Prof. Lazaroff quoted on Clippers legal battle
Professor Daniel Lazaroff was quoted in The Associated Press and The Christian Science Monitor on the impending legal battle between Donald Sterling, the owner of the Los Angeles Clippers, and the NBA.
Excerpt from The Associated Press:
"As long as the NBA meticulously follows its own constitution and rules regarding the Clippers sale, it will be difficult for Sterling to find a legal theory that would stand up in court, said Daniel Lazaroff, director of the Sports Law Institute at Loyola Law School in Los Angeles.
'This is not an antitrust issue. This is not a First Amendment issue,' Lazaroff said. 'It's a question limited to the interpretation of the NBA constitution and bylaws, and whether those terms are met.'"
Excerpt from The Christian Science Monitor:
"'The fact is that you can make people sell property in America under certain circumstances,' says Dan Lazaroff, director of the Loyola Sports Law Institute at Loyola Law School in Los Angeles.
'In this case, Sterling is a party to the NBA constitution and bylaws,' Mr. Lazaroff elaborates. 'That document provides for a forced sale when specific procedures are followed and articulated conditions are met. The league's position is that Sterling's comments satisfy the requirements for ownership termination. He obviously disagrees. That's why we have lawyers, juries, and judges.'"