It's a rare event when a major sports franchise goes on sale in one of America's biggest and richest cities. So now that the NBA will force (or attempt to force) Donald Sterling to sell the Los Angeles Clippers, it seems everyone with a checking account and a Twitter handle is saying they want a piece of the action. Good luck with that.
NBA commissioner Adam Silver announced Tuesday that the league's board of governor's will vote to remove Donald Sterling as owner of the team as outlined by the NBA constitution. Most of the league has come forward to publicly support Silver now, indicating he should have no problem getting three-fourths majority vote (or 22 team owners) need to banish Sterling.
At that point, Sterling will be forced to sell (despite Sterling telling Jim Gray the team is "not for sale"), likely before the start of next season. The current estimate is that he will get well over $1 billion. Sterling will make a small fortune on the sale, yes, but that doesn't mean it's a victory for him, as Yahoo!'s Adrian Wojnarowski sums up.
The richest slumlord in American sports ownership will make a killing on the sale, but Sterling has lost his courtside seats, his trumped-up charitable photo-ops and celebrity status in Hollywood. He's lost his make-believe importance in the make-believe city.
On to the next one, as they say. Someone new will have a chance to sit courtside at Clippers games in Los Angeles and pal around with Chris Paul, Blake Griffin, and the Hollywood starlets who want to see and be seen on TV. Which is really what owning a sports team is all about, right? That's probably why the people below have all thrown their hats in the to the ring — some more seriously than others. Here's a list of all the people (we know of) who have expressed an interest in NBA ownership.