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Donald Sterling may not be happy about it, but former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer is officially the owner of the Los Angeles Clippers.

The NBA announced in a brief statement Tuesday that the sale of the team to Ballmer following Sterling's racist diatribe to her girlfriend had formally closed.

The transaction in which Steve Ballmer purchased the Los Angeles Clippers closed today following the entry of an order by a California court confirming the authority of Shelly Sterling, on behalf of the Sterling Family Trust, to sell the team. The NBA Board of Governors previously approved the sale and Ballmer is now the Clippers governor.

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Sterling hasn't gone quietly, and on Monday he requested a stay of a court order from July ruling that his wife could legally sell the team to Ballmer for $2 billion

The NBA moved to push Sterling out after an audio tape surfaced in which the married owner told his girlfriend to stop bringing black people, including Lakers legend Magic Johnson, to Clippers games. 

While Sterling can still appeal and will likely continue to sue the NBA for damages, the team is now firmly in Ballmer's control and the league will likely avoid any further protests or boycotts from NBA players.

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