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When Steve Ballmer, the former CEO of Microsoft, purchased the Clippers before the start of the 2014-15 season, innovation was promised. But could a leap as far as spurning traditional TV distribution for an online-based network happen as soon as 2016? Well, Ballmer’s considering it. The Clippers recently turned down a $60 million-per-year offer from Fox to remain on Prime Ticket, and while negotiations with the network are ongoing, other options, including a streaming network, are being discussed. OC Register
No major professional sports team has bypassed cable in favor of Internet distribution of games, and the chance to be on the forefront of the movement would certainly appeal to someone with Ballmer’s tech background. OC Register
The Clippers are expected to counter Fox’s $60 million offer, which is a significant increase from the team’s current deal. The Clippers have one year remaining on their contract with Prime Ticket, which is worth $25 million annually. OC Register
Among Miami Heat players conspicuously absent from the team's informal offseason workouts has been Luol Deng. For good reason. He instead has been tirelessly this summer trying to make his native part the world a better place. Friday, that activism had Deng at the White House with President Obama. This weekend it has him in Washington at "South Sudan Unite," a rally at George Washington University to end the civil strife and government corruption in his native land. South Florida Sun Sentinel
France crushed Germany 76-52 in a Eurobasket warmup on Friday, outscoring its opponent 31-0 during one stretch. But the bigger news was the achievement of Spurs reserve Boris Diaw, who played his 200th game for Les Bleus. He is the seventh Frenchman to reach that threshold, tying Jacques Monclair and trailing record-holder Herve Dubuisson by 54. San Antonio Express-News Blog
Toure' Murry, who spent five games with the Wizards last season on a 10-day contract and joined them for the Las Vegas Summer League, will return on a non-guaranteed deal for training camp next month, CSNmidatlantic.com was told by a person with knowledge of the situation. In both stints, health prevented Murry from showing what he can do. CSN Washington
The Utah Jazz have signed free agent forward J.J. O’Brien. The deal is likely non-guaranteed and merely brings O’Brien to training camp. O’Brien (6-7, 220, San Diego State) played one season at University of Utah (2010-11) before transferring to San Diego State (2011-15) to finish his collegiate career. He averaged 10.3 points, 5.2 rebounds and 2.4 assists during his senior campaign with the Aztecs. InsideHoops
The Atlanta Hawks have made hires to their Athletic Performance Team, it was announced today by President of Basketball Operations/Head Coach Mike Budenholzer. Keke (kay-kay) Lyles has been named Executive Director of Player Performance, Art Horne Head Athletic Trainer, Mike Roncarati Director of Rehabilitation and Chris Chase Athletic Performance Coach. They join Assistant Athletic Trainer Scottie Parker on the staff. InsideHoops
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