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Future Of The Forum Up In The Air As Steve Ballmer Eyes To Buy Historic Venue




A general view of exterior of The Great Western Forum taken during the 1987 season in Inglewood, California.
A general view of exterior of The Great Western Forum taken during the 1987 season in Inglewood, California.
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Clippers owner Steve Ballmer is in negotiations to purchase The Forum according to reports by ESPN. What will the deal mean for the future of the arena?

Ballmer’s move to buy out The Forum is seen as a way to sidestep the roadblocks the Clippers have incurred in their pursuit to build a new sports stadium in the Inglewood area. The owner’s plans for a new stadium has been met with multiple lawsuits, including by The Forum’s owner Madison Square Garden Co. If built, the new Clippers’ arena would be in direct competition with MSG. The Clippers finalized a deal with the city of Inglewood in 2017 to explore the development of a new sports arena and have fast-tracked those plans with a proposed start date for construction to begin July 2021. Buying The Forum would be a way for Ballmer and the Clippers to work around the pushback they’ve been receiving from MSG but it also raises questions for what Ballmer may have planned for the historic venue.

Today on AirTalk, we take a closer look at the deal and what it could mean for The Forum’s future. We want to hear your memories about The Forum, whether it was a game you attended, a concert you watched, or have just driven by. Call us at 866-893-5722 to share your stories.

Guests:

Arash Markazi, sports columnist for The Los Angeles Times; he tweets @ArashMarkazi

Howard Beck, senior NBA writer for the Bleacher Report and host of “The Full 48” podcast; he tweets @HowardBeck