billionaire owner Steve Ballmer's got his sights set on breaking new ground by "starting his own over-the-top streaming network" to broadcast Clipper games locally, according to Claire Atkinson of the New York Post:The Los Angeles Clippers' local broadcast rights deal is set to expire at the end of the 2015-16 NBA season. When it does,
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If he follows through on the plan, Ballmer, the former CEO of Microsoft, would be the first owner of a major US sports team to deliver games direct-to-consumer via a Web-based service and not through traditional cable or satellite companies, sources said.
Clippers games are now aired to roughly 5 million Los Angeles-area homes through Fox Sports’ Prime Ticket regional sports network in a deal that runs through the 2015-16 season.
Prime Ticket currently pays the team a rights fee of $25 million a year — and offered a 140 percent increase, to $60 million, but the billionaire BallmerRead More »from Report: Steve Ballmer turns down $60M per year local TV deal, eyes all-Clippers streaming service