April 30, 2014 -- intro: A day after the NBA banned Donald Sterling for life, several others are expressing interest in buying his former team, the Los Angeles Clippers.
One such person? Oprah Winfrey, who made a bid along with music mogul David Geffen and Oracle Corporation co-founder Larry Ellison.
"Oprah is not interested in running the team," Geffen told ESPN. "She thinks it would be a great thing for an important black American to own [another] franchise."
In a statement, Winfrey said she "is in discussions with David Geffen and Larry Ellison to make a bid for the Los Angeles Clippers should the team become available."
That's not the only reason to hope that the NBA accepts their bid. Here are five reasons it would be great for Oprah to own a stake in the Clippers.
quicklist: 1 title: She's a Woman text: Right now, the majority of NBA teams are owned by men -- except for the Los Angeles Lakers, which is in part owned by Jeanie Buss. It's time to add more woman to that list, and this would be a great place to start.
quicklist: 2 title: Good Old Fashioned Star Power text: Oprah counts Tina Turner, Patti LaBelle and other A-list singers among her close friends. Imagine who she'd bring to games -- and who could possibly perform at half-time!
quicklist: 3 title: She's Personable text: Name an NBA owner other than Mark Cuban. It's tough, isn't it? This could be a way for basketball fans to better understand the business side of the league, and who knows? Maybe should help expose more personal sides to her players. (We hear she has some experience doing interviews...)
quicklist: 4 title: Giveaways! text: Sometimes at professional sports events, the franchise will give away calendars, magnets or programs. Remember Oprah's giveaways as a talk show hosts? Maybe... you'll get a car! And you'll get a car! And... well. We can dream.
quicklist: 5 title: Her Announcements text: There isn't a single person we'd rather hear announce the names of the L.A. CLIIIIPPEEEEERS!