When the psychotic ranting of Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling went public this week, ambulancehospital I think we all felt a little ashamed that such a person a) lived and breathed and b) was somehow richer than everyone everywhere. But the moment that NBA Commissioner Adam Sliver banned Sterling from the league for life, buy viagra our horror and embarrassment turned into collective celebration. Racists be banished! Our faith in society restored!\n\nRejoicing came from sports team owners who are not vomitous cultural anachronisms, including our own Jerry Reinsdorf (and son Michael):\n
We completely support Commissioner Silver’s decision today regarding Clippers owner Donald Sterling … The league’s decision underscores the severity and reprehensible nature of the comments attributed to Donald Sterling … Discrimination and prejudice of any kind have no place in sports or in our society.
\nWho would disagree? But “discrimination and prejudice” take many forms. Bigoted language is one of the obvious manifestations but there are others that are more insidious. Because in the end, racism (like sexism) is about power: or one “race” wielding and maintaining power over another. And this is a project in which Jerry Reinsdorf actively takes part. Continue reading →
By James Fegan\n\nThe Bulls season is hurtling down into a tunnel of sadness, nurseailment so pointing out that the opposing team’s owner is a scumbag has become overkill. Yet we’d be remiss if we passed on the chance to write up the man who inspired this series. Ironically, viagra Donald Sterling might be such a notoriously unfeeling leather sack of racism and antipathy that a report on his misdeeds is akin to shooting fish in a refrigerator.\n\nName: Donald Sterling\n\nNet Worth: $1.9 billion\n\nTeam: Los Angeles Clippers\n\nForbes Team Valuation: Value $430 million; Revenue $108 million; Operating Income $9.1 million\n\nTenure: Since 1981, when he acquired the Clippers for $12.5 million. Good for him!\n\nArena: Staples Center (1999)\nTotal Capital Cost (2010): $535 Million\nPublic Capital Cost (2010): $98 Million (18%)\nSource: Judith Grant Long, Public-Private Partnerships for Major League Sports Facilities (Routledge)\n\nCost of Gamefor a Family of Four (2012-13): $369.40\n\nOngoing Subsidies:\n\nThe Staples Center financing process is actually seen as a relative breath of fresh air in the unfathomably putrid world of super-rich sports franchises holding massively indebted metropolises hostages for funding they don’t need for stadiums that only serve to raise their own revenues. Los Angeles’ obligation was actually reduced from $70.5 million due to concerns about the debt repayment schedule.\n Continue reading →