Oprah: Basketball Mogul? Winfrey Joins Geffen, Ellison In Bid For Clippers

Oprah: Basketball Mogul? Winfrey Joins Geffen,
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Oprah Winfrey is at the center of an empire that includes stakes in a cable network and a glitzy magazine. Is she about to add a major sports team to her holdings?

“Oprah Winfrey is in discussions with David Geffen and Larry Ellison to make a bid for the Los Angeles Clippers should the team become available,” said Nicole Nichols, a spokeswoman for the lifestyle guru, in a statement. The Wall Street Journal previously reported Winfrey’s interest in the team.

The Los Angeles Clippers are widely seen as being in play — the mergers-and-acquisitions kind, that is — after National Basketball Association commissioner Adam Silver ruled that current owner Donald Sterling was banned from the league after being caught on tape uttering racist remarks about African-Americans. According to Silver, Sterling verified his voice was the one heard on the recording. Silver has said he will try to get NBA owners to press for a sale of the Clippers, which Sterling has held for decades.

Geffen told ESPN on Wednesday that Oprah is “not interested in running the team,” remarking, “She thinks it would be a great thing for an important black American to own (another) franchise.”

“The team deserves a better group of owners who want to win,” he added. “Larry would sooner die than fail. I would sooner die than fail. Larry’s a sportsman. We’ve talked about this for a long time. Between the three of us, we have a good shot.”

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  1. Shonna says:

    What makes her think she’s so “important”?

  2. nycrn says:

    Oprah owns ‘OWN’ a Cable network which qualifies as a business.

  3. Robbie Goldstein says:

    Why is it that a major fan base of the Clippers and a large percentage of the citizens are not even mentioned as potential owners.. Mexican Americans

  4. bsbarnes says:

    Oprah goes from condemning Donald Sterling’s “plantation behavior” to putting out feelers on his prospective Fire Sale of the Clippers in the space of 3 days? Nice! First, this is the first I’ve heard that Oprah is a baller at heart, so that’s good to know. :D However, other than her no-longer syndicated talk show, what other brick & mortar business has Oprah been wildly-successful, in? Because running a basketball franchise in the fiecely-competitive L.A. media market is not beanbag, as Jerry Buss’s well-heeled kids are finding out with the Lakers, you can lose several shirts of goodwill, loads of endorsements and buckets of money in two shakes of a single season. Now, if George Clooney put in a serious bid for the Clippers, THAT would be news! George might need a nest egg for his bride-to-be!

    • Michael Anthony says:

      It days in the article she’s not interested in running the team. She’s simply an investor. By the way, she was much more than a talk show host. Her Harpo productions was a major player and when based in Chicago, a vital employer.

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