Steve Ballmer Rumors
In addition to considering streaming options, the team has had meetings with a number of traditional cable outlets. The Clippers’ local TV rights represent a major return on Ballmer’s $2 billion purchase of the team. National rights for the league have skyrocketed, with the NBA scoring a nine-year, $24 billion deal from ESPN and Turner Sports that begins with the 2016-17 season.
If the Clippers decide to pursue online broadcasting, a hybrid method is a strong possibility. The team could still air games via traditional methods while offering enhanced viewing options to online subscribers. It’s also possible the threat of taking the Clippers online is merely a bargaining chip for Ballmer.
Steve Ballmer, the owner of the Los Angeles Clippers, has turned down a $60 million-a-year offer for local TV rights and is forging ahead with a plan to start his own over-the-top streaming network, The Post has learned. If he follows through on the plan, Ballmer, the former CEO of Microsoft, would be the first owner of a major US sports team to deliver games direct-to-consumer via a Web-based service and not through traditional cable or satellite companies, sources said.
Steve Ballmer: As I shared with everyone on day one of purchasing the Team, being part of the Clippers family means operating with the highest integrity. We believed we were doing this the right way, and any circumvention was inadvertent. In our effort to support our players in every way possible, we as an organization must be diligent in complying with the CBA.