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05/14/2014

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Usongo.A

In his article,“ Who Should Really Own the Clipper? The Answer Will Surprise you.,” Bob Katz insists that Donald Sterling be removed and the city of Los Angeles should take ownership. He States, “The Clippers should be sold to the city of Los Angeles, or Los Angeles County, or a community-based ownership structure comparable to the non-profit (yes, non-profit!) corporation that since 1923 has run one of the most storied and successful franchises in all of sports, the Green Bay Packers.” I do not agree because Katz is comparing Los Angeles and Green Bay. Los Angeles is by far a larger city that Green Bay; with more people, a multitude of demographics, and ethnic groups. To say that it would be successful implies that a city with many teams cares as much as a city with only one. The Packer’s franchise has been successful because that city can maintain the people, programs, and the team simultaneously. In Los Angeles some of the school do not even have proper books for the student to be learning from. So buy the team would not be a good investment. He also writes, “They should renounce their pursuit to take over the disgraced Sterling’s ownership privileges and should put their influence and resources behind a campaign to have the Clippers sold somehow, via some mechanism, to a community-based entity representing the people and fans of greater Los Angeles”. The community based entities that Los Angeles already has is hard to maintain by governing officials. It is better for an outsider to buy the team in my opinion tan a community base organization because Los Angeles needs to work on its city and not increase its debts.

Patrick Hill

Through out the NBA offseason a major debacle that occurred was how the ownership of the Los Angeles Clippers should be handled. There were talks of transferring private ownership to owners such as Oprah, Magic Johnson, David Geffen, and so on. In Bob Katz article, “Who Should Really Own the LA Clippers? The Answer Will Surprise you,” he states that the ownership should not remain private. He points out that inevitably the Clippers are bound to be profitable. Therefore he explains that private capital is not needed. Instead Katz provides the suggestion that the Clippers should be sold to the city of Los Angeles. Katz points out that this is how the Green Bay Packers have been doing it since 1923, and they are one of the most successful franchises in the sports world.
I agree with Katz on his suggestion of having the Los Angeles Clippers not being privately owned, popular assumption may be indifferent to this. Donald Sterling made a few racist remarks, and we can all agree with that statement. With that being said the fans and players of the Clippers want to see ownership change. How the change will go about is the issue. I agree with Katz that selling the team to the city of Los Angeles would be a great idea. With this there would be no ownership problems and the team would be run basically like a publicly traded company. There are people whom are indifferent to this for the reason being it is an abstract idea. Only one other professional sports team does this. That fact can mislead the public, even though the Packers are successful with it. The Packers are also doing it in an awful market, as opposed to LA, which is a great market.

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