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NBA Owners To Begin Process Of Ousting Donald Sterling

SAN ANTONIO, TX - MAY 19: (2nd L) Team owner Donald Sterling of the Los Angeles Clippers watches the San Antonio Spurs play against the Memphis Grizzlies during Game One of the Western Conference Finals of the 2013 NBA Playoffs at AT&T Center on May 19, 2013 in San Antonio, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

SAN ANTONIO, TX – MAY 19: (2nd L) Team owner Donald Sterling of the Los Angeles Clippers watches the San Antonio Spurs play against the Memphis Grizzlies during Game One of the Western Conference Finals of the 2013 NBA Playoffs at AT&T Center on May 19, 2013 in San Antonio, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

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NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) – The NBA owners’ advisory/finance committee will hold a meeting Thursday to discuss the next steps in the removal of Donald Sterling as owner of the Los Angeles Clippers.

The 10-member committee will have a conference call two days after Commissioner Adam Silver banned Sterling for life from the league and fined him $2.5 million for making racist comments. Silver also said he would urge owners to use their power to force Sterling to sell the team.

That would require the support of three-fourths of the league’s owners in a vote. Silver said Tuesday during a news conference that he was confident he had the votes, which appears true given the numerous statements of support that were released by teams.

“Adam has the votes – all of them, I believe,” an NBA source told Yahoo! Sports earlier this week.

Minnesota owner Glen Taylor chairs the committee, which also includes Miami’s Micky Arison, the Lakers’ Jeanie Buss, Oklahoma City’s Clay Bennett, New York’s James Dolan, Boston’s Wyc Grousbeck, San Antonio’s Peter Holt, Phoenix’s Robert Sarver, Indiana’s Herb Simon, and Toronto’s Larry Tanenbaum.

PICK-A-SIDE: WHO SHOULD OWN THE CLIPPERS?

Several household names have expressed an interest in bidding on the franchise if it becomes available. Oprah Winfrey’s spokesperson said Winfrey is considering a purchase of the franchise with business magnates David Geffen and Larry Ellison. Others on the record include boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr., actor Matt Damon, and rap moguls Dr. Dre and Diddy.

“I’m a fan. I bring something to the table, it’s fun and I can afford it,” Geffen told ESPN. “I live in L.A., that’s one thing that makes it attractive.”

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