Donald Sterling appears to have run out of options to block the sale of the Los Angeles Clippers to former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer.
Sterling's appeal of Tuesday's decision that closed the sale of the Clippers was denied Wednesday. The team's former owner had filed a request for an immediate stay.
"The evidence before this court indicates the sale of the Los Angeles Clippers to Steven Ballmer has closed," the 2nd Appellate District Court said in its ruling. "Thus, there is nothing for this court to stay."
The court added that Sterling "failed to show that the balancing of the relative harms favors granting a temporary stay or supersedeas."
Ballmer bid an NBA-record $2 billion to purchase the franchise after the league suspended Sterling and ordered the sale of the team because of his racially sensitive remarks that were captured on tape.
"While we have no doubt Donald Sterling will appeal to the Supreme Court, we are beyond thrilled and gratified and supremely confident that this is now over and done and Steve Ballmer is the undisputed owner of the Los Angeles Clippers," Ballmer's attorney, Adam Streisand, said.
Pierce O'Donnell, the lawyer for Sterling's wife Shelly, said she was happy with the outcome. Her earlier approval cleared the way for the franchise to be sold.
"It is time for Donald to accept that the game is over and he has run out of courts," O'Donnell said. "For the Clippers, it is a new era under a new owner whose commitment to excellence and passion will take the team to an NBA championship."
Donald Sterling bought the team in 1981 for $12 million. The 80-year-old billionaire has additional lawsuits pending in state and federal courts against the NBA and his wife.