AirTalk for April 30, 2014

Now that the NBA has spoken, what are Donald Sterling’s options?

Mark J. Terrill/AP

In this Oct. 17, 2010 file photo, Los Angeles Clippers team owner Donald Sterling watches his team play in Los Angeles.

Adam Silver, the new NBA commissioner, handed down a stiff punishment for Donald Sterling, the billionaire owner of the Clippers who was recorded making racist comments--banning the 80-year-old from having any association with the NBA or the Clippers and forcing him to sell the team.

NBA players and team owners applauded Silver's decision. While Sterling cannot contest the lifetime ban, he could sue the league for forcing a sale, a prospect that could turn potential buyers away.

Those reportedly interested in the L.A. team include real estate developer Rick Caruso, entertainment mogul David Geffen, Magic Johnson, Larry Ellison and Floyd Mayweather Jr.

Does it make sense for Sterling to sue? If Sterling agrees to a sale, how would the Clippers be valuated? How much could the team be worth?

Guests:

David Wharton, sports writer at the Los Angeles Times, who co-wrote the story on Sterling’s options after the NBA ban in today’s paper 

Warren Zola, Sports business and law expert, Boston College's Carroll School of Management; Executive Editor, The Sports Law Blog.


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