee asshole.


Because he knew he couldn't get a new stadium built either
 
2014-05-29 08:03:34 PM  

SenorBenedict: netweavr: He's the guy who wanted the Kings in Seattle. Looks like the Clippers are moving. And being renamed to Clippy.

Nope part of the deal and the reason Balmer was willing to drop 2 billion was them staying in los angeles.


I'm sure Seattle would like to remind people how the deal can be altered.
 
2014-05-29 08:06:27 PM  

GhettoWinter: So, let me get this straight.  Sterling being outed as a racist just earned him 2 Billion dollars? Wow.


naw, he was outed as a racist decades ago.   he just played it perfectly to maximize his profit.  he knew what he was doing all along.
 
2014-05-29 08:07:57 PM  
The Los Angeles Clippers: now Sterling AND Linux free!
 
2014-05-29 08:08:43 PM  
Jesus. Every owner in the NBA just got a billion dollars richer.
 
2014-05-29 08:09:03 PM  

bluorangefyre: SenorBenedict: netweavr: He's the guy who wanted the Kings in Seattle. Looks like the Clippers are moving. And being renamed to Clippy.

Nope part of the deal and the reason Balmer was willing to drop 2 billion was them staying in los angeles.

I'm sure Seattle would like to remind people how the deal can be altered.


And they pray it will be altered further.
 
2014-05-29 08:09:24 PM  
This will be a huge improvement from having the creepy looking Sterling at courtside.

i90.photobucket.com
 
2014-05-29 08:10:16 PM  
So every game between the Clippers and Blazers will now be a Paul Allen / Steve Ballmer throwdown?

I don't know whether to laugh or cry.
 
2014-05-29 08:12:17 PM  

drewsclues: Jesus. Every owner in the NBA just got a billion dollars richer.


Imagine if you were a legacy owner sitting on a property you really don't understand in a major market *cough*Knicks*cough*. This would be a fantastic time to reconsider divesting.
 
2014-05-29 08:12:28 PM  
Also, Ballmer should buy the NBA D-D-D-D-D-D-D-D-D League.
 
2014-05-29 08:13:10 PM  
BASKETBALLS BASKETBALLS BASKETBALLS
 
2014-05-29 08:13:38 PM  

Lost Thought 00: drewsclues: Jesus. Every owner in the NBA just got a billion dollars richer.

Imagine if you were a legacy owner sitting on a property you really don't understand in a major market *cough*Knicks*cough*. This would be a fantastic time to reconsider divesting.


no kidding. you think 3-4 billion for the knicks? holy shiat. how much for the yankees then? i can't even...
 
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