Steve Ballmer Wants to Buy Staples Center, Maybe LA Kings

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http://www.thehockeynews.com/blog/could-clippers-owner-steve-ballmer-b ecome-king-of-kings/ Could Clippers owner Steve Ballmer become king of Kings? By: Ken Campbell on June 8, 2014 EN ROUTE TO NEW YORK The Los Angeles Kings are two wins away from their second Stanley Cup in three years. And depending upon whom you believe, they're on the verge of being sold. If you believe those in the hockey industry who keep tabs on such things, the Kings are for sale. But that should come as no surprise. The Kings are one of those teams that perpetually seems to be for sale from its parent company (AEG) even when there's little or no outside....

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is ballmer sick? or is he just trying to spend his $$$ and enjoy it now that he's older?

if that's the case hook me up... lol

It would be interesting if this was true....

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I hope he give the flakers the boot. Very Happy

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Yes I'm hoping he boots the lakers and toss their banners on the street

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I jokingly said this is what he should do in another thread,then give the Lakers the boot. Ask and ye shall receive I guess.

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I'd love for him to own the Kings as well. Lots of cross-promotion opportunities.

ClipperKyle32
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So i guess he is moving the Clippers, Kings , and the entire Staples Center to Seattle? *sarcasm*

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It's good to be the King.

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Interesting.

If he doesn't have to pay rent for the Clipps. Does this in any way offset the huge price? How does the Kings poorit margin fit the equation? His cost is only the cost of hosting the games at Staples. He gets rent for the Lakers plus all the other stuff. CAn he icrease the revenue of the Kigs? What is the overall net of Staples now?

Does he overpay for the teams but make up for it with Staples?

Interesting

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He can afford Clips, staples center, & kings. He's worth 20+ billion.

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What a guy. I'm pretty sure that he would spend more for the Clippers.

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The plan:

Buy Staples center...

Publicly whine about a poor ROI from the lakers' "lease" due to it being a % of box office and nobody attending their games anymore because they're crap...

Put it in the media that their lease won't be renewed because he could make more money from Rihanna and Lady Gaga shaking their coochies at 20,000 people 41 times a year, thereby forcing the lakers to look elsewhere for a home...

Swoop in to "rescue" them by offering to build them an arena...

Sell the Clippers and Staples to Ellison/Geffen to bypass NBA's 'conflict of interest' concerns...

Build arena in Seattle with the proceeds...

Buy lakers and move them there.

And, Bingo! Everybody's happy (except laker fans, but then, they start riots when they're happy)

Ladies and Gentlemen, I give you...

The Seattle LakerSonics!

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As of this morning it appears the sale is off. Ballmer should be Staples and kick both NBA teams out.

JQuick32
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If Ballmer does end up owning both teams, another positive is that Doc could learn from Dean Lombardi (one of the best GM's in sports).

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I think that buy the Staples center as well as the LA Kings would be a great move for Ballmer. It would be a fast way to get his 2 billion back. I mean if AEG is packaging the Kings and Staples center together for just 1.5 billion it's almost a no brainer. I don't think kicking the Lakers out of the Staples center would be right or something Ballmer should do if he were to become the owner of the arena. I hate the Lakers just as much as the next guy but they already have statues outside, a....

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FreaKeyy
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Kicking the Lakers out is a little to harsh. Just having the luxury to shut their fans up whenever they say we should move is enough for me.

Laker fan: Dude your team needs to leave Staples Center and build their own arena.

Me: Uhh No! We can still share the arena

Another Laker fan: ummm I think Clips owner also owns Staples Center

Me: Bingo! See, if anything you guys should move *Wink* Wink*

Laker fans: Fckkk!

Such a satisfying conversation... only if this actually happens.

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I don't necessarily think Ballmer should kick them out but if I were the Lakers, I would start thinking about building my own arena. As big a brand as they are, they could sell naming rights for a ton of money. Farmer's was willing to fork over $700 million for the dead football stadium. If they could just get half of that then it would make sense financially to go build their own crib.

The statues can be easily moved and the banners can be taken down in less than an hour. Those are moot points. Change Chick Hearn Ct. to Ralph Lawler Ct. and we're rolling. More importantly, the Clippers can finally claim NBA exclusivity at Staples.

This isn't HS basketball with a JV and a varsity. NBA teams are billion dollar assets. They shouldn't be sharing an arena.

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Here's what I don't get though. Why spend a billion on Staples and another $500 million on the Kings when you can build your own arena for a third of that?

I'm all for Ballmer being able to buy Staples but a billion seems a bit outlandish given that it was built for a little over $300 million and it's a 15 year old building. Arena values actually go down with age unlike houses.

That being said, the Clipper lease is horrible. They get ZERO revenue from suite sales. If Ballmer owns the arena, he would now have access to suite revenue that would be worth over $40 million a year. Still doesn't justify spending $1.5 billion on the arena when he can build his own with a third of that but yes, he would start making his money back on a much quicker basis than what he's getting back now.

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Here's what I don't get though. Why spend a billion on Staples and another $500 million on the Kings when you can build your own arena for a third of that? I'm all for Ballmer being able to buy Staples but a billion seems a bit outlandish given that it was built for a little over $300 million and it's a 15 year old building. Arena values actually go down with age unlike houses. That being said, the Clipper lease is horrible. They get ZERO revenue from suite sales. If Ballmer owns the arena, he would now have access to suite revenue....

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I am optimistic, but if Ballmer happens to purchase the Staples Center... Could He possibly break the lease between the Clippers and the Staples Center. And move the team to Seattle?

I am not saying he would , I am just asking could he?

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It would be a lot easier to move to Seattle if he bought Staples Center but would make even less sense than it does now because he would be another $1.5 billion "poorer". It would be a lot cheaper to just buyout the current lease for $30 million if he wanted to move to Seattle. Of course, he'd be at the mercy of whether or not AEG would agree to the buyout but it would be a lot cheaper than outright buying Staples and the Kings for $1.5 billion.

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Right. That's where I get the $40 million from. A combination of all events at Staples and not just the Clippers although I didn't factor the VIP seats in there so the amount is going to be more than $40 million but I still don't think it justifies a $1.5 billion expense when you can save over $1 billion building your own arena from scratch.

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He can't move them anyway. In the agreement to sell to Ballmer he can't relocate the team. So the clippers isn't going anywhere.

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I hope Ballmer buys Staples and evicts the Clippers and no other arena will take us. Maybe literally not having a place to field a team will force DTS' hand and make him relent and sell.

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Spoken like a true fan.

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He probably wants to buy the Kings even more now that they won the Cup. Very Happy

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I wondering if Steve still planning on buying Staples Center/LA Kings. I hope so.then we can give the lakers eviction notice when their lease is up. Go back to The Forum where you belong. Lol.

For some strange reason lakers fans think they own Staples Center. Lol. wink

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I'm all for it. One thing we should consider though is the possibility of Ballmer just going on his own and building his own crib. With all the red tape hassle and EIR that goes on in LA county, the arena wouldn't be ready to go until the lease was almost up so it's not that far fetched. As much as some people like Staples Center, let's be honest about the sightlines. The upper bowl, where the diehards are, is lousy for basketball. A BASKETBALL CENTRIC arena somewhere else in the city would be pretty cool too.

If Ballmer really wanted hockey that much, he could've stayed in Seattle. The NHL is ready to expand to Seattle as soon as the arena is ready. The thing is, he really doesn't care about hockey and has made it clear that he's a hoops junkie. Paying $500 million for a hockey team may be a little outlandish even for someone as wealthy as Ballmer. That would make the total $1.5 billion. Why not build an arena for a 3rd that where the arena is painted red, white and blue, has nothing but Clipper paraphernalia in the store and has a Ralph Lawler statue out front? IMO, that would be awesome.

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I wouldn't be surprised at all if Ballmer starts pulling power plays in LA with all of his $$$$$$ once he gets a taste of the Clippers/Lakers rivalry. The D-bag Flaker fans will hopefully motivate him lol

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I would love to have our own arena. If Ballmer does decide to buy Staples , which be idiotic, I would see it as the Lakers make us more money. I can't stand when people....

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IF Steve did buy staples, it would be for business investments only. He likes to MAKE money, not spend it. But if he did own it, I wish he would tell the Grammy awards....

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Guys, if Ballmer were to buy the Staples center and Kings that would solve many problems. I asked one of our ticket reps this season why the price for concessions were so high, even for Ticket holders. They replied that since AEG owns Staples they set the prices for beer, drinks, food, and anything else not related to the team. I suggested that a price fluctuation would be great if we owned Staples. For example, Clippers season ticket holders get the best value, standard Clippers tickets have the next best value, and during Lakers games or other events we could charge the highest rate for everything, which would be the current rate. That would definitely give our fans a sense of ownership of the stadium.

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Guys, if Ballmer were to buy the Staples center and Kings that would solve many problems. I asked one of our ticket reps this season why the price for concessions were so high, even for Ticket holders. They replied that since AEG owns Staples they set the prices for beer, drinks, food, and anything else not related to the team. I suggested that a price fluctuation would be great if we owned Staples. For example, Clippers season ticket holders get the best value, standard Clippers tickets have the next best value, and during Lakers games or....

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JQuick32
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As a Kings fan, Ballmer owning them too would be awesome. Maybe he won't alienate the fans like AEG is doing by retiring Rob "The Traitor" Blake's number!

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lol, yeah that would be awesome. Give them a taste of the same treatment they've given us over the years. Still, if we did own the Stadium how cool would it be to tease lakers fans with "your rent is due mother fu##er!"

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I would rather evict the lakers hahahaha

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jarca wrote:
I would rather evict the lakers hahahaha

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