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  •  Posturing (1+ / 0-)
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    ericlewis0

    That vote should be phrased as "All in favor of fighting Donald Sterling in court say 'Aye'.  ...and opposed?"

    Look at the legal analysis out there on this.  Not players or sports-casters just talking about what they think should happen.

    This is just more pressure to make him want to sell and I hope it works.  ...but the NBA does NOT want this fight.

    Красота спасет мир --F. Dostoevsky

    by Wisper on Tue Apr 29, 2014 at 11:51:45 AM PDT

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    •  well, we will see what shakes out, for sure (4+ / 0-)

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      by dagnome on Tue Apr 29, 2014 at 12:00:48 PM PDT

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    •  The DeVos family has contributed to AntiGay.... (1+ / 0-)
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      Groups.  Can it be forced to sell the Orlando Magic?

      Wisper, I agree with you in that the 75% threshold is to demand selling a team that is struggling financially.

      I can't see it applied otherwise.

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      by PatriciaVa on Tue Apr 29, 2014 at 12:27:49 PM PDT

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    •  You are wrong... (2+ / 0-)
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      It is not just for financial stability.  

      http://espn.go.com/...

      "[I]n the absence of genuine leadership, they'll listen to anyone who steps up to the microphone...They're so thirsty for it they'll crawl through the desert toward a mirage, and when they discover there's no water, they'll drink the sand."

      by cardboardurinal on Tue Apr 29, 2014 at 12:42:12 PM PDT

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      •  This is the relevant section (4+ / 0-)
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        Under the terms of Paragraph 13 of the constitution, the owners can terminate another owner's franchise with a vote of three-fourths of the NBA Board of Governors, which is composed of all 30 owners. The power to terminate is limited to things like gambling and fraud in the application for ownership, but it also includes a provision for termination when an owner "fails to fulfill" a "contractual obligation" in "such a way as to affect the [NBA] or its members adversely." Silver and the owners could assert that Sterling's statements violated the constitution's requirements to conduct business on a "reasonable" and "ethical" level.

        Any owner or Silver can initiate the termination procedure with a written charge describing the violation. Sterling would have five days to respond to the charge with a written answer. The commissioner would then schedule a special meeting of the NBA Board of Governors within 10 days. Both sides would have a chance to present their evidence, and then the board would vote. If three-fourths of the board members vote to terminate, then Sterling would face termination of his ownership. It would require a vote of two-thirds of the board to reduce the termination to a fine. Terminating a franchise would obviously be a drastic remedy, but the potential of the termination procedure gives Silver and the other owners vast leverage in any discussion with Sterling about an involuntary sale of his team.

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        by ExpatGirl on Tue Apr 29, 2014 at 01:40:04 PM PDT

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      •  What obligation did Sterling "fail to fulfill"? (1+ / 0-)
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        I don't see it.

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        by PatriciaVa on Tue Apr 29, 2014 at 01:42:20 PM PDT

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        •  without... (3+ / 0-)
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          being able to see everything associated with Sterling's buying the team, I would say this: "'fails to fulfill' a 'contractual obligation' in "such a way as to affect the [NBA] or its members adversely."  It is beyond doubt that he has affected the NBA and its members adversely.  

          "[I]n the absence of genuine leadership, they'll listen to anyone who steps up to the microphone...They're so thirsty for it they'll crawl through the desert toward a mirage, and when they discover there's no water, they'll drink the sand."

          by cardboardurinal on Tue Apr 29, 2014 at 01:59:55 PM PDT

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          •  Exactly (6+ / 0-)

            The Clippers have lost sponsors left and right.  The players were/are seriously considering boycotting the next playoff game.  If the Clippers' players boycotted the game, that would affect the other team, and the whole playoffs.
            Most of the public would be outraged if the commish does nothing.

            I'd say he's affected the NBA and it's members adversely too.

            •  And it could get worse (1+ / 0-)
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              Imagine every Clipper demanding to be traded after the season ends. Imagine the whole NBA fan base boycotting whenever the Clippers come to town. Then there's the whole league image taking a beating. The value of the NBA as a whole would fall and the Clippers would plummet. The Clippers are total brand. They don't own an arena, they rent from the Lakers/Kings aka Staples Center. The really own nothing but the name, logo and player contracts. They could go from what they are valued now to what it's worth to pay to be an expansion team in a flash. Donald Sterling just got promoted to NBA fan and good riddance to the worst owner is sports.

              •  An NBA... (0+ / 0-)

                fan who can only watch from home.

                "[I]n the absence of genuine leadership, they'll listen to anyone who steps up to the microphone...They're so thirsty for it they'll crawl through the desert toward a mirage, and when they discover there's no water, they'll drink the sand."

                by cardboardurinal on Wed Apr 30, 2014 at 10:22:47 AM PDT

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        •  Well, on a larger level, he failed to fulfill the (1+ / 0-)
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          obligation of human decency when he trashed POC and owns and earns vast sums of money from a team populated by many POC. Do you get this?

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          by rubyr on Tue Apr 29, 2014 at 02:55:00 PM PDT

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        •  The franchise is a separate entity. (0+ / 0-)

          All those sponsors deserting the Clippers are harming the franchise.

          All the talk of boycotts and public protests are harming the franchise.

          We say that he "owns a team," but he's really a franchisee, much like your local McDonald's or Arby's. Anything he does to hurt the brand--the franchise--affects not only him, but also the next owners (who will have to win back public trust), the other current owners (who wants to see ticket sales tank when the Clippers come to town?), and the league (the Clippers are a popular team, but what if TV ratings nosedive becuase of this?).

          From that perspective, the NBA has a strong case as far as I can see...

          The word "parent" is supposed to be a VERB, people...

          by wesmorgan1 on Tue Apr 29, 2014 at 06:12:08 PM PDT

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