NBA Approves the Sale of L.A. Clippers, Ending Donald Sterling's Reign

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Finally, finally, the Sterling disaster is at an end. The NBA announced late on Friday that they have canceled Tuesday's hearing to terminate Sterling's ownership of the Clippers. Instead, they have come terms with Shelly Sterling and the Board of Governors will vote approve Steve Ballmer as the new owner of the team.

Earlier today, Donald Sterling said he would sue the NBA for $1 billion, and it appears his lawyers have indeed filed a complaint. The NBA issued their decision very soon after, and the deal with Shelly Sterling comes with an indemnification agreement. This agreement says the Sterling family won't sue the NBA and has agreed "to indemnify the NBA against lawsuits from others, including from Donald Sterling."

That indemnification means that if Donald Sterling does sue, Shelly Sterling will be responsible for protecting the NBA from any and all financial losses. And it seems like Donald Sterling really can't stop this from happening: he signed an agreement with Shelly agreeing to sell and a doctor has found him mentally incompetent, meaning he no longer has access to the Sterling family trust. 

So... its over. We hope. We really, really hope. 

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