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Sale of Clippers to Steve Ballmer Finalized; Donald Sterling No Longer Team Owner

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Steve Ballmer, former Microsoft CEO (L), sits with Dan Beckerman, the President and CEO of AEG (R) in the first period of Game Six of the Western Conference Final during the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Staples Center on May 30, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)

Steve Ballmer, former Microsoft CEO (L), sits with Dan Beckerman, the President and CEO of AEG (R) in the first period of Game Six of the Western Conference Final during the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Staples Center on May 30, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)

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WASHINGTON (CBSDC) – The sale of the Los Angeles Clippers to former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer has been finalized, officially ending the four-month-long saga involving now former Clippers owner Donald Sterling, the NBA announced Tuesday.

The $2-billion sale of the team, previously approved by the NBA Board of Governors, closed in California court today on the authority of Shelly Sterling, acting on behalf of the Sterling Family Trust, according to the press release.

“I am humbled and honored to be the new owner of the Los Angeles Clippers,” Ballmer said. “Clipper fans are so amazing. They have remained fiercely loyal to our franchise through some extraordinary times. I will be hard core in giving the team, our great coach, staff and players the support they need to do their best work on the court. And we will do whatever necessary to provide our fans and their families with the best game-night experience in the NBA.”

“This is an amazing new day in Clippers history,” Clippers President of Basketball Operations and Head Coach Doc Rivers said. “I couldn’t be more excited to work together with Steve as we continue to build a first-class, championship organization. I am already inspired by Steve’s passion for the game, his love of competition and desire to win the right way and I know our players and fans are going to be inspired as well.”

Donald Sterling received widespread condemnation after recordings of him making racially-insensitive comments were leaked to the public in April.

Sterling was promptly banned from the NBA for life in a landmark ruling handed down by league commissioner Adam Silver.

“I am banning Mr. Sterling for life, from any association with the Clippers organization or the NBA,” Silver said at the time. “Mr. Sterling may not attend any NBA games or practices, he may not be present at any Clippers facility, and he may not participate in any business or player personnel decisions involving the team.”

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