New Clippers arena being discussed by Inglewood city council

INGLEWOOD, Calif. (AP) Inglewood Mayor James Butts and the five-member City Council will meet to review an exclusive negotiating agreement between the city and the Los Angeles Clippers that could lead to building a new arena for the NBA team.

The agreement will be discussed Thursday morning at a public hearing in the Los Angeles suburb.

If approved, it would pave the way for the city and the Clippers to pursue development of a 20,000-seat arena. It would be on a 20-acre parcel located across the street from the under-construction NFL stadium that will be home to the Chargers and Rams.

The Clippers have a lease to play at Staples Center in downtown Los Angeles through 2024. However, the team's billionaire owner, Steve Ballmer, has been public about his desire for a new arena since he bought the Clippers for $2 billion in 2014.

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