NBA owners appear to be just as committed as Commissioner Adam Silver is to ending Donald Sterling’s ownership of the Los Angeles Clippers.
An advisory committee for the league held its first meeting about Sterling on Thursday, two days after Silver urged owners to force a sale of the team.
The 10-member committee held a conference call to discuss “the process for termination of Donald T. Sterling’s ownership of the Los Angeles Clippers,” NBA executive vice president Mike Bass said in a statement.
“The committee unanimously agreed to move forward as expeditiously as possible and will reconvene next week.”
Silver banned Sterling for life and fined him $2.5 million Tuesday for making racist comments. Sterling can have no association with the league or the team, but Silver wants more.
A forced sale would require approval by three-fourths of the league’s 30 owners. Silver said he was confident he would get the votes.
Glen Taylor who owns the Minnesota Timberwolves, chairs the committee. A number of big names have already expressed interest in purchasing the team, including Oprah Winfrey and Floyd Mayweather Jr.
First, owners must force Sterling to give up ownership of the team, a move he may choose to fight. Silver or an owner would have to file a written charge against him, and he would have five days to respond. Silver would then call a hearing of the board of governors, which would vote after hearing the evidence against Sterling.
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