May 162014

The Wall Street Journal sat down with Steve Ballmer and talked about his golf game, the new CEO, and if he’d buy the Clippers.  It turns out, Steve has considered that option but doesn’t feel obligated to bring the NBA to Seattle.  He may be a billionaire, but he’s not foolish with his money.

WSJ: You’ve tried a couple times to buy an NBA franchise to return a basketball team to Seattle. Are you interested in the Los Angeles Clippers, if the team goes up for sale?

Ballmer: I have nothing definitive to say. Am I right on top of what’s going on there? Absolutely I am. I love basketball, and I’d love to participate at some point in the NBA. If the opportunity is outside of Seattle, so be it. I will learn about any team that comes up for sale at this point.

WSJ: So you wouldn’t move the Clippers to Seattle?

Ballmer: If I get interested in the Clippers, it would be for Los Angeles. I don’t work anymore, so I have more geographic flexibility than I did a year, year-and-a half ago. Moving them anywhere else would be value destructive.

  2 Responses to “Steve Ballmer in WSJ – If I Bought Clippers, I’d Leave Them in LA”

  1. And with Geoff Baker’s news that Hansen is willing to change the MOU with the Coleman group, it looks like SoDo is going to get moving again.

    Unfortunate for this website, isn’t it? 🙂

    • Hansen might be open to change, but that doesn’t mean that the Council is ready to accept the risk of the NHL being the one they expect to pay them for 30 years.

      Also, FWIW, Coleman’s LLC bought some land north of centurylink, but not really enough for an arena (and they have land use restrictions that would be not very arena compatible ). If the tunnel completes and the viaduct goes away, however, that former ING/EMC building could be a nice property.

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