Most expensive sports franchise sales of all time

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)

In this Oct. 18, 2011, file photo, then-Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer speaks at the Web. 2.0 Summit in San Francisco. With the potentially record-breaking $2 billion sale of the Los Angeles Clippers hanging in the balance, a trial beginning Monday, July 7, 2014, will focus on whether Donald Sterling's estranged wife had the authority under terms of a family trust to unilaterally negotiate the deal. Shelly Sterling struck a deal to sell the Clippers to Ballmer after Donald Sterling's racist remarks to a girlfriend were publicized and the NBA moved to oust him as team owner

FILE - In this Oct. 18, 2011, file photo, then-Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer speaks at the Web. 2.0 Summit in San Francisco. With the potentially record-breaking $2 billion sale of the Los Angeles Clippers hanging in the balance, a trial beginning Monday, July 7, 2014, will focus on whether Donald Sterling's estranged wife had the authority under terms of a family trust to unilaterally negotiate the deal. Shelly Sterling struck a deal to sell the Clippers to Ballmer after Donald Sterling's racist remarks to a girlfriend were publicized and the NBA moved to oust him as team owner. (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma, File)

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)

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)

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)

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)