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  •  My prediction is he sells regardless - some points (17+ / 0-)

    Even if the Board of Governors fails to force Sterling to sell my guess is he hangs on fighting for a few more months tops before giving in.  A few key points here...

    1. The Clippers have already lost nearly every sponsor.  This hurts the team financially.

    2. A major reason for Sterling owning the team, for those familiar with him, ifs that he LOVES being seen at games.  Being barred from attending games no doubt makes hanging on to the team less attractive to Sterling.

    3. He's a control freak.  Sterling loves having control over day to day operations.  Being barred from directly making decisions concering the team takes away any real meaning of ownership of the franchise.

    4. Boycotts will only continue after the playoffs are over.  Coach Doc Rivers has already stated he isn't sure he'll return next season if Sterling isn't out of the picture.  I'm sure the players will likewise put pressure on Sterling to leave.

    5. The franchise is worth a LOT of money.  The Clippers have the best roster in team history right now.  The team can probably be sold for at least $700 million right now.  Sterling has to realize the longer he waits to sell the more the team value will drop due to loss of sponsors and boycotts.

    •  And loss of value (0+ / 0-)

      as free agents leave and other players refuse to sign with the Clippers.

      There's only one rule that I know of, babies -- goddammit, you've got to be kind. -- Kurt Vonnegut

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

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    •  Many lawsuits have been filed in the era... (0+ / 0-)

      of professional sports covering a wide range of topics.  The basic problem with suing the NBA (or NFL, or MLB), is that they are exempt from anti trust clauses, and can make the rules as they so wish, provided of course, it is not unreasonably extreme.

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