Most expensive sports franchise sales of all time

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After a judge's ruling against Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling cleared the way for ex-Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer's $2 billion purchase of the team, the NBA said Tuesday the sale of the franchise is closed. This transaction roughly ties the sale of the Los Angeles Dodgers for the highest price paid for a professional sports franchise.

Here is a look at some of the most expensive transactions:

(All data courtesy of the Associated Press)

Los Angeles Dodgers part-owner Magic Johnson, center left, and broadcaster Vin Scully laugh as they walk on the field before a baseball game against the San Francisco Giants, Friday, April 4, 2014, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
Los Angeles Dodgers part-owner Magic Johnson, center left, and broadcaster Vin Scully laugh as they walk on the field before a baseball game against the San Francisco Giants, Friday, April 4, 2014, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
Los Angeles Dodgers part-owner Magic Johnson, center left, and broadcaster Vin Scully laugh as they walk on the field before a baseball game against the San Francisco Giants, Friday, April 4, 2014, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
Miami Dolphins owner Stephen Ross, center, walks off the field with Dolphins outside linebacker Jason Trusnik (93) after the team defeated the New England Patriots 24-20 in an NFL football game on Sunday, Dec. 15, 2013, in Miami Gardens, Fla. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)
Miami Dolphins owner Stephen Ross, center, walks off the field with Dolphins outside linebacker Jason Trusnik (93) after the team defeated the New England Patriots 24-20 in an NFL football game on Sunday, Dec. 15, 2013, in Miami Gardens, Fla. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)
Miami Dolphins owner Stephen Ross, center, walks off the field with Dolphins outside linebacker Jason Trusnik (93) after the team defeated the New England Patriots 24-20 in an NFL football game on Sunday, Dec. 15, 2013, in Miami Gardens, Fla. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)
This April 10, 2014 photo shows a view of the field from inside Wrigley Field's iconic scoreboard during a baseball game between Pittsburgh Pirates and Chicago Cubs, in Chicago. With Boston's Fenway Park and Wrigley the only two stadiums in the majors with primary manual scoreboards, it has been a job largely shrouded in mystery until the Cubs allowed The Associated Press climb the steel ladder through the steel floor of the scoreboard for a rare visit to mark Wrigley's 100-year anniversary. (AP Photo/Kiichiro Sato)
Tech boom presents new wrinkles for Wrigley Field
This April 10, 2014 photo shows a view of the field from inside Wrigley Field's iconic scoreboard during a baseball game between Pittsburgh Pirates and Chicago Cubs, in Chicago. With Boston's Fenway Park and Wrigley the only two stadiums in the majors with primary manual scoreboards, it has been a job largely shrouded in mystery until the Cubs allowed The Associated Press climb the steel ladder through the steel floor of the scoreboard for a rare visit to mark Wrigley's 100-year anniversary. (AP Photo/Kiichiro Sato)
Items for San Diego Padres fans line a shelf before an opening day baseball game between the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Padres on Sunday, March 30, 2014, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)
Items for San Diego Padres fans line a shelf before an opening day baseball game between the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Padres on Sunday, March 30, 2014, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)
Items for San Diego Padres fans line a shelf before an opening day baseball game between the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Padres on Sunday, March 30, 2014, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)
LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 21: Fulham Chairman Shahid Khan celebrates after Steve Sidwell of Fulham scores their team'ssecond goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Crystal Palace and Fulham at Selhurst Park on October 21, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)
Crystal Palace v Fulham - Premier League
LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 21: Fulham Chairman Shahid Khan celebrates after Steve Sidwell of Fulham scores their team'ssecond goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Crystal Palace and Fulham at Selhurst Park on October 21, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)
ST. LOUIS, MO - SEPTEMBER 8: Members of the St. Louis Rams cheerleaders squad preform in-between quarters during a game against the Arizona Cardinals at the Edward Jones Dome on September 8, 2013 in St. Louis, Missouri. The Rams beat the Cardinals 27-24. (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)
Arizona Cardinals v St. Louis Rams
ST. LOUIS, MO - SEPTEMBER 8: Members of the St. Louis Rams cheerleaders squad preform in-between quarters during a game against the Arizona Cardinals at the Edward Jones Dome on September 8, 2013 in St. Louis, Missouri. The Rams beat the Cardinals 27-24. (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)
Houston Texans fans celebrate after the Houston Texans chose South Carolina defensive end Jadeveon Clowney as the number one overall pick in the NFL draft Thursday, May 8, 2014, in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
Houston Texans fans celebrate after the Houston Texans chose South Carolina defensive end Jadeveon Clowney as the number one overall pick in the NFL draft Thursday, May 8, 2014, in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
Houston Texans fans celebrate after the Houston Texans chose South Carolina defensive end Jadeveon Clowney as the number one overall pick in the NFL draft Thursday, May 8, 2014, in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

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