L.A. Clippers sold to ex-Microsoft boss Steve Ballmer

Aug 12, 2014, 10:54 PM EDT
Steve Ballmer, ex-CEO of Microsoft.
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Former Microsoft chief executive Steve Ballmer has purchased the Los Angeles Clippers for $2B after a court cleared the way for the sale. A Los Angeles judge confirmed Shelly Sterling could sell the basketball franchise over the objections of her estranged husband Donald Sterling. Mr Sterling, the owner since 1981, was banned from the sport for life after he was recorded making racist remarks. The $2bn sale price is the highest ever paid for an NBA team. "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," said Mr Ballmer.
Background:
L.A. Clippers sold to ex-Microsoft boss Steve Ballmer [BBC]
Steve Ballmer is officially new owner of Clippers, NBA says [L.A. Times]