NBA to attempt to remove Donald Sterling based on breach of contract

The NBA has developed their strategy to rid themselves of Donald Sterling

5/7/14 in NBA   |   Pat   |   5232 respect

Mar 22, 2014; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling during the game against the Detroit Pistons at Staples Center. Clippers won 112-103. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY SportsNBA commissioner Adam Silver has already expressed his desire for Clippers owner Donald Sterling to sell the team, but that's easier said than done. 

According to ESPN, the NBA has been building their legal strategy to try to force Sterling out, and there's a chance that they could have something to work with.

One of those documents, which Sterling signed when he first bought the Clippers in 1981, and signed various amended versions since, states that an owner will not take any position or action that will materially and adversely affect a team or the league. Owners also sign morals clauses, which state that they will be upheld to the highest standard of ethical and moral behavior.

When morals clauses are enacted and result in termination of agreements, including endorsement deals, the courts are often charged with interpreting who was right, but sources with knowledge of the NBA's legal strategy believe that they have enough to force Sterling to sell.

Sterling will most certainly have his best lawyers on the case, so this won't be an easy fight for the NBA.

If, however, they can prove that his actions were in violation of his contract with the team and the league, it could give them some much-needed leverage in their efforts to force him to sell the team.

A more likely scenario would be his estranged wife Shelly taking over the team. She has already taken the reins, and it seems possible that she will remain in control for the foreseeable future.

Some are campaigning for the team to be taken out of Sterling family's hands altogether, but that could be an uphill battle, legally speaking.
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