NBA will appoint CEO to oversee Clippers

NBA will appoint CEO to oversee Clippers
May 3, 2014, 8:30 pm
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BOSTON - The NBA, after consulting the management team of the Los Angeles Clippers, will appoint a CEO to oversee the daily operations of the franchise as the league continues to push towards removing Donald Sterling as the team's owner.

"The best way to ensure the stability of the team during this difficult situation is to move quickly and install a CEO to oversee the Clippers organization," said Mike Bass, the NBA's Executive Vice President of Communications. "The process of identifying that individual is underway.”

Last weekend, an audio recording of Sterling was released by TMZ in which he told his then-girlfriend that he did not want her to bring blacks to his games, or to be seen with them via social media.

On Tuesday, NBA commissioner Adam Silver announced that Sterling was banned for life from the Clippers and the NBA, in addition to handing out a $2.5 million fine - the most the league could fine Sterling in accordance with the NBA's constitution.

On Thursday, the league's Advisory/Finance committee, a 10-member group that includes Celtics co-owner Wyc Grousbeck, "unanimously agreed" to move forward with removing Sterling and are expected to reconvene next week.