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Report: Clippers exploring new arena sites

Clippers owner Steve Ballmer has begun  looking at new sites for an arena, according to ESPN.

The Clippers would neither confirm or deny they are actively searching for a location. However, ESPN reports that one area that piques the franchise’s interest is the west side of Los Angeles. 

Currently, the Clippers are co-tenants of Staples Center, which is owned and operated by Auschutz Entertainment group (AEG). They have shared the facility with the Los Angeles Lakers and Los Angeles Kings since the arena opened prior to the 1999-2000 NBA season. 

In January 2013, the Clippers signed a 10-year extension which would keep the team in Staples Center until 2024. At that point, the Clippers could make their move to a new facility. 

The new facility would allow the team to maximize earning potential via naming rights, business operations, sponsorship and concessions. 

As of now, the Clippers are the third tenant in Staples. This gives them less share of suites and club seats. It also gives them a lesser say in scheduling.

Further, the Clippers can not control the fan experience as they would like. 

Plus, the Clippers do not own their training center. A new arena complex would very likely include a new practice facility. It could also include developments of the surrounding land, similar to L.A. Live. 

Apparently, this move has quietly happening for a while.

The Clippers have been trying to emerge out of the Lakers’ shadow. Proof of this includes covering up the Lakers’ banners.

Lastly, the new Clippers’ home will be in Los Angeles. Ballmer recently said he will die owning the L.A. Clippers in Los Angeles, during a tech summit in Seattle. 

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Pete D. Camarillo is currently a credentialed Lakers writer for SportsOutWest and co-host of the weekly Touchdowns and Tangents podcast. Pete enjoys creating content about music, life and West Coast Sports, specifically the NBA and NFL. He has published more than 1,000 articles across various publications including ClutchPoints, FullPressCoverage, TheSportsDaily, Fansided and Inquistr. Pete is also currently a full-time media relations professional for Business Wire and he is active in ONA, SPJ, NABJ and AAJA organizations in Los Angeles. The 2015 CSUN Journalism grad volunteers on his Journalism Alumni Association Board of Directors now. His background includes community relations with the L.A. Clippers during the 2014-15 season. studying sports management, football coaching and earning a fellowship for his entrepreneurship ventures. Follow him on Twitter @petecertified.
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