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


Steve Ballmer was impersonated on the phone, signature allegedly forged in failed investment deals

From that rambunctious personality to the leadership style he implemented at Microsoft, Steve Ballmer is truly one-of-a-kind — which makes it all the more surprising that a former friend found ways for Ballmer to be impersonated on the phone to set up lucrative deals with potential investors. The Seattle Times has the details of what’s turned into a messy relationship between… Read More


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


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


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


Seattle Clippers? What Donald Sterling’s lifetime ban could mean for ex-Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer

In light of racist comments Donald Sterling made during a recorded conversation, today the NBA placed a lifetime ban on the Los Angeles Clippers owner and said it will act quickly to force the 80-year-old to sell the team. That’s made at least a few people in Seattle wonder: Will former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer and hedge fund… 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


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


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


Sonics Update: Steve Ballmer offers ‘characteristically enthusiastic’ presentation to NBA owners

Whether it’s talking about Microsoft or bringing the NBA back to Seattle, Steve Ballmer certainly has lots of energy for supporting causes he believes in. Along with fellow investment partner Chris Hansen and Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn, Ballmer was in New York City today to meet with a committee of NBA owners to present arguments for why Seattle… Read More


Seattle arena renderings: The nosebleed seats look ridiculously awesome

Seattle’s new arena could put a new meaning to the so-called cheap seats. A few weeks after the initial renderings of the city’s potential new arena were released, the Seattle investment group led by Chris Hansen and Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer just posted some more preliminary photos today. The new set shows off the “Sonic Rings,” a proposed 2,000-seat… Read More


Sonics update: It’s turning into a Silicon Valley vs. Seattle investor showdown

By now, you’ve likely either read or had a discussion about the Seattle vs. Silicon Valley entrepreneurial debate. Heck, the good folks over at Killer Infographics even designed the badass poster you see above that artistically describes the different characteristics of each region’s geeks. Now that discussion is moving to the basketball court. For a while, it seemed as though… Read More