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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...
 
2014-05-29 08:13:47 PM  
It's worth noting that the deal isn't actually done until Mr Sterling says its done
 
2014-05-29 08:13:57 PM  

WhyteRaven74: Seattle Developers?


Developers
Developers
Developers
Developers
 
2014-05-29 08:14:24 PM  

GhettoWinter: 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.


Dodgers are still not available on most people not in a TWC area. And people actually want to watch the Dodgers in this town. There will be no clamoring for the Clippers, other than "oh, hey, were they playing a team I wanted to watch tonight?". Might as well just re-up with Fox Sports West; Time Warner isn't going to want to force another channel down Angelinos' throats when the Dodgers one isn't working out too well.
 
2014-05-29 08:15:54 PM  

jso2897: 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.


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.


cdn01.cdnwp.celebuzz.com
 
2014-05-29 08:16:13 PM  

bongmiester: WhyteRaven74: Seattle Developers?

Developers
Developers
Developers
Developers


Basketball!! Basketball!! Basketball!! Basketball!! Basketball!! Basketball!! Basketball!!
 
2014-05-29 08:25:03 PM  

Cybernetic: 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.


Laugh. They're both good teams on the rise.
 
2014-05-29 08:28:47 PM  
Don't seems like much if you think about the price of Whatsapp
 
2014-05-29 08:40:16 PM  
He couldn't even afford Beats with that money.
 
2014-05-29 08:58:21 PM  
Now they'll switch from a basketball like everybody else uses to an ugly unbounceable cube which flashes stuff you don't care about like "Now trending: Miley Cirus" and if you glance at the scoreboard, it will occupy your entire field of vision and you won't be able to see the gameplay again until you switch back to it.  There will be no visual cues how to accomplish this, of course.
 
2014-05-29 09:05:27 PM  

bongmiester: WhyteRaven74: Seattle Developers?

Developers
Developers
Developers
Developers


I'd be really sad if they didn't play that at least once per game.
 
2014-05-29 09:19:32 PM  
Has anyone posted that joke about Microsoft Clippy becoming the new mascot yet?
 
2014-05-29 09:21:58 PM  

netweavr: jso2897: 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.

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.


A large portion of that $2 billion is the perceived worth of renegotiating the TV contract that expires soon. The TV deal is worth a hell of a lot more as an LA team in an LA market. There's no financial incentive to moving the team to Seattle.
 
2014-05-29 09:23:49 PM  

cashman: Has anyone posted that joke about Microsoft Clippy becoming the new mascot yet?


Clippy was actually the brainchild of Melissa Gates prior to her marriage.  I don't think Steve will be naming a mascot after his former-partner's wife's worst idea.
 
2014-05-29 09:24:00 PM  

hammettman: This will be a huge improvement from having the creepy looking Sterling at courtside.

[i90.photobucket.com image 350x262]


I don't even watch basketball, but if he did this courtside, I might:

i.imgur.com
 
2014-05-29 09:29:19 PM  
Well. This should be colorful.
 
2014-05-29 09:58:05 PM  

The Slush: hammettman: This will be a huge improvement from having the creepy looking Sterling at courtside.

[i90.photobucket.com image 350x262]

I don't even watch basketball, but if he did this courtside, I might:

[i.imgur.com image 320x238]


What if he throws a chair at the opposing team's bench?
 
2014-05-29 09:58:10 PM  
Sterling has agreed to the sale off the NBA to rubber stamp it.
 
2014-05-29 10:07:56 PM  
I kind of had a feeling Sterling would sell sooner rather than later, because he knows as well as anyone that he ultimately will not prevail in a protracted legal battle with the NBA, and it would only drive the value down.

He's a racist scumbag, but he's not stupid.  Well, at least not when it comes to selling stuff.  He's stupid as hell in many other things, however.
 
2014-05-29 10:09:33 PM  
So the Milwaukee Bucks are only worth a quarter of what LA's sloppy seconds are worth?  Sound about right.

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.


And so was Bennett in Seattle.  How long does Ballmer have to keep the team in Seattle?
 
2014-05-29 10:11:51 PM  

UNC_Samurai: netweavr: jso2897: 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.

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.

A large portion of that $2 billion is the perceived worth of renegotiating the TV contract that expires soon. The TV deal is worth a hell of a lot more as an LA team in an LA market. There's no financial incentive to moving the team to Seattle.


He might be able to use the threat of moving to Seattle to get a tax payer funded arena in Anaheim.
 
2014-05-29 10:12:09 PM  

syrynxx: cashman: Has anyone posted that joke about Microsoft Clippy becoming the new mascot yet?

Clippy was actually the brainchild of Melissa Gates prior to her marriage.  I don't think Steve will be naming a mascot after his former-partner's wife's worst idea.


Nobody said anything about Bob. Also, it's Melinda.
 
2014-05-29 10:23:49 PM  

bighairyguy: All the players will now have the same uniform name and number:
[imageshack.com image 186x305]


Their drivers won't be compatible with the court, always flopping.
 
2014-05-29 10:27:21 PM  

bighairyguy: And they stay in the hands of a cranky old white man.


And you'd be less annoyed if they moved into the hands of an amiable, young black woman?  Do you care how racist and sexist you seem?  If not, QFT.
 
2014-05-29 10:34:01 PM  
~ The Art of the Deal ~
i.imgbox.com
"Okay, okay TWO billion, look I gotta go pee."
 
2014-05-29 11:20:48 PM  
$2B buys you a whole new class of nookie girls.
 
2014-05-29 11:28:24 PM  
ESPN is reporting that Donald Sterling was declared mentally incapacitated, so he can't block the sale if that's true.
 
2014-05-29 11:28:32 PM  

rkiller1: bighairyguy: And they stay in the hands of a cranky old white man.

And you'd be less annoyed if they moved into the hands of an amiable, young black woman?  Do you care how racist and sexist you seem?  If not, QFT.


No, I don't care how racist you've assumed I am because you suck at reading comprehension.

/And you know what they say about assumptions
/Except in this case, it's just you
 
2014-05-29 11:34:15 PM  
i.imgur.com
 
2014-05-29 11:34:19 PM  

rkiller1: bighairyguy: And they stay in the hands of a cranky old white man.

And you'd be less annoyed if they moved into the hands of an amiable, young black woman?  Do you care how racist and sexist you seem?  If not, QFT.


I too hate honkies and old people
 
2014-05-29 11:41:37 PM  
Good luck to the rest on the NBA owners. A very dangerous precedent has been created
 
2014-05-29 11:42:47 PM  

Lost Thought 00: 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.


San Diego?
 
2014-05-29 11:44:29 PM  

bmr68: Good luck to the rest on the NBA owners. A very dangerous precedent has been created


No precedent, dangerous or otherwise, has been created here.
 
2014-05-29 11:46:46 PM  

bigbadideasinaction: bongmiester: WhyteRaven74: Seattle Developers?

Developers
Developers
Developers
Developers

I'd be really sad if they didn't play that at least once per game.


Needs to be a fan chant.
 
2014-05-29 11:59:19 PM  

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


I still can't believe Steinbrenner died in the ONE YEAR the inheritance tax was ZERO.
 
2014-05-30 12:00:28 AM  

jso2897: bmr68: Good luck to the rest on the NBA owners. A very dangerous precedent has been created

No precedent, dangerous or otherwise, has been created here.


A private conversation was made public and what he said led to his team being sold out from under him.

I guess you and I have a different meaning of the word "precedent"
 
2014-05-30 12:09:35 AM  

Lost Thought 00: It's worth noting that the deal isn't actually done until Mr Sterling says its done


or apparently not since the rumor is that donald boy has been ruled mentally incompetent which makes ms sterling the sole trustee of the family trust.
 
2014-05-30 12:16:44 AM  

jso2897: Lost Thought 00: 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.

San Diego?


Don't wanna land in no San Diego
Don't wanna land in no Buzzards Bay

Maybe Cincinnati or Pittsburgh?
 
2014-05-30 12:16:48 AM  

jso2897: Lost Thought 00: 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.

San Diego?


KC
 
2014-05-30 12:34:47 AM  

bighairyguy: And they stay in the hands of a cranky old white man.


Ballmer never struck me as cranky. More like permanent cocaine high.
 
2014-05-30 12:38:12 AM  

Shame Us: 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.


This cities hard-on for trying to get the NBA and NHL to get with the Key Arena program is farking sick. I am so farking sick of the city council on this issue. That place is not gonna make it. We have a farking stadium district. We have people who are willing to build a stadium with their own money but they said "no - there has to be 2 teams willing to move in at the same time or we won't do it. But look,! We have this lovely Key Arena in the middle of the Seattle Center!". fark the city council.
 
2014-05-30 12:40:55 AM  

capngroovy: jso2897: Lost Thought 00: 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.

San Diego?

Don't wanna land in no San Diego
Don't wanna land in no Buzzards Bay

Maybe Cincinnati or Pittsburgh?


*looks into crystal ball*

I'm seeing throwback Kentucky Colonels jerseys within this decade.

/NBA-ready arena
 
2014-05-30 12:56:11 AM  

You see dem stains on there: capngroovy: jso2897: Lost Thought 00: 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.

San Diego?

Don't wanna land in no San Diego
Don't wanna land in no Buzzards Bay

Maybe Cincinnati or Pittsburgh?

*looks into crystal ball*

I'm seeing throwback Kentucky Colonels jerseys within this decade.

/NBA-ready arena


I don't see Pittsburgh supporting an NBA team very well. Cinci, maybe would. I think Nashville would make for a solid contender to support a team.
 
2014-05-30 12:56:16 AM  
ballmer is george bluth senior.
silver is buster bluth.

...and you will never look at the two the same.
 
2014-05-30 01:14:49 AM  

tenton: GhettoWinter: 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.

Dodgers are still not available on most people not in a TWC area. And people actually want to watch the Dodgers in this town. There will be no clamoring for the Clippers, other than "oh, hey, were they playing a team I wanted to watch tonight?". Might as well just re-up with Fox Sports West; Time Warner isn't going to want to force another channel down Angelinos' throats when the Dodgers one isn't working out too well.


Actually you are thinking about this wrong. This isn't about a clippers channel. TWC desperately wants another local team to drive up the pressure on other providers to buy the channel so they will be bidding on the TV rights.  Remember basketball covers the dead period between baseball so it is very valuable to an infant sports network that has struggled to force other networks to carry it.  The Clippers media package is more valuable with TWC sports now in the market especially since it has struggled to force other cable and satellite providers to carry it. The more content that TWC can lock up, the more valuable the channel will be and that makes the price of the Clippers next contract able to cover this enormous insane price we are hearing.  At least that is what Ballmer is probably thinking and with discussions concerning the future media rights.  No one throws down 2 billion unless they have a plan on how to recoup it.  We saw it with the Dodgers price tag, I am confident we will see it with the Clippers.
 
2014-05-30 01:40:25 AM  

Daedalus27: tenton: GhettoWinter: 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.

Dodgers are still not available on most people not in a TWC area. And people actually want to watch the Dodgers in this town. There will be no clamoring for the Clippers, other than "oh, hey, were they playing a team I wanted to watch tonight?". Might as well just re-up with Fox Sports West; Time Warner isn't going to want to force another channel down Angelinos' throats when the Dodgers one isn't working out too well.

Actually you are thinking about this wrong. This isn't about a clippers channel. TWC desperately wants another local team to drive up the pressure on other providers to buy the channel so they will be bidding on the TV rights.  Remember basketball covers the dead period between baseball so it is very valuable to an infant sports network that has struggled to force other networks to carry it.  The Clippers media package is more valuable with TWC sports now in the market especially since it has struggled to force other cable and satellite providers to carry it. The more content that TWC can lock up, the more valuable the channel will be and that makes the price of the Clippers next contract able to cover this enormous insane price we are hearing.  At least that is what Ballmer is probably thinking and with discussions concerning the future media rights.  No one throws down 2 billion unless they have a plan on how to recoup it.  We saw it with the Dodgers price tag, I am confident we will see it with the Clippers.


TWC already has the basketball part in LA sewn up. That's the Lakers channel. And all the struggles with getting the other providers to buy in for the Lakers channel is pretty much the reason why the Dodgers channel hasn't been picked up yet by most of the other providers. TWC could try it, but they if they can't get providers to pick up a channel with a team that people want to try, how are they going to convince any provider to pick up the Clippers channel? What does the Clippers channel offer that the Lakers channel (same sport, much more interest; this is a Lakers town, not a Clippers one and that won't change no matter how good the Clippers are and how bad the Lakers are) does not to the providers not named TWC?
 
2014-05-30 01:57:51 AM  

tenton: Daedalus27: tenton: GhettoWinter: 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.

Dodgers are still not available on most people not in a TWC area. And people actually want to watch the Dodgers in this town. There will be no clamoring for the Clippers, other than "oh, hey, were they playing a team I wanted to watch tonight?". Might as well just re-up with Fox Sports West; Time Warner isn't going to want to force another channel down Angelinos' throats when the Dodgers one isn't working out too well.

Actually you are thinking about this wrong. This isn't about a clippers channel. TWC desperately wants another local team to drive up the pressure on other providers to buy the channel so they will be bidding on the TV rights.  Remember basketball covers the dead period between baseball so it is very valuable to an infant sports network that has struggled to force other networks to carry it.  The Clippers media package is more valuable with TWC sports now in the market especially since it has struggled to force other cable and satellite providers to carry it. The more content that TWC can lock up, the more valuable the channel will be and that makes the price of the Clippers next contract able to cover this enormous insane price we are hearing.  At least that is what Ballmer is probably thinking and with discussions concerning the future media rights.  No one throws down 2 billion unless they have a plan on how to recoup it.  We saw it with the Dodgers price tag, I am confident we will see it with the Clippers.

TWC already has the basketball part in LA sewn up. That's the Lakers channel. And all the struggles with getting the other providers to buy in for the Lakers channel is pretty much the reason why the Dodgers channel hasn't been picked up yet by most of the other providers. TWC cou ...


Correct me if I'm wrong, but I think  Daedalus27 is proposing this:

The Clippers wouldn't get a stand alone channel, they would be an addition to the Dodgers channel.  This helps sweeten the deal TWC can offer other cable companies in the hopes that they would pick up the Dodger channel. The Dodgers and Clippers may not be able to carry a network on their own, but together it might work. It helps that the NBA regular season takes place during the baseball offseason.

Cable companies will balk at taking a one sport channel, but might take a two sport channel. The Dodgers might not be able to support a network by themselves, but they might be able to if the Clippers joined them.   The Lakers can't join the Dodger channel since they already have their own. It's not about the Lakers v. the Clippers, it's about the Dodgers v. the Dodgers and Clippers.

/Of course, the TV rights for the also-ran in the Dodger channel lineup probably won't be worth as much as the TV rights for the Dodgers themselves.
 
2014-05-30 02:20:24 AM  
llortcM_yllort:

He might be able to use the threat of moving to Seattle to get a tax payer funded arena in Anaheim.

Why does he need to get a tax payer funded arena in Anaheim?  Henri Samueli owns the Pond and wants an NBA tenant.
 
2014-05-30 02:39:44 AM  
Waiting for the team to be renamed and re-logoed. "Clippers" and pink and blue always sucked.

Maybe call them the L.A. Dragons?
 
2014-05-30 03:49:55 AM  

Daedalus27: tenton: GhettoWinter: 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.

Dodgers are still not available on most people not in a TWC area. And people actually want to watch the Dodgers in this town. There will be no clamoring for the Clippers, other than "oh, hey, were they playing a team I wanted to watch tonight?". Might as well just re-up with Fox Sports West; Time Warner isn't going to want to force another channel down Angelinos' throats when the Dodgers one isn't working out too well.

Actually you are thinking about this wrong. This isn't about a clippers channel. TWC desperately wants another local team to drive up the pressure on other providers to buy the channel so they will be bidding on the TV rights.  Remember basketball covers the dead period between baseball so it is very valuable to an infant sports network that has struggled to force other networks to carry it.  The Clippers media package is more valuable with TWC sports now in the market especially since it has struggled to force other cable and satellite providers to carry it. The more content that TWC can lock up, the more valuable the channel will be and that makes the price of the Clippers next contract able to cover this enormous insane price we are hearing.  At least that is what Ballmer is probably thinking and with discussions concerning the future media rights.  No one throws down 2 billion unless they have a plan on how to recoup it.  We saw it with the Dodgers price tag, I am confident we will see it with the Clippers.


Difficulty: It's not "the channel." TWC isn't amalgamating all of these TV rights into one super-channel. Each of these teams has their own channel, which means if they get the Clippers, they have more leverage in that they have more of LA's teams and there isn't competing content for the other providers to carry, but it's not like "Okay, fine, we'll pay $5/subscriber for that one super-channel." It'd be more like $5/head for the Lakers channel, $5/head for the Dodgers channel, $?/head for the Clippers channel, and then they'd probably have a mothership channel with the Galaxy and any other content. So the total bill probably ends up coming in closer to $20/subscriber for any network that wanted to carry those teams, and I don't know if TWC has the juice to hold hostage the right for all four of those teams to force a provider to ante up for all of them and not just, say, the Lakers.
 
2014-05-30 04:10:16 AM  

martin55: Daedalus27: tenton: GhettoWinter: 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.

Dodgers are still not available on most people not in a TWC area. And people actually want to watch the Dodgers in this town. There will be no clamoring for the Clippers, other than "oh, hey, were they playing a team I wanted to watch tonight?". Might as well just re-up with Fox Sports West; Time Warner isn't going to want to force another channel down Angelinos' throats when the Dodgers one isn't working out too well.

Actually you are thinking about this wrong. This isn't about a clippers channel. TWC desperately wants another local team to drive up the pressure on other providers to buy the channel so they will be bidding on the TV rights.  Remember basketball covers the dead period between baseball so it is very valuable to an infant sports network that has struggled to force other networks to carry it.  The Clippers media package is more valuable with TWC sports now in the market especially since it has struggled to force other cable and satellite providers to carry it. The more content that TWC can lock up, the more valuable the channel will be and that makes the price of the Clippers next contract able to cover this enormous insane price we are hearing.  At least that is what Ballmer is probably thinking and with discussions concerning the future media rights.  No one throws down 2 billion unless they have a plan on how to recoup it.  We saw it with the Dodgers price tag, I am confident we will see it with the Clippers.

Difficulty: It's not "the channel." TWC isn't amalgamating all of these TV rights into one super-channel. Each of these teams has their own channel, which means if they get the Clippers, they have more leverage in that they have more of LA's teams and there isn't competing content ...


Given the difficulty they are having moving these expensively purchased rights, they may have to consolidate to apply enough pressure and attractiveness to other providers.  Obviously the Dodgers aren't moving the needle enough to be able to sell the channel.  The Lakers are facing a difficult couple seasons so their channel was created at one of the worst moments in franchise history with Kobe fading away and nothing in the pipeline.  The Clippers are on the rise with a solid core, but can't carry a channel as there just isn't the history and devoted fan base.  So instead of packaging the LA sports separate, a super channel that gets say $7 is better than being unable to sell 3 $5 dollar channels and only having them on your own network.
 
2014-05-30 04:17:10 AM  

Dull Cow Eyes: Waiting for the team to be renamed and re-logoed. "Clippers" and pink and blue always sucked.

Maybe call them the L.A. Dragons?


The LA "Hardwood Surface Pros"
 
2014-05-30 05:41:13 AM  
Congratulations everyone screaming for his head just made a rich old asshole even richer, all this BS screaming took a lower priced major market NBA team and made them a huge PR move.

If I didn't know better I would say the rich old racist planned it the whole time, damn whitey always getting over.
 
2014-05-30 07:49:26 AM  
This team was always going to sell for billions. The farking Milwaukee Bucks just sold for 550m and they're terrible and located in one of the nba's smallest markets.
 
2014-05-30 08:16:57 AM  

bmr68: jso2897: bmr68: Good luck to the rest on the NBA owners. A very dangerous precedent has been created

No precedent, dangerous or otherwise, has been created here.

A private conversation was made public and what he said led to his team being sold out from under him.

I guess you and I have a different meaning of the word "precedent"


You think that no franchise owner has ever been kicked to the curb for making the parent company look bad?  Reach your finger out in front of you, and you just might pop that bubble you're living in.  Yes, heinous comments being publicized might change your life.  Alert the press.
 
2014-05-30 08:17:34 AM  

bmr68: jso2897: bmr68: Good luck to the rest on the NBA owners. A very dangerous precedent has been created

No precedent, dangerous or otherwise, has been created here.

A private conversation was made public and what he said led to his team being sold out from under him.

I guess you and I have a different meaning of the word "precedent"


And, if earning $2B on the sale of property is a "dangerous precedent", can I have someone levy a dangerous precedent against me?
 
2014-05-30 08:44:32 AM  
So............. no new non-white, non-Jewish, and/or non-male ownership?  Same shiat, different boss?  Kind of (very) disappointing.
 
2014-05-30 12:03:40 PM  

steamingpile: Congratulations everyone screaming for his head just made a rich old asshole even richer, all this BS screaming took a lower priced major market NBA team and made them a huge PR move.

If I didn't know better I would say the rich old racist planned it the whole time, damn whitey always getting over.


I'm not sure I buy this argument, though.  Donald Sterling will go down as one of the few owners in professional sports that had his team taken away from him.  Years from now, when people mention his name, they will say "Oh yeah, that's the racist guy who had the Clippers taken away from him".

If he wanted to sell the team, he could have done so without the trouble of of the last few weeks.  I would imagine that because of the Dodgers, Lakers, and Angels TV deals that have come down in the last few years that folks would have tripped all over themselves to buy the team (just like they did this week).  Not to mention that the national TV deals are expiring relatively soon and paying for the "talent" in the NBA is a relatively fixed cost with the salary cap.
 
2014-05-30 12:28:05 PM  

karmachameleon: bmr68: jso2897: bmr68: Good luck to the rest on the NBA owners. A very dangerous precedent has been created

No precedent, dangerous or otherwise, has been created here.

A private conversation was made public and what he said led to his team being sold out from under him.

I guess you and I have a different meaning of the word "precedent"

You think that no franchise owner has ever been kicked to the curb for making the parent company look bad?  Reach your finger out in front of you, and you just might pop that bubble you're living in.  Yes, heinous comments being publicized might change your life.  Alert the press.


Almost every sports franchise in the U.S. is owned by a family trust. Very few sports teams are owned by corporations. Before Sterling no owner has EVER lost his team for what they said.
 
2014-05-30 12:43:34 PM  
Magic Johnson tweeted that Steve Ballmer was a smart businessman.

Indeed - Clippers seem like a bargain in this chart:

$8.5B  Skype Technologies
$7.2B  Nokia's  mobile phone unit
$6.3B  aQuantive
$2.0B  Los Angeles Clippers
$1.2B  Yammer
$0.6B  17% of Barnes&Noble's Nook
 
2014-05-30 01:13:58 PM  

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


He'll be hit with a massive capital gains tax if that comforts you.
 
2014-05-30 03:41:06 PM  
Seattle Clippers has a nice ring to it
 
2014-05-30 07:42:12 PM  

bmr68: karmachameleon: bmr68: jso2897: bmr68: Good luck to the rest on the NBA owners. A very dangerous precedent has been created

No precedent, dangerous or otherwise, has been created here.

A private conversation was made public and what he said led to his team being sold out from under him.

I guess you and I have a different meaning of the word "precedent"

You think that no franchise owner has ever been kicked to the curb for making the parent company look bad?  Reach your finger out in front of you, and you just might pop that bubble you're living in.  Yes, heinous comments being publicized might change your life.  Alert the press.

Almost every sports franchise in the U.S. is owned by a family trust. Very few sports teams are owned by corporations. Before Sterling no owner has EVER lost his team for what they said.


Before Sterling, no owner had ever said something like that and had it publicized.
 
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