Clip­pers sale to Steve Ballmer goes through

The Covington News - - THE WIRE -

LOS AN­GE­LES (AP) — Steve Ballmer of­fi­cially be­came the new owner of the Los An­ge­les Clip­pers on Tues­day for a record $2 bil­lion.

The team said the sale closed af­ter a Cal­i­for­nia court con­firmed the au­thor­ity of Shelly Ster­ling, on be­half of the Ster­ling Fam­ily Trust, to sell the fran­chise to the for­mer Mi­crosoft CEO. Her es­tranged hus­band, Don­ald Ster­ling, had un­suc­cess­fully fought the sale of the team he owned since 1981 in court.

The NBA Board of Gov­er­nors had pre­vi­ously ap­proved the sale.

"Re­ally ex­cited — in a pretty hard­core way — to con­tinue the path to mak­ing the Clip­pers a bet­ter and bet­ter bas­ket­ball team, and a bet­ter and bet­ter cit­i­zen of the Los An­ge­les com­mu­nity," Ballmer told The As­so­ci­ated Press in a phone in­ter­view.

Adam Streisand, Ballmer's at­tor­ney, said Tues­day that Su­pe­rior Court Judge Michael Le­vanas signed the order au­tho­riz­ing the sale even if Don­ald Ster­ling's at­tor­neys filed an ap­peal.

"We were ready," Streisand said. "Within min­utes, the deal was signed, sealed and de­liv­ered."

He said even if Don­ald Ster­ling seeks an emer­gency order di­rect­ing the judge to va­cate his order, the at­tor­ney is con­fi­dent an ap­pel­late court would agree that Le­vanas made the cor­rect de­ci­sion.

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