Steve Ballmer, the former chief executive of Microsoft, is leading an auction to buy the Los Angeles Clippers basketball franchise after submitting a $2bn bid, according to a person familiar with the matter.
However, it is unclear if Mr Ballmer’s bid, which has trumped rival offers will count because Donald Sterling, the team’s owner, has not decided to sell.
Mr Sterling’s wife, Shelly, enlisted Bank of America to identify buyers for the Clippers after Mr Sterling was threatened with expulsion by the National Basketball Association. The league’s threat came after Mr Sterling was secretly recorded making disparaging remarks about black people.
Adam Silver, the NBA’s commissioner, vowed last month to do “everything in my power” to force Mr Sterling to sell. Under NBA rules, an owner can be removed if 75 per cent of the league’s owners vote for expulsion.
But while Ms Sterling has solicited offers, Mr Sterling has yet to decide whether he will fight the NBA’s ruling, according to people familiar with the matter.
知情人士透露，微软(Microsoft)前首席执行官史蒂夫?鲍尔默(Steve Ballmer)已出价20亿美元竞购美国职业篮球(NBA)洛杉矶快船队(Los Angeles Clippers)的经营权，目前在竞购者中处于领先地位。