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NBA owners likely to force Sterling to sell Los Angeles Clippers

Published on May 1, 2014 4:47 AM
 

NEW YORK (REUTERS) - The National Basketball Association's 29 team owners will likely vote to force Donald Sterling to sell the Los Angeles Clippers after he was banned for life for racist comments, some of the owners said on Wednesday.

As it appeared more likely the team would be put up for sale, talk show host turned media businesswoman Oprah Winfrey emerged among potential buyers who have expressed interest.

She said she was in discussions with producer and film studio executive David Geffen and Oracle Corp computer technology Chief Executive Officer Larry Ellison to bid for the team if it becomes available.

NBA Commissioner Adam Silver, who also announced a US$2.5 million (S$3.13 million) fine on Sterling on Tuesday, asked the league's governing board of fellow owners to act immediately to force Sterling to sell the club he bought 33 years ago.

 
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