After NBA commissioner Adam Silver said yesterday that he would do everything in his power to force the sale of the Los Angeles Clippers – the big question is, who doesn’t want to buy the team?
It seems everyone from Oprah Winfrey to Floyd Mayweather to Magic Johnson and a host of others are throwing their hats in the ring to own the once disastrous franchise. Oprah is looking to team up with Oracle billionaire Larry Ellison and DreamWorks honcho David Geffen. The three heavyweights have a combined net worth of 58.9 billion dollars – but 49 billion of that belongs to Ellison, who Forbes says is the 5th richest man in the world.
Rappers Sean P Diddy Combs and Rick Ross also expressed their interest in buying the team on Twitter, which super bigot Donald Sterling bought in 1981 for only 12.7 million dollars. Forbes has estimated the Clippers are now worth close to 600 million and with new TV contracts due in 2015, the bidding could start at 700 million.
But not so fast, says Sterling, it was reported yesterday by Fox Sports 1 that the most hated man in America has no interest in selling the team and judging by a lifetime of extremely litigious behavior, Sterling might fight the sale of his team until the day he drops dead.
Other names floating about with interest in the team are boxing champ Oscar de La Hoya and “Malcolm In The Middle” child star Frankie Munoz – who has been a season ticket holder and diehard fan for over twenty years.
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