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Ex-Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer pledges to help bring NBA basketball back to Seattle

Steve Ballmer may now own an NBA franchise in Los Angeles, but he’s going to do everything in his power to help bring back professional hoops to Seattle. The former Microsoft CEO made the pledge during a fantastic hour-long interview on Thursday with KJR’s Mitch Levy, during which the former Microsoft CEO detailed his path to becoming the owner of the Los… Read More

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Yes, Steve Ballmer is overpaying for the Los Angeles Clippers

Newsflash: Steve Ballmer is paying too much for the Los Angeles Clippers. ESPN obtained financial documents that reveal expected 2014 revenue for the Clippers, a team that Ballmer is set to purchase for $2 billion. The “bid book,” which was used by current owner Shelly Sterling as an exhibit in court, reveals that the Clippers should make… Read More

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Ex-Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer committed to living in Washington ‘for the rest of my life’

With Steve Ballmer on the verge of owning a professional basketball franchise in Southern California, many have wondered if the former Microsoft CEO and longtime Washington resident will leave the Pacific Northwest for good. It’s a concern that my colleague John Cook shared last month, noting how many thought Ballmer would stick around town to invest in the… Read More

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Steve Ballmer sued by investment advisor over busted $5M basketball consulting agreement

[Follow-up: Ballmer's lawyer says the former Microsoft CEO's signature was forged on the agency agreement at the center of this case, and that Ballmer wasn't aware of or involved in any agreement cited in the lawsuit.] A new lawsuit claims that former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer owes more than $5 million to an investment advisor who was hired to… Read More

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Steve Ballmer: I’ll do ‘everything in my power’ to keep the Clippers in Los Angeles

Any Seattle basketball fans hoping that Steve Ballmer would bring the Los Angeles Clippers up to the Emerald City can stop dreaming. ESPN reporter Ramona Shelburne, who has been following this story closely ever since current owner Donald Sterling had his racist comments leaked online, tweeted out statements early Friday morning from both Ballmer and Donald Sterling’s… Read More

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Ex-Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer sued for $3M in strange case involving NBA bid, former Sonics employee’s debts

From honing his golf game to offering up advice to young students, it seems as though Steve Ballmer has enjoyed life post-Microsoft. But now the former CEO finds himself being sued for $3 million in a messy lawsuit related to the NBA. The Seattle Times has the details of the suit, which accuses Ballmer of promising to pay… Read More

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Steve Ballmer wouldn’t move NBA’s Clippers to Seattle, says Microsoft is ‘still like a child to me’

Sorry, Seattle basketball fans: Even if Steve Ballmer were to own the Los Angeles Clippers, he wouldn’t move the team north. In light of the recent Donald Sterling fiasco, the NBA is hoping to find new owners for the Los Angeles Clippers. Ballmer’s name has come up as a potential buyer, especially since he nearly bought the… Read More

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Keeping the Kings: NBA blocks Seattle’s bid to purchase team

The Kings are staying in Sacramento. The NBA Board of Governors voted 22-8 Wednesday in Dallas to keep the Kings in Sacramento and prevent an investment group led by Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer and hedge fund manager Chris Hansen from bringing the team to Seattle. “This was not an anti-Seattle vote,” NBA commissioner David Stern said…. Read More

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Commish calls Ballmer investment team ‘perfect prototype’ for NBA owners

Here’s what NBA commissioner David Stern thinks of the Chris Hansen/Steve Ballmer investment team: perfection. Appearing on PBS’ Charlie Rose Show Tuesday, Stern and Deputy Commissioner Adam Silver spoke briefly about how the NBA relocation committee unanimously voted Monday afternoon to block Seattle’s bid to buy the Sacramento Kings and bring the NBA back to the Emerald City. An… Read More

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How social media reacted to Sonics news that left Ballmer ‘horribly disappointed’

By now, you’ve probably heard how the NBA relocation committee unanimously voted Monday afternoon to block Seattle’s bid to buy the Sacramento Kings and bring the NBA back to the Emerald City. An investment group led by Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer and hedge fund manager Chris Hansen had already reached an agreement with the Maloof family (current… Read More

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Ballmer on bringing the Sonics to Seattle: ‘There will never be a better opportunity’

Albeit very little and not exactly groundbreaking, Steve Ballmer finally made some public comments about Seattle’s bid to bring the NBA back to Seattle. Microsoft’s CEO is leading an investment group that is trying to buy the Sacramento Kings and move them to the Emerald City. Ballmer and Chris Hansen reached an agreement with the Maloof… Read More