Inglewood council to vote on exclusive negotiating deal with Clippers

Posted June 16, 2017

The Clippers were previously tenants of Los Angeles County when they played in the LA Sports Arena, and have been tenants of AEG playing in the Staples Center since 1999. Since he took over as owner, Ballmer has tried to burnish the image of the Clippers.

Ever since LA Clippers' owner Steve Ballmer dropped $2 billion to buy the team, he's spoken of getting them their own arena.

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Another L.A. Times report says that on Thursday the city of Inglewood will vote on an negotiating agreement with the Clippers. The old Forum is right next to the Rams stadium project meaning Inglewood would have two state of the art arenas in the same city. The Clippers have a long-term lease with the Staples Center, and Vincent Bonsignore of the O.C. Register writes that "if all goes according to plan, [the Clippers] could be looking at an opening in time for 2022/23 season". The Clippers aren't expected to break ground on a new arena anytime soon. Ballmer became agitated with the arrangement fairly early in his ownership, sources said. Ballmer okayed putting up pictures of the Clippers in front of the Lakers' championship banners and retired jerseys, but that's just a band-aid. The front of the arena is littered with statues honoring great Lakers and Kings players from Magic Johnson to Wayne Gretzky.