NBA Accepts Clippers Sale to Ballmer; Sterling Sues NBA for $1Billion

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The National Basketball Assn. announced a settlement with Shelly Sterling and the Sterling Family Trust on Friday afternoon to allow the Los Angeles Clippers to be sold to Steve Ballmer. A vote of the Board of Governors will be needed to make the sale final.


Former Microsoft chief executive officer Steve Ballmer wins a bidding war for the Los Angeles Clippers. (Credit: Microsoft via CNN)

In exchange, the NBA will end its attempt to terminate the Sterlings’ ownership of the franchise.

But minutes before the NBA’s statement on the matter, Donald Sterling sued the NBA and Commissioner Adam Silver for damages in excess of $1 billion in U.S. District Court in Los Angeles.

In the complaint obtained by The Times, Sterling alleged the NBA committed antitrust violations, breached contracts and denied his constitutional rights.

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