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As a lifelong resident of Inglewood, I wish Ballmer would get the hint that he should move his team out of L.A. period and go to Seattle. He's being stubborn. The clippers will never truly be respected here....ever!


His team value takes a hit if he moves to Seattle.

Idk their fan base is strong plus the growth up there is nuts.


There are 13.4 million people in the Metro LA area. 18.7 million in the "Greater Los Angeles Area."

There are 3.7 million people in the Metro Seattle area. 4.3 million in the "Greater Seattle Area."

The crumbs as the 2nd team in LA are better than the steak as the #1 (and only) team in Seattle.


Yep, and also Ballmer has aspirational dreams to make the Clippers the dominant NBA team in LA. He doesn't care about the Lakers history. If the Lakers keep getting stuck in the mud with their rebuilding, a lot of the newer youth fans will probably watch the Clippers. Ballmer is hell bent on changing the Clippers culture, of which Donald Sterling was just fine with just being that 2nd team in LA and paying the bare minimum to field a team. This is why that ownership change was such a big deal. You had the cheapest owner in the NBA forced to sell to a guy who has the most money of all the NBA owners. Ballmer high-tailing off to Seattle would be admitting defeat and somebody as competitive as him doesn't cede the #2 market just like that. If the Lakers ownership keeps screwing up he can see the Clippers capitalizing on that. Ballmer also does things that were unheard of back in Donald T. Sterling days. One is building an NBA arena with his own money. Two is challenging the Lakers for free agents. Three is refusing to take a backseat as the 2nd team in LA. That should scare the Lakers front office.


My son is 19, his friends follow the Clippers and Warriors. It was rare seeing Laker gear at his high school.
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I wish the Lakers would do this. Staples is garbage.


For concerts, sure. But for sporting events it fits like a glove. Other than the fact that it looks like a downed alien spacecraft from the outside (whereas the Forum is just nice to look at), what don't you like?


I think the opposite is true. Great venue for music and shows, but from a stadium geek's POV it leaves a lot to be desired, especially for the creme de la creme of world sports franchises (which the Lakers are, despite a dramatic recent drop in brand quality).


You mean from like an ambiance perspective? Because acoustically it's terrible. Like hauling a gigantic PA into a stone cathedral and shouting at everyone for three hours. It doesn't even look like it was even designed for music. Bare concrete?

By comparison Forum's inner walls are all lined with sound absorption and diffusion material which is why it always sounds like a smaller hall than it really is. What MSG has done there since 2014 is amazing but it was always a good sounding arena.

Not sure what Staples is lacking from a sports perspective, but to each their own. Staples feels huge but the furthest sideline seats are closer than they were at the Forum.


Yes, the ambiance aspect. I have no input on its acoustics because I've only been in the pit for concerts at Staples.


Thats because Staples is built upwards while the Forum is a bowl. If you are at the nosebleeds at Staples you still get a relatively good view. In comparison at the Forum, you are going to need binoculars.
Also the Forum was built before the era of luxury boxes, so it feels more intimate. While at Staples you have luxury boxes separating the 200 and 300 levels.
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As a lifelong resident of Inglewood, I wish Ballmer would get the hint that he should move his team out of L.A. period and go to Seattle. He's being stubborn. The clippers will never truly be respected here....ever!


His team value takes a hit if he moves to Seattle.

Idk their fan base is strong plus the growth up there is nuts.


There are 13.4 million people in the Metro LA area. 18.7 million in the "Greater Los Angeles Area."

There are 3.7 million people in the Metro Seattle area. 4.3 million in the "Greater Seattle Area."

The crumbs as the 2nd team in LA are better than the steak as the #1 (and only) team in Seattle.


Yep, and also Ballmer has aspirational dreams to make the Clippers the dominant NBA team in LA. He doesn't care about the Lakers history. If the Lakers keep getting stuck in the mud with their rebuilding, a lot of the newer youth fans will probably watch the Clippers. Ballmer is hell bent on changing the Clippers culture, of which Donald Sterling was just fine with just being that 2nd team in LA and paying the bare minimum to field a team. This is why that ownership change was such a big deal. You had the cheapest owner in the NBA forced to sell to a guy who has the most money of all the NBA owners. Ballmer high-tailing off to Seattle would be admitting defeat and somebody as competitive as him doesn't cede the #2 market just like that. If the Lakers ownership keeps screwing up he can see the Clippers capitalizing on that. Ballmer also does things that were unheard of back in Donald T. Sterling days. One is building an NBA arena with his own money. Two is challenging the Lakers for free agents. Three is refusing to take a backseat as the 2nd team in LA. That should scare the Lakers front office.


My son is 19, his friends follow the Clippers and Warriors. It was rare seeing Laker gear at his high school.


The problem is the kids that are children right now. They probably never saw Kobe in his prime. They are ripe for the picking for the Clippers because they see CP3 and Blake and their high flying antics.If the Lakers continue to be awful, they could potentially lose a decade of fans.
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As long as Laker fan base stays strong Clippers will never have more than a rare year of popularity. As long as their best player gets boo'd to hell every time he is seen in public, they ain't taking over.

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lakersken80 wrote:
venturalakersfan wrote:
lakersken80 wrote:
Dr. Laker wrote:
Halflife wrote:
lakersken80 wrote:
kwase wrote:
As a lifelong resident of Inglewood, I wish Ballmer would get the hint that he should move his team out of L.A. period and go to Seattle. He's being stubborn. The clippers will never truly be respected here....ever!


His team value takes a hit if he moves to Seattle.

Idk their fan base is strong plus the growth up there is nuts.


There are 13.4 million people in the Metro LA area. 18.7 million in the "Greater Los Angeles Area."

There are 3.7 million people in the Metro Seattle area. 4.3 million in the "Greater Seattle Area."

The crumbs as the 2nd team in LA are better than the steak as the #1 (and only) team in Seattle.


Yep, and also Ballmer has aspirational dreams to make the Clippers the dominant NBA team in LA. He doesn't care about the Lakers history. If the Lakers keep getting stuck in the mud with their rebuilding, a lot of the newer youth fans will probably watch the Clippers. Ballmer is hell bent on changing the Clippers culture, of which Donald Sterling was just fine with just being that 2nd team in LA and paying the bare minimum to field a team. This is why that ownership change was such a big deal. You had the cheapest owner in the NBA forced to sell to a guy who has the most money of all the NBA owners. Ballmer high-tailing off to Seattle would be admitting defeat and somebody as competitive as him doesn't cede the #2 market just like that. If the Lakers ownership keeps screwing up he can see the Clippers capitalizing on that. Ballmer also does things that were unheard of back in Donald T. Sterling days. One is building an NBA arena with his own money. Two is challenging the Lakers for free agents. Three is refusing to take a backseat as the 2nd team in LA. That should scare the Lakers front office.


My son is 19, his friends follow the Clippers and Warriors. It was rare seeing Laker gear at his high school.


The problem is the kids that are children right now. They probably never saw Kobe in his prime. They are ripe for the picking for the Clippers because they see CP3 and Blake and their high flying antics.If the Lakers continue to be awful, they could potentially lose a decade of fans.


Not gonna happen

Lakers carry a rich history and a great past

Clippers carry a lifetime supply of $hit. As long as they keep getting eliminated they will always be 2nd best to the lakers
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999 wrote:
lakersken80 wrote:
venturalakersfan wrote:
lakersken80 wrote:
Dr. Laker wrote:
Halflife wrote:
lakersken80 wrote:
kwase wrote:
As a lifelong resident of Inglewood, I wish Ballmer would get the hint that he should move his team out of L.A. period and go to Seattle. He's being stubborn. The clippers will never truly be respected here....ever!


His team value takes a hit if he moves to Seattle.

Idk their fan base is strong plus the growth up there is nuts.


There are 13.4 million people in the Metro LA area. 18.7 million in the "Greater Los Angeles Area."

There are 3.7 million people in the Metro Seattle area. 4.3 million in the "Greater Seattle Area."

The crumbs as the 2nd team in LA are better than the steak as the #1 (and only) team in Seattle.


Yep, and also Ballmer has aspirational dreams to make the Clippers the dominant NBA team in LA. He doesn't care about the Lakers history. If the Lakers keep getting stuck in the mud with their rebuilding, a lot of the newer youth fans will probably watch the Clippers. Ballmer is hell bent on changing the Clippers culture, of which Donald Sterling was just fine with just being that 2nd team in LA and paying the bare minimum to field a team. This is why that ownership change was such a big deal. You had the cheapest owner in the NBA forced to sell to a guy who has the most money of all the NBA owners. Ballmer high-tailing off to Seattle would be admitting defeat and somebody as competitive as him doesn't cede the #2 market just like that. If the Lakers ownership keeps screwing up he can see the Clippers capitalizing on that. Ballmer also does things that were unheard of back in Donald T. Sterling days. One is building an NBA arena with his own money. Two is challenging the Lakers for free agents. Three is refusing to take a backseat as the 2nd team in LA. That should scare the Lakers front office.


My son is 19, his friends follow the Clippers and Warriors. It was rare seeing Laker gear at his high school.


The problem is the kids that are children right now. They probably never saw Kobe in his prime. They are ripe for the picking for the Clippers because they see CP3 and Blake and their high flying antics.If the Lakers continue to be awful, they could potentially lose a decade of fans.


Not gonna happen

Lakers carry a rich history and a great past

Clippers carry a lifetime supply of $hit. As long as they keep getting eliminated they will always be 2nd best to the lakers


You say its not possible we already see it in the MLB when the Angels started to win. Especially after they won a championship in 2002 and won division titles afterwards. The Clippers don't need to match the number of championships the Lakers have, all they need is 1 or get close to it. Lots of people are bandwagoners, they just don't admit it. Here is the trap you keep referring to....that the Lakers have a great history and past. Jeannie falls for the same trap as well when she tries to lure free agents to the Lakers. Well the people that are fans today only care about recent history or what have you done for me lately. If the Lakers don't turn around the ship soon, the next generation of potential fans that didn't see the Lakers winning championships won't care what they did in the past.
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Dodgers, Ducks, and Angels all need new facilities too.

I wonder if they will consider Inglewood.


Staples Center is already out dated, it needs major improvements. You figure any arena built by Ballmer will have cutting edge technology, making Staples look like a dinosaur.


The building itself is structurally fine.
If you mean by the technology to connect everyone to the internet and latest technology like 4k screens and jumbotrons, its definitely showing its age on that end. However, I don't think they need to demolish an 18 year old building to do that.


No, just some added improvements. After almost 20 years the Lakers should insist on it.



I'm sure the Buss family will get right on it with their billions of dollars....oh wait....


Why would it cost billions of dollars to upgrade the wifi at Staples Center?


Add new tech to the place, and also upgrade and improve the food choices.

Also could fix those seats, particularly those not so cheap 300 section seats. Make those seats have cupholder arm rests to allow people to have more room or couples have more snuggle area like at movie theaters and move Those seats suck currently.

Improve that concert sound too. It blows. Since day one.

More giveaways to the fans. Not like you got the perennial championship contender to say f you to the fans and critics.

Bye.


Its not cheap to upgrade a building that is already built. Depends on how much refurbishment they want to put into the place. The Knicks recent MSG upgrade costed around a billion dollars. Staples Center is already in a prime location so I think it will be around for years to come. They will probably do some refreshes in the future.


Well that was different, in that MSG opened the same year as the Forum did. Imagine what it would cost to try to turn the Forum into a modern NBA arena? Probably more than a billion.

Staples Center was built during the most recent wave of stadium construction, which is still ongoing. The difference between Staples Center (1999) and say, Arco Arena (1988) is much, much bigger than the difference between the new Sacramento Arena and Staples, even with a larger gap in time.


It depends on how the stadium was constructed as well. Arco Arena was built on the cheap with few luxury seats so it was already outdated by the 2000's. This is why the Kings owners under the Maloof's complained for almost a decade to build a new arena. On the other hand, the Palace of Auburn Hills which was opened at the same time as Arco Arena was built with tons of luxury boxes and is still relatively modern. The Pistons are only moving to the new Arena in downtown Detroit because it is in a more central location.


Yeah, spot on. Nice post. I was trying to think of what to bold but I agree with all of it.

I think Staples Center is more Palace and less Arco, since it was the most expensive arena ever built at the time. With an enormous modern footprint, a megarich owner (AEG, not the Lakers), and a central location I think Staples has the bones necessary to remain a viable NBA/NHL building for a really, really long time.

It won't need any MSG-style renovations until the next arena boom begins. Who knows when that'll be and what it will entail.
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999 wrote:
lakersken80 wrote:
venturalakersfan wrote:
lakersken80 wrote:
Dr. Laker wrote:
Halflife wrote:
lakersken80 wrote:
kwase wrote:
As a lifelong resident of Inglewood, I wish Ballmer would get the hint that he should move his team out of L.A. period and go to Seattle. He's being stubborn. The clippers will never truly be respected here....ever!


His team value takes a hit if he moves to Seattle.

Idk their fan base is strong plus the growth up there is nuts.


There are 13.4 million people in the Metro LA area. 18.7 million in the "Greater Los Angeles Area."

There are 3.7 million people in the Metro Seattle area. 4.3 million in the "Greater Seattle Area."

The crumbs as the 2nd team in LA are better than the steak as the #1 (and only) team in Seattle.


Yep, and also Ballmer has aspirational dreams to make the Clippers the dominant NBA team in LA. He doesn't care about the Lakers history. If the Lakers keep getting stuck in the mud with their rebuilding, a lot of the newer youth fans will probably watch the Clippers. Ballmer is hell bent on changing the Clippers culture, of which Donald Sterling was just fine with just being that 2nd team in LA and paying the bare minimum to field a team. This is why that ownership change was such a big deal. You had the cheapest owner in the NBA forced to sell to a guy who has the most money of all the NBA owners. Ballmer high-tailing off to Seattle would be admitting defeat and somebody as competitive as him doesn't cede the #2 market just like that. If the Lakers ownership keeps screwing up he can see the Clippers capitalizing on that. Ballmer also does things that were unheard of back in Donald T. Sterling days. One is building an NBA arena with his own money. Two is challenging the Lakers for free agents. Three is refusing to take a backseat as the 2nd team in LA. That should scare the Lakers front office.


My son is 19, his friends follow the Clippers and Warriors. It was rare seeing Laker gear at his high school.


The problem is the kids that are children right now. They probably never saw Kobe in his prime. They are ripe for the picking for the Clippers because they see CP3 and Blake and their high flying antics.If the Lakers continue to be awful, they could potentially lose a decade of fans.


Not gonna happen

Lakers carry a rich history and a great past

Clippers carry a lifetime supply of $hit. As long as they keep getting eliminated they will always be 2nd best to the lakers


You missed the point, it is happening
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Forum Owners Move To Block LA Clippers Arena, Claim Inglewood Mayor Deceived Them

By Sandy Mazza, Daily Breeze

POSTED: 07/19/17, 8:27 PM PDT | UPDATED: 27 SECS AGO

Owners of The Forum concert venue filed a claim for damages Wednesday against the city of Inglewood for quietly entering into a deal to build a new Los Angeles Clippers arena just down the street.

The Madison Square Garden Co. claims Inglewood Mayor James Butts used a bait-and-switch strategy to coerce Forum executives into clearing the way for the project on a Century Boulevard parcel across from the NFL stadium now under construction. They say Butts persuaded them to give up their leasehold in April on part of a parking lot to make way for a new business-technology park.

Instead, in June, city officials shocked MSG by announcing their deal with Clippers owner Steve Ballmer for a 18,000- to 20,000-seat arena that would likely also host concerts on the site 11/2 miles south.

“The mayor made it extremely clear that he needed that piece of land back for a kind of ‘Silicon Beach,’ ” said Marvin Putnam, a partner with the law firm Latham & Watkins, which filed the damage claim that serves as a precursor to a lawsuit. “They’re attempting to flat-out trick people.”

Butts declined to comment, and there is no proof that he made those statements. But when Madison Square Garden Co. relinquished the parking lease to the city, its approved contract states that the land would not be used for anything that would hurt the Forum’s business, according to documents.

“We, along with the hundreds of hardworking men and women who work to bring top-flight entertainment events to the Forum, are stunned that the city is moving forward with a plan that is in direct conflict with its existing and clear-cut written commitments to our venue,” Forum officials said in a statement.

The Inglewood City Council approved the exclusive-negotiating agreement with Ballmer on June 15, which was secured with a $1.5 million payment to the city.

The deal gives the two parties three years to negotiate for the new arena at the corner of Century Boulevard and Yukon Avenue.

Ballmer wants to move the NBA team from Staples Center, which is shared with the Los Angeles Lakers and Kings, to a new state-of-the-art facility. The team’s Los Angeles lease is up in 2024.


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Forum Owners Move To Block LA Clippers Arena, Claim Inglewood Mayor Deceived Them

By Sandy Mazza, Daily Breeze

POSTED: 07/19/17, 8:27 PM PDT | UPDATED: 27 SECS AGO

Owners of The Forum concert venue filed a claim for damages Wednesday against the city of Inglewood for quietly entering into a deal to build a new Los Angeles Clippers arena just down the street.

The Madison Square Garden Co. claims Inglewood Mayor James Butts used a bait-and-switch strategy to coerce Forum executives into clearing the way for the project on a Century Boulevard parcel across from the NFL stadium now under construction. They say Butts persuaded them to give up their leasehold in April on part of a parking lot to make way for a new business-technology park.

Instead, in June, city officials shocked MSG by announcing their deal with Clippers owner Steve Ballmer for a 18,000- to 20,000-seat arena that would likely also host concerts on the site 11/2 miles south.

“The mayor made it extremely clear that he needed that piece of land back for a kind of ‘Silicon Beach,’ ” said Marvin Putnam, a partner with the law firm Latham & Watkins, which filed the damage claim that serves as a precursor to a lawsuit. “They’re attempting to flat-out trick people.”

Butts declined to comment, and there is no proof that he made those statements. But when Madison Square Garden Co. relinquished the parking lease to the city, its approved contract states that the land would not be used for anything that would hurt the Forum’s business, according to documents.

“We, along with the hundreds of hardworking men and women who work to bring top-flight entertainment events to the Forum, are stunned that the city is moving forward with a plan that is in direct conflict with its existing and clear-cut written commitments to our venue,” Forum officials said in a statement.

The Inglewood City Council approved the exclusive-negotiating agreement with Ballmer on June 15, which was secured with a $1.5 million payment to the city.

The deal gives the two parties three years to negotiate for the new arena at the corner of Century Boulevard and Yukon Avenue.

Ballmer wants to move the NBA team from Staples Center, which is shared with the Los Angeles Lakers and Kings, to a new state-of-the-art facility. The team’s Los Angeles lease is up in 2024.


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http://www.dailynews.com/general-news/20170719/forum-owners-move-to-block-la-clippers-arena-claim-inglewood-mayor-deceived-them?


Sic 'em, Forum!

The Clippers should check out Carson. Pretty country down that way.
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Dr. Laker wrote:
Halflife wrote:
lakersken80 wrote:
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As a lifelong resident of Inglewood, I wish Ballmer would get the hint that he should move his team out of L.A. period and go to Seattle. He's being stubborn. The clippers will never truly be respected here....ever!


His team value takes a hit if he moves to Seattle.

Idk their fan base is strong plus the growth up there is nuts.


There are 13.4 million people in the Metro LA area. 18.7 million in the "Greater Los Angeles Area."

There are 3.7 million people in the Metro Seattle area. 4.3 million in the "Greater Seattle Area."

The crumbs as the 2nd team in LA are better than the steak as the #1 (and only) team in Seattle.


Yep, and also Ballmer has aspirational dreams to make the Clippers the dominant NBA team in LA. He doesn't care about the Lakers history. If the Lakers keep getting stuck in the mud with their rebuilding, a lot of the newer youth fans will probably watch the Clippers. Ballmer is hell bent on changing the Clippers culture, of which Donald Sterling was just fine with just being that 2nd team in LA and paying the bare minimum to field a team. This is why that ownership change was such a big deal. You had the cheapest owner in the NBA forced to sell to a guy who has the most money of all the NBA owners. Ballmer high-tailing off to Seattle would be admitting defeat and somebody as competitive as him doesn't cede the #2 market just like that. If the Lakers ownership keeps screwing up he can see the Clippers capitalizing on that. Ballmer also does things that were unheard of back in Donald T. Sterling days. One is building an NBA arena with his own money. Two is challenging the Lakers for free agents. Three is refusing to take a backseat as the 2nd team in LA. That should scare the Lakers front office.


My son is 19, his friends follow the Clippers and Warriors. It was rare seeing Laker gear at his high school.


What high school was that? I work with kids for a living and I see all kinds of Laker gear still around. It isn't like Kobe retired 10 years ago or something.
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What high school was that? I work with kids for a living and I see all kinds of Laker gear still around. It isn't like Kobe retired 10 years ago or something.


That other school must be full of emo'z.
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What high school was that? I work with kids for a living and I see all kinds of Laker gear still around. It isn't like Kobe retired 10 years ago or something.


That other school must be full of emo'z.


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Forum Owners Move To Block LA Clippers Arena, Claim Inglewood Mayor Deceived Them

By Sandy Mazza, Daily Breeze

POSTED: 07/19/17, 8:27 PM PDT | UPDATED: 27 SECS AGO

Owners of The Forum concert venue filed a claim for damages Wednesday against the city of Inglewood for quietly entering into a deal to build a new Los Angeles Clippers arena just down the street.

The Madison Square Garden Co. claims Inglewood Mayor James Butts used a bait-and-switch strategy to coerce Forum executives into clearing the way for the project on a Century Boulevard parcel across from the NFL stadium now under construction. They say Butts persuaded them to give up their leasehold in April on part of a parking lot to make way for a new business-technology park.

Instead, in June, city officials shocked MSG by announcing their deal with Clippers owner Steve Ballmer for a 18,000- to 20,000-seat arena that would likely also host concerts on the site 11/2 miles south.

“The mayor made it extremely clear that he needed that piece of land back for a kind of ‘Silicon Beach,’ ” said Marvin Putnam, a partner with the law firm Latham & Watkins, which filed the damage claim that serves as a precursor to a lawsuit. “They’re attempting to flat-out trick people.”

Butts declined to comment, and there is no proof that he made those statements. But when Madison Square Garden Co. relinquished the parking lease to the city, its approved contract states that the land would not be used for anything that would hurt the Forum’s business, according to documents.

“We, along with the hundreds of hardworking men and women who work to bring top-flight entertainment events to the Forum, are stunned that the city is moving forward with a plan that is in direct conflict with its existing and clear-cut written commitments to our venue,” Forum officials said in a statement.

The Inglewood City Council approved the exclusive-negotiating agreement with Ballmer on June 15, which was secured with a $1.5 million payment to the city.

The deal gives the two parties three years to negotiate for the new arena at the corner of Century Boulevard and Yukon Avenue.

Ballmer wants to move the NBA team from Staples Center, which is shared with the Los Angeles Lakers and Kings, to a new state-of-the-art facility. The team’s Los Angeles lease is up in 2024.


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http://www.dailynews.com/general-news/20170719/forum-owners-move-to-block-la-clippers-arena-claim-inglewood-mayor-deceived-them?


Heard they have legal documents that the City of Inglewood agreed to not institute any roadblocks that might hurt their business if they put in the money to refurbish the Forum. It sounds like the MSG has a pretty solid case and the City of Inglewood has a very good chance of losing on this lawsuit. Chances are that the Clippers might have to look for another site to build a new arena.
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 21, 2017 3:11 am    Post subject:

Anyone whos played basketball at the park could tell you that kids have been wearing clippers jerseys since Donald Sterling was in charge. It's been not uncommon to see Oklahoma City, Miami Heat, LA clippers jerseys for well over a decade.

Notice that the clippers ratings in their best years versus the Lakers and their worst years.

The Lakers demolish the clippers four to one while sucking @ss

It's nothing new, and any sort of take over is "not happening"

That's a nice personal story, but not based in reality
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 22, 2017 5:24 pm    Post subject:

The problem with the Clippers staying in L.A. is that their 30 years of sucking won't just go away by winning 50 games and making the playoffs each year. Until CP3 was handed to them, they were widely considered the worst pro sports franchise from top to bottom. They weren't just the L.A. version of the Nets. It takes a really long time and tons of heavy lifting to remove that stench from their cachet and aura.

Even worse, this is a Laker town. It's kinda like when the Mets won the world series in 86, NYC was still a Yankee town.

To put it in Ballmer's business language, they ain't getting a significant amount of that market share in the L.A. market. If they moved to Seattle, they can rebrand themselves, take on the Sonics name, logo and colors, and have not just Seattle to themselves, but also Tacoma and all of Washington state. After maybe 5-10 years of playoff appearances there, a new generation of kids won't really have any idea that they used to be the "Clippers".
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 23, 2017 5:10 am    Post subject:

Clippers had their best years and still couldn't make much of an impact in the large scheme of things. Now Lonzo gonna attract all the new kids to Lakers.
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 23, 2017 8:07 am    Post subject:

I think the clippers should go to Seattle. They just broke ground on a 500 million dollar renovation of the key arena
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 23, 2017 9:45 am    Post subject:

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What high school was that? I work with kids for a living and I see all kinds of Laker gear still around. It isn't like Kobe retired 10 years ago or something.


That other school must be full of emo'z.


At least VLF raised his kids correctly. Screw those other parents though.
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 23, 2017 10:24 am    Post subject:

999 wrote:
I think the clippers should go to Seattle. They just broke ground on a 500 million dollar renovation of the key arena


No NBA team is going to move to the Key Arena no matter how they renovate it. That building has been renovated once before back in 1995 and it was outdated after 10 years. The arena is too small for modern day NBA teams. A renovated Key Arena proposal was floated before the Sonics moved to OKC If an NBA team is going back to Seattle it will be because they were able to build a brand new arena with all the latest amenities.
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 23, 2017 10:33 am    Post subject:

http://nba.nbcsports.com/2017/07/23/james-dolans-msg-threatens-to-sue-steve-ballmers-los-angeles-clippers/

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James Dolan’s MSG threatens to sue Steve Ballmer’s Los Angeles Clippers

This story requires a little background.

The Forum in Inglewood was best known for decades as being both fabulous and the home of the Los Angeles Lakers, back from the Jerry West era and through Magic’s “Showtime” teams. Then in 2001 the Lakers moved downtown to Staples Center, and after that the Forum went through some rough times. It was a number of things, including a mega church for a while, but mostly it was empty. Then several years ago the Madison Square Garden company (owned by Knicks owner James Dolan) bought the Forum, fixed it up, and started booking it again. Now the Forum is one of the hot major concert/event spaces in Los Angeles again, and it’s about to get a boost because it’s adjacent to where Stan Kroenke is building the new Los Angeles Rams stadium. Hello gentrification!

Now enter Steve Ballmer. The Clippers’ owner wants out of Staples Center and the Lakers’ shadow, so he has proposed to build his new arena in Inglewood in another space adjacent to the Rams stadium — land that MSG used to lease. As you might imagine, Dolan’s MSG is not thrilled — they are already battling with Staples to fill their space, now a state-of-the-art arena is moving in down the street.

In a proxy Knicks/Clippers battle, MSG may sue to Clippers and Inglewood in an attempt to block the new building. Here is what Dolan’s attorney in the case, Marvin Putnam, told the Daily Breeze in Los Angeles.

“The mayor made it extremely clear that he needed that piece of land back for a kind of ‘Silicon Beach,’ ” said Marvin Putnam, a partner with the law firm Latham & Watkins, which filed the damage claim that serves as a precursor to a lawsuit. “They’re attempting to flat-out trick people.”

(Inglewood Mayor James) Butts declined to comment, and there is no proof that he made those statements. But when Madison Square Garden Co. relinquished the parking lease to the city, its approved contract states that the land would not be used for anything that would hurt the Forum’s business, according to documents.

Right now the Clippers and Inglewood are in an exclusive negotiating agreement to come to terms on the sale and plans for the property. Putnam told the paper — and the Inglewood City Council — that if the deal goes forward they will sue to block it.

It’s impossible to say how this will turn out, although as a former government reporter I will say these cases tend to be decided in favor of the side about to spend a ton of money on a new building.
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 23, 2017 10:40 am    Post subject:

Think Ballmer might have to move the Clippers to Carson and build his new arena on that reclaimed toxic dump where the proposed Chargers/Raiders stadium was supposed to be. The proposed Inglewood Arena looks like it will be tied up in the courts with multiple lawsuits from residents protesting about eminent domain and MSG having that no compete clause in their contract with the city when they agreed to pump millions into fixing the Forum.
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 23, 2017 11:58 am    Post subject:

How would a basketball team detract from a concert venue?
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 23, 2017 12:48 pm    Post subject:

venturalakersfan wrote:
How would a basketball team detract from a concert venue?


Concert organizers would prefer the new venue
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