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If sale goes through, Shelly Sterling would officially be ‘Clipper’s Number 1 Fan’ (sic)

Jun 13, 2014, 5:55 PM EDT

Shelly Sterling, Pierce O'Donnell Shelly Sterling, Pierce O'Donnell

Shelly Sterling negotiated herself a pretty little package in the sale of the Clippers to Steve Ballmer.

Details had been slowly leaking, but Nathan Fenno and James Rainey of the Los Angeles Times reveal what looks to be a complete picture. Here’s what Shelly gets if the sale to Ballmer is approved:

  • Up to 10 percent of the sale price and 10 percent of annual revenues to go into the the Shelly Sterling Foundation, which she’d run
  • 2 courtside tickets for each game
  • 10 tickets in other sections for each game
  • 12 VIP passes for each game
  • 3 championship rings if the Clippers win a title
  • Two-year contracts for executives Gary Sacks, Carl Lahr and Eric Miller (Sterling’s son-in-law)
  • Title of “Owner Emeritus”
  • Title of “Clipper’s Number 1 Fan” (Somewhere, Clipper Darrell weeps)

As a reminder, the players union once stated an opposition to Shelly remaining with the franchise as part of a compromise to remove Donald Sterling. It might not be worth union sticking to its guns on that, but I don’t like the idea of Shelly – with her own history of alleged racism – and 11 of her cronies having full run of the Staples Center 41+ nights per year.

But there could some karmic revenge at play.

Did you read that list closely? Did Shelly really bargain the exclusive right to call herself “Clipper’s Number 1 Fan”?

Yes. Yes, she did.

A Clipper is a person or device that cuts something or a 19th-century ship. The Clippers are a professional basketball team.

Thanks to a misplaced apostrophe, Shelly can claim to be the biggest fan of cutters and fast ships.

But the pro basketball team should name someone else – ideally, someone more deserving – its biggest fan.

  1. scrp2 - Jun 13, 2014 at 6:09 PM

    The real victim in this entire fiasco is Steve Ballmer.

    • sportsfan18 - Jun 15, 2014 at 2:43 PM


      he’s a very smart, knowledgeable businessman who went into this with his EYES WIDE OPEN.

      He understands lawsuits, what’s expected as well as the potential for surprises etc…

      And again, HE went into this willingly, on his own…

      No one made him toss his ring into the hat to buy the team.

      Ballmer is not a victim. His attorney’s as well as himself have spoken with the league on numerous occasions leading up to this behind the scenes.

  2. sportsfan18 - Jun 13, 2014 at 6:11 PM

    Adam Silver better run it by Lebron…

    Gotta find out whether this would cause him to lead a walkout of the players next year…

    After Silver hears back from Lebron, the case will be able to proceed, whichever way the King said it should…

  3. bobmcbigballs - Jun 13, 2014 at 6:11 PM

    In trying to make your point of the misplaced apostrophe, you forgot the “s” on the end of “Clippers.” How ironic

    • herlies - Jun 13, 2014 at 6:17 PM


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  4. icanhazblogs - Jun 13, 2014 at 6:31 PM

    82 games per year?????

    • raidmagic - Jun 13, 2014 at 8:08 PM

      read it again, they only play 1/2 the games as the home team.

      • mackcarrington - Jun 14, 2014 at 1:37 AM

        The story was edited. It originally did say 82 games.

  5. rdav29 - Jun 13, 2014 at 9:11 PM

    Are there measurable saber metrics to determine who exactly is the “#1 fan”???

    • sportsfan18 - Jun 15, 2014 at 2:45 PM

      nope, they can’t even measure the player’s heights correctly… let alone who the #1 fan is overall, or of each team…

  6. jolink653 - Jun 14, 2014 at 2:21 AM

    Wow, that’s really pathetic if she needed that to be put in there. Who even cares who the #1 fan in a fan base is? Not to mention it’s not even her team; the only reason she’s involved is because her husband bought the team and she’s trying to benefit from him going down. They should both be banished from the team

  7. rrhoe - Jun 14, 2014 at 6:50 AM

    That’s quite a deal she made for herself,she has gone all out to distance herself from her husband,but in my opinion she’s just as bad. For these people the Clippers were nothing more than a fashion statement and NBA just needs to be done with both of them.

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