It’s not like NBA teams come up for sale every day. So now that disgraced Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling might be losing his, the race is on to see who might buy the team. One of the first big names to be mentioned: Oprah Winfrey.
Sources toldESPN – and CBS News
has confirmed – that Winfrey, music producer David Geffen and Oracle CEO Larry Ellison are considering a bid for the team if the NBA’s board of governors forces Sterling to sell.
Sterling was banned for life from the NBA on Tuesday after recordings surfaced of him making racist comments about African-Americans.
Other celebrities who have reportedly expressed interest in the team include actor Matt Damon, boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr., and music moguls Dr. Dre and Sean Combs. Magic Johnson’s name has also come up in possible ownership scenarios.
ESPN reports that Geffen tried to buy a controlling stake in the Clippers in 2010 but Sterling wouldn’t allow it.
Software company exec Ellison has reportedly tried to buy several sports teams in recent years, according to ESPN.
On Tuesday, Winfrey told a TMZ camera crew in New York that she was not interested in buying the team. But that was before NBA commissioner Adam Silver kicked Sterling out of the league.
Whoever buys the team should note the Twitter hashtag that trended for a while in these parts on Tuesday.