When I heard NBA commissioner Adam Silver say that he was banning LA Clippers owner Donald Sterling “for life” from the team and the NBA, the word “wow” almost involuntarily came from my mouth. The pundits were speculating that he might issue an indefinite ban and perhaps strengthen it later.
Besides his over-the-top, caricature-style racism, Sterling is the worst kind of sports team owner. He has admitted that his purchase of the Clippers was purely a business decision. He has shown very little interest over the years in turning the team into anything resembling a contender. Now that the Clippers are a good team, it seems appropriate that he is being shown the door.
I can think of two owners in Dallas, Mark Cuban of the Mavericks and Jerry Jones of the Cowboys, who have Texas-sized egos. But no one can claim that they are not passionate about their teams and the leagues in which they play.