Donald Sterling a man, who never met a lawsuit he didn’t love, lost his battle to stop the $2 billion sale of his Los Angeles Clippers to Steve Ballmer. But even in losing Sterling stands to make hundreds of millions of dollars from the sale of the team.

The sale of the team rids the NBA and the Clippers of Sterling — a man who has been called the worst owner in the history of professional sports — and changes the landscape of professional sports ownership. The $2 billion price tag increases the value of every North American sports franchise. More importantly, Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Michael Lavanas' ruling sends a clear message — one’s actions can lead to one losing their right to own a sports franchise.

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Former Microsoft executive Steve Ballmer, whose personal net worth exceeds $21 billion, is expected to officially become Clippers owner in the near future.  The NBA, which banned Sterling only days after the release of offensive and repulsive statements, can now move forward.  

Forbes Magazine's latest financial valuation determined the average NBA team was worth $634 million, believing the Clippers had a value of $575 million, below league average and 13th in the NBA. The New York Knicks at $1.4 billion, Los Angeles Lakers at $1.3 billion and Chicago Bulls at $1 billion were the only NBA franchises Forbes believed were worth more than $1 billion.

Sterling paid $12.5 million for the Clippers in 1981 (the team then called San Diego home) walks away with a King’s Ransom. Sterling proved time and time again during the 33 years he owned the Clippers to be a challenge to the NBA and Clippers fan base. Sterling may have lost in court Monday, but he ends up with a huge financial win at the end of the day.

His decision to move the Clippers to Los Angeles from San Diego in 1984 included an NBA imposed $25 million penalty. In what would become a trademark of his tumultuous ownership, Sterling sued the NBA for $100 million in an attempt to avoid the $25 million fine. The league reduced the fine to $6 million.

Over a 33-year period, the Clippers had two winning seasons and time and time again Sterling refused to sign any marquee NBA talent or try and keep the players the team drafted and developed into NBA stars.  In 2009 the Clippers had the dubious distinction of being branded the worst team in professional sports by ESPN The Magazine. 

Basketball Hall of Famer and former Los Angeles Clippers general manager Elgin Baylor unsuccessfully sued Sterling, alleging that Sterling had fired Baylor because of his age when Baylor was the team’s general manager. Regardless the outcome of the Baylor lawsuit, the optics of a member of the Basketball Hall of Fame suing an NBA owner was terrible for the National Basketball Association back in 2008 and remains the same today.

One of the more interesting components of the court case was the release of the Clippers bid book used in assisting the Sterling Trust in selling the team.

ESPN obtained a copy of the book which suggested the Clippers could expect $62.3 million from ticket sales, $25.8 million from its local cable televison agreements and $24.1 million from other Clipper related revenue sources. According to the bid book the Clippers share of the NBA's national television agreement and other league shared revenue stood at $52.7 million. Adding up the revenues and subtracting the cost of player costs, the total operating revenue for the Clippers during the 2013-14 season stood at around $100 million. That doesn't include arena rental, front office salaries and additional day-to-day expenses the team incurred.

"No team in the history of sports has sold for six times total revenues, so that should give you an idea of how crazy this purchase price is," a sports banker who was not involved in the transaction told ESPN.

According to The Bank of America, NBA franchises have been sold for an average of 3-4 times their annual operating costs over the last five years. Ballmer bought the Clippers for 12.1 times more than their estimated $164.9 million revenue earned for the current year, which ended in June. 

Even with this landmark sale, the Los Angeles Lakers remain the most valuable Los Angeles based NBA franchise. Two years ago, the Lakers and Time Warner agreed to a $3.6 billion, 20-year local television agreement. The Lakers may not be the powerhouse franchise they once were on the basketball court. They still represent the NBA's gold standard in business, however.

The Clippers' current local television agreement expires at the end of the 2015-16 NBA season. If the Lakers are receiving $180 million annually from Time Warner Cable given, the Clippers local cable agreement is expected to average mo

re than $75 million a year.

The NBA is getting ready to renegotiate their national television agreements, another area in which the Clippers can expect to enjoy a dramatic revenue increase along with the 29 other NBA franchises. All told, Bank of America expects the Clippers local and national television rights to exceed $178 million annually.

Finally, the current NBA collective bargaining agreement reduced the percentage NBA players received from basketball-related revenues from 57 to 50 percent, which was another factor in the Clippers $2 billion sale price.

Does the $2 billion price Ballmer paid for the Los Angeles Clippers serve as an indication of what it will cost to buy a professional sports franchise in the future? The answer remains clouded. The value of every North American based sports franchise grows by between five and 10 percent after Ballmer’s decision to buy the Clippers.

One example comes in the Buffalo Bills franchise, which was valued at $830 million in 2013, according to Forbes. It’s reasonable to expect the Bills to be sold for $1 billion, maybe as much as $1.25 billion. The sale of the Clippers impacts what the Bills will be sold for but it won’t push the price to anywhere near $2 billion.

Ballmer is overpaying for the Clippers because he wants to own a sports franchise in the greater Los Angeles market. Ballmer wants to buy the next best NBA franchise to the one the Buss family owns. Jack Nicholson may not own court side seats for Clippers games, but one day he may and that’s one of the biggest reasons Ballmer paid $2 billion for the Clippers. The Clippers in the center of the entertainment universe.

Howard Bloom is a Sporting News contributor and the long-time publisher of Sports Business News. He can be reached at [email protected]