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BASKETBALL: NBA owners agree to force sale of LA Clippers

Published:Friday | May 2, 2014 | 12:10 PM

A group representing National Basketball Association (NBA) team owners has agreed to proceed with efforts to force the sale of the LA Clippers following a heated race row.



Owner Donald Sterling was banned from the sport for life this week after he was recorded making racist remarks.



On Thursday the 10-member NBA advisory committee unanimously agreed to begin terminating Sterling's ownership.



A number of celebrities have expressed interest in purchasing the sports team.



NBA executive vice-president Mike Bass says the committee unanimously agreed to move forward as expeditiously as possible and will reconvene next week.



A forced sale of the LA Clippers would require the approval of three-quarters of the 30 team owners in the NBA.



However, Sterling could oppose the sale in the courts, according to sports lawyers.



Television star Oprah Winfrey, media executive David Geffen and boxing legend Floyd Mayweather have been among those touted as prospective buyers.



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