US Judge Approves LA Clippers Sale to Ex Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer

Former Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling's attorney Max Blecher said after the ruling was read that he was "deeply disappointed." Sterling was barred from the National Basketball Association for life recently for making racist remarks.

updated: July 29, 2014 09:51 IST
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A file photo of ex Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer.

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Los Angeles: A US judge on Monday gave the go-ahead for the $2 billion sale of the Los Angeles Clippers to former Microsoft chief executive Steve Ballmer, ruling that embattled owner Donald Sterling could not block the move.

The ruling by California Superior Court Judge Michael Levanas came after a three-week trial pitting the 80-year-old Sterling -- barred from the National Basketball Association for life for making racist remarks -- against his estranged wife Shelly, who made the deal with Ballmer.

Levanas said the sale could go forward immediately, even if Donald Sterling -- who had challenged his wife's authority to sell the NBA franchise -- appeals. He had 15 days to file an objection to the ruling.

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