The Clippers could have a new owner within a few months if Donald Sterling accepts the lifetime ban from the NBA and $2.5-million fine issued against him by the league Tuesday morning, analysts said.
But if the real estate mogul and trained lawyer decides not to cooperate, the sale of the team could drag on indefinitely.
“If he truly doesn’t want to sell, I’m going to guess he could tie this up for the rest of his life,” said Notre Dame sports economics professor Richard Sheehan
. “It would be an absolute disaster.”
NBA Commissioner Adam Silver announced Sterling’s punishment Tuesday after comments by the Clippers owner were posted online last week. Soon afterward, the NBA Players Assn. said it wants league owners to vote immediately on whether to force Sterling to sell the team.
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