Steve Ballmer Rumors

Clippers' new local TV deal stalled

The Clippers’ local television contract with Fox Sports’ Prime Ticket runs out after the 2015-16 season and the two sides are far apart in negotiations for a new deal. Fox Sports made an offer of $60 million annually that Clippers owner Steve Ballmer turned down. Ballmer countered with $100 million annually, which Fox rejected, according to executives familiar with the talks who were not authorized to speak publicly on the matter.
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Ballmer, the former Microsoft chief executive who purchased the Clippers for $2 billion in 2014, is considering other options, including possibly streaming Clippers games, according to the executives. One executive said Ballmer is aware of the pros and cons of creating his own network and views the idea of a web-based format more likely in some sort of hybrid deal with Fox Sports. An NBA official said the league wouldn’t be opposed to the Clippers’ streaming their games as long as it was done locally.