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PBT Extra: What does NBA do about Donald Sterling?

Apr 28, 2014, 1:48 PM EDT

As public relations disasters go, this is a huge one for the NBA — one of its owners allegedly has been caught on tape with comments that any thinking person should find offensive, let alone insulting a core part of the NBA’s fan base. Corporate sponsors are pulling away from the team. Fans, former players, other owners, just about everyone is expressing outrage.

So here during the middle of what has been the most exciting playoff first round in memory we are talking about Donald Sterling and not the games.

Today in PBT Extra Kay Adams and I discuss what the league can and can’t do to Sterling, plus what the league would like to happen. The problem for the league ultimately is Sterling will not go quietly, he will not just move on and sell the team for the good of the league. That’s not how he operates.

  1. thekingdave - Apr 28, 2014 at 2:10 PM

    Damn, you must be under instruction from Florio to beat this thing like a dead horse.

  2. imnotyourbuddyguy - Apr 28, 2014 at 2:21 PM

    It’s been my observation that empty stadiums/arenas makes people want to sell teams.

    He can fight, but the will to fight won’t last forever if the fans are smart.

    • redbaronx - Apr 28, 2014 at 7:28 PM

      Loss of sponsors should do the trick.

  3. sweetnlow44 - Apr 28, 2014 at 3:16 PM

    Force him to sell to someone in Seattle.

  4. soopreme - Apr 28, 2014 at 3:46 PM


  5. mt10425 - Apr 28, 2014 at 4:24 PM

    Maybe he can rent a room from Stern, who was complicit in keeping him as an owner during his tenure.

    • redbaronx - Apr 28, 2014 at 7:31 PM

      Stern had no power to remove owners. Neither does Silver.

  6. djstat - Apr 28, 2014 at 8:04 PM

    Give players all options to void contracts and then see of he can recruit a team

    • jollyjoker2 - Apr 28, 2014 at 8:40 PM

      he can always find new players – just not the caliber that have options…also. you can call me any name you want if you pay me enough.

  7. jerdogthompson - Apr 28, 2014 at 9:24 PM

    The league can and WILL effectively force the hand of DTS and there be a new owner of the Clippers next season. GUARANTEED!!!!!!!!!

  8. bnwpnw - Apr 28, 2014 at 9:27 PM

    “Ha ha! Suck it, NBA.”

    -One million people in Seattle

  9. gmsalpha - Apr 29, 2014 at 12:04 AM

    So much for Donald’s sterling reputation!

  10. ouijason - Apr 29, 2014 at 2:57 AM

    You handle injustice with justice, not mercy. An irrational act dwarves an irrational solution. Let him wallow in mud. Sometimes this society can be too “understanding” when fixing things. Grow some George w. Bush sized balls and do something about it with no care of what history will write.

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