July 10th, 2014
02:45 PM ET

Donald Sterling Opposes Wife As He Seeks Broadcast Deal for Clippers

 

Billionaire Donald Sterling opposes his wife's effort to sell the couple's ownership of the Los Angeles Clippers for a record $2 billion because he was negotiating a big broadcast deal with Fox that would be worth more, he testified Tuesday.

Sterling was asked by his wife's attorney whether he was fighting her proposed deal because he wanted to restore his dignity.

"The reason you are handling the case is because you want to charge millions in fees, right?" Donald Sterling said in a probate court trial. "The reason is not because of my dignity."

Sterling cited how another NBA franchise in Los Angeles - the Lakers - struck a deal with Time Warner Cable to broadcast its games for 20 years for a reported $3 billion in 2011.

"The reason is that the Lakers signed a deal with Warners for $3 billion. The reason is, I am negotiating with Fox," Sterling said.

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