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Oprah as the Clippers owner? She’s interested.

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Updated at 5:45 p.m. with confirmation from Winfrey spokesperson

Enter the name of Oprah Winfrey as the line of possible owners of the Los Angeles Clippers forms to the left.

Just think: they could be contenders and their most authentic selves.

The former daytime goddess is considering whether to join a group that includes uber-billionaires David Geffen and Larry Ellison of America’s Cup fame, ESPN reports. Now all the other NBA owners have to do is convince Donald Sterling, banned from the NBA on Tuesday, to sell. The quest to own the team is rapidly becoming a crowded field, which will only probably drive up the price and make Sterling richer, but we digress.

In addition to the WEG (Winfrey, Ellison, Geffen — you’re going to tell Oprah she doesn’t get top billing?), others who have expressed interest include: P. Diddy, Rick Ross, Floyd Mayweather Jr., Oscar de la Hoya, and Dr. Dre. Of course, Magic Johnson also reportedly is interested, although, for now, he demurs.

“Oprah Winfrey is in discussions with David Geffen and Larry Ellison to make a bid for the Clippers,” a spokesman for her told ESPN, “should the team become available.”

Naturally, there was a fair amount of merriment (predictable yet fun) to be had over this Oprah news:

After spending most of her career in traditional print sports journalism, Cindy began blogging and tweeting, first as NFL/Redskins editor, and, since August 2010, at The Early Lead. She also is the social media editor for Sports.
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