If NBA owners force Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling out of the league following his racist comments, Oprah Winfrey may be there to take his place.
Winfrey is part of a group, including music mogul David Geffen and Oracle CEO Larry Ellison, mulling over a bid for the professional basketball team.
While talking to ESPN, Geffen said neither he nor Oprah were interested in running the business side of the team – that would fall to Ellison. However, he said, "She thinks it would be a great thing for an important black American to own [another] franchise.
"The team deserves a better group of owners who want to win. Larry would sooner die than fail. I would sooner die than fail. Larry's a sportsman. We've talked about this for a long time. Between the three of us, we have a good shot."
A spokesperson for Oprah confirmed the news, telling ESPN, "Oprah Winfrey is in discussions with David Geffen and Larry Ellison to make a bid for the Los Angeles Clippers should the team become available."
It's currently believed the team would fetch a $1 billion price tag due to its location. It's also believed owners will vote Sterling out of the league, a move that requires a 3/4ths majority vote.
Magic Johnson, who was mentioned in the offensive audio leaked to TMZ, was rumored as a possible buyer for the team. He and the Guggenheim Partners successfully bought the L.A. Dodgers for around $1 billion. However, the NBA Hall of Famer denied the speculation and told ESPN he was instead focused on bringing the NFL back to the city.