Oprah Winfrey is at the center of an empire that includes stakes in a cable network and a glitzy magazine. Is she about to add a major sports team to her holdings?
"Oprah Winfrey is in discussions with David Geffen and Larry Ellison to make a bid for the Los Angeles Clippers should the team become available," said Nicole Nichols, a spokeswoman for the lifestyle guru, in a statement. The Wall Street Journal previously reported Winfrey's interest in the team.
National Basketball Association commissioner Adam Silver ruled that current owner Donald Sterling was banned from the league after being caught on tape uttering racist remarks about African-Americans. According to Silver, Sterling verified his voice was the one heard on the recording. Silver has said he will try to get NBA owners to press for a sale of the Clippers, which Sterling has held for decades.
Geffen told ESPN on Wednesday that Oprah is "not interested in running the team," remarking, "She thinks it would be a great thing for an important black American to own (another) franchise."
"The team deserves a better group of owners who want to win," he added. "Larry would sooner die than fail. I would sooner die than fail. Larry's a sportsman. We've talked about this for a long time. Between the three of us, we have a good shot."