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Sponsors Abandon Clippers, Setting Stage For NBA Action

Publication Date: 
April 29, 2014
Los Angeles Times
Stuart Pfeifer, Ben Bolch, James Rainey

Professor Bill Gould weighs in on the possible actions available to players of the Los Angeles Clippers in light of controversial statements by the team's owner for The Los Angeles Times. 

A stream of sponsors cut ties with the Los Angeles Clippers, and Mayor Eric Garcetti called for the harshest possible punishment Monday as NBA Commissioner Adam Silver prepared to announce the results of his investigation into remarks about blacks attributed to team owner Donald Sterling.

Sterling's purported comments were widely condemned, and the commissioner, after three months as leader of the 30-team league, confronts one of the most unsettling crises the NBA has faced in recent years.


William B. Gould IV, a Stanford law professor and expert on labor relations, said it would be difficult for players to make such a move unless they had specific clauses placed in their contracts about working conditions.