Sterling Says the Forced Sale of Clippers is Illegal

Calling the forced sale illegal, Donald Sterling will challenge the NBA’s attempt to oust him.  He claims that the attempt is illegal because it is based on illegal recording of his racial comments “during an inflamed lovers’ quarrel.” According to Sterling’s response to the NBA, because the conversation was recorded without his knowledge, the recording is illegal under California law.  Without the knowledge, Sterling also argues, he could not have “willfully” offended the league. Sterling came under fire when a recording of his racist comments…
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Steve Ballmer Pays $2 Billion for Clippers

The biggest deal ever in the NBA history was announced: Steve Ballmer has signed a binding contract to sell the Clippers with Shelly Sterling for $2 billion.  While the sale is subject to an approval from the NBA, Donald Sterling’s attorneys argue that as a co-owner of the team, he must consent to the deal and he does not plan to do so. Maxwell Blecher, one of Donald Sterling’s lawyers, had conveyed earlier that his client intends to keep the team in his family and…
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NBA Makes a Strong Statement Banning Clippers Owner Sterling For Life

NBA Commissioner Adam Silver issued severe sanctions against Los Angeles Clippers’ owner Donald Sterling, banning him from the sport for life and fining him $2.5 million for the racist remarks Sterling admitted he uttered to his girlfriend.  In a statement to the press Silver noted, “As part of the lifetime ban, Mr. Sterling may not attend any NBA games or practices, be present at any Clippers office or facility, or participate in any business or player personnel decisions involving the team.  He will also be…
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The Worm Turns: Rodman’s Latest Antics Could Land Him in Hot Water with the Feds

The bizarre friendship between former NBA star Dennis Rodman and North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un may land the ex-baller in legal trouble.  During Rodman’s latest trip to Pyongyang earlier this month, Rodman supposedly brought a wide variety of gifts to help Kim celebrate the dictator’s 31st birthday. However, those gifts – which included a great deal of Jameson whiskey, European crystal, several expensive fashion items, and bottles of Rodman’s own liquor brand “Bad Ass Vodka” estimated to be worth over $10,000 – appear…
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The End of the Greatest Sports Deal of All Time

It’s been called the greatest deal in sports franchise history, and now, it may finally come to an end. The NBA has long hoped to be relieved of a 1976 agreement that gave two brothers one-seventh of the visual media revenues received by four NBA teams. The agreement didn’t seem outrageous in 1976, but in 2014, that agreement has given the brothers over $300 million in media revenue. Finally, the NBA and the two brothers, Daniel and Ozzie Silna, are coming to a settlement to…
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The “Greatest Sports Business Deal Of All Time” Coming to an End?

The NBA, and more specifically, four of its teams, were on the wrong side of an historic windfall.  And now, they’re looking to get out of it. When the ABA merged with the NBA in 1976, the plan was to keep four of the league’s seven teams: the Denver Nuggets, San Antonio Spurs, New York (later New Jersey and now Brooklyn) Nets and Indiana Pacers. The Virginia Squires were folded by the ABA before the end of the season due to financial problems.  The Kentucky…
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Jay-Z Branches Out Into Sports, Lands Cano and Cruz; Is LeBron Next?

Jay-Z has built an impressive empire as a rap mogul, and now he’s moving into sports, reaching an agreement with Creative Artists Agency (CAA), which represents more than 800 professional athletes. Jay-Z has wasted no time making moves, signing on New York Yankees second baseman Robinson Cano, and New York Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz as clients.  This move into the world of sports agency has not gone unnoticed. Cano was signed away from Scott Boras, universally regarded as baseball’s most powerful agent. And…
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Heat is Off the Spurs for Resting Star Players as Class-Action Suit is Dropped

On March 29, 2013, Attorney Larry McGuinness voluntarily withdrew a putative class action lawsuit against the NBA’s San Antonio Spurs.  The suit had accused the team of wrongfully benching several star players (Tim Duncan, Danny Green, Manu Ginobili, and Tony Parker) in a November 29, 2012 game against the defending NBA champion Miami heat.  Plaintiffs argued that the move caused the plaintiffs (i.e. the ticket holders to the event) economic damage because they had paid premium prices to attend the proposed star-studded event but…
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