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New LA Clippers owner may be Oprah

Larry Ellison, Oprah Winfrey, David Geffen
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Larry Ellison, Oprah Winfrey, David Geffen

Add Oprah Winfrey to the list of billionaires reportedly circling the Los Angeles Clippers, now that the NBA is working to force out owner Donald Sterling after a recording of his racist comments stirred outrage.

Winfrey, the self-made media mogul, is considering going in on a purchase with music magnate David Geffen and Oracle founder Larry Ellison. Geffen's office confirmed to CNBC that Oprah, Larry Ellison and David Geffen would be interested if the Clippers franchise became available.

"Oprah is not interested in running the team," Geffen had said in an earlier interview with ESPN. "She thinks it would be a great thing for an important black American to own [another] franchise."

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On Tuesday, the NBA banned Sterling for life from attending games, fined him $2.5 million and said it will try to force him to sell the team.

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Others who are thinking about buying the team are boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr., actor Matt Damon and rapper-music mogul Sean "Diddy" Combs, according to reports.

Magic Johnson, who was mentioned in the racist recording, is reportedly even contemplating a bid for the team himself, along with fellow investor Mark Walter and Walter's firm Guggenheim Partners.


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