NBA cancels Sterling termination, sets stage for $2.5b sale
Published on May 31, 2014 9:31 AM
LOS ANGELES (AFP) - The NBA halted its bid on Friday to terminate Donald Sterling's ownership of the Los Angeles Clippers, setting the stage for the US$2 billion (S$2.5 billion) sale of the club to Steve Ballmer.
Sterling's wife Shelly Sterling negotiated the sale of the club to ex-Microsoft chief executive Ballmer on Thursday.
"The NBA, Shelly Sterling and the Sterling Family Trust today resolved their dispute over the ownership of the Los Angeles Clippers," the league said in a statement.
"Under the agreement, the Clippers will be sold to Steve Ballmer, pending approval by the NBA Board of Governors, and the NBA will withdraw its pending charge to terminate the Sterlings' ownership of the team." The league said Shelly Sterling and the Sterling trust had also agreed not to sue the NBA, and to indemnify the league against lawsuits from others, including from Donald Sterling.
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