from Ken Campbell of The Hockey News,
If you believe those in the hockey industry who keep tabs on such things, the Kings are for sale. But that should come as no surprise. The Kings are one of those teams that perpetually seems to be for sale from its parent company (AEG) even when there’s little or no outside interest in buying them. If you believe AEG chief executive officer Dan Beckerman, who called a recent report in the New York Post that the Kings are for sale “appalling,” well then the Kings aren’t going anywhere.
The truth probably lies somewhere in between. While the Kings might not be for sale and AEG might not be looking for buyers, it’s not a stretch to suggest the company would sell the Kings if there were interest.
And according to one person close to such matters, there actually is an interested buyer. Well, sort of. And it’s, get ready for this one, reportedly former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, who recently purchased the Los Angeles Clippers for $2 billion. Ballmer, who was spotted sitting and chatting with Kings president of business operations Luc Robitaille at Game 6 of the Western Conference final, isn’t completely keen on buying the Kings, according to our source, but might have to take them as part of a much bigger transaction.
The speculation surrounding Ballmer is that, according to out source, is in negotiations to purchase the Staples Center from AEG and the L.A. Arena Company (a subsidiary of AEG) for a price tag of about $1 billion. But our source tells us that AEG would only sell the Staples Center if the Kings were also part of the deal.
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