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Sponsors Have Begun to Abandon the Clippers (PRNewser)
The controversy behind the allegedly racist remarks made by L.A. Clippers owner Donald Sterling has the biggest names behind the Clippers making their way toward the exits. Mediaite State Farm Insurance became the first sponsor to pull its support from the Clippers Monday morning, following audiotape released by TMZ Saturday that allegedly revealed Sterling going on a racist tirade. WSJ More than a half dozen other sponsors of the Clippers, including Kia Motors, Virgin America, Red Bull, Aquahydrate, Mercedez-Benz, Corona and CarMax, also distanced themselves from the team Monday. While some advertisers sponsor the NBA, other brands sponsor individual teams — some advertisers do both. Sports marketing experts suggest that team sponsorship agreements with a big-market team like the Clippers could range anywhere from $100,000 to over $2 million a year, depending on what is included in the marketing package as well as if the advertiser is given category exclusivity. Variety According to new statements, the advertisers felt maintaining ad ties to the team after reports surfaced about Sterling’s remarks would not be in their best interest. “The comments allegedly made by Clippers owner, Donald Sterling, are offensive and reprehensible, and they are inconsistent with our views and values,” Kia said in a statement Monday. The NBA is expected to make an announcement regarding Sterling’s alleged comments today. THR Sterling’s tirade was prompted when his girlfriend, V. Stiviano, posted a photo of herself with Magic Johnson on Instagram. In the audio remarks obtained by TMZ and Deadspin, Sterling expresses displeasure about having black people attend Clipper games.

On Her 88th Birthday, Harper Lee Heralds Mockingbird eBook (FishbowlNY)
Per an announcement Monday by HarperCollins, on what is author Harper Lee’s 88th birthday,To Kill a Mockingbird will be available for the first time as an eBook July 8. GalleyCat ”I’m still old-fashioned. I love dusty old books and libraries. I am amazed and humbled that Mockingbird has survived this long. This is Mockingbird for a new generation,” Lee explained in the statement.Mashable The decision to embrace digital appears to represent a shift in thinking for Lee, who wrote a piece for O Magazine in 2006 about how she learned to read. “Can you imagine curling up in bed to read a computer? Weeping for Anna Karenina and being terrified by Hannibal Lecter, entering the heart of darkness with Mistah Kurtz, having Holden Caulfield ring you up,” she wrote at the time. “Some things should happen on soft pages, not cold metal.” Lee had sued a literary agent last year for allegedly tricking her into signing over the copyright of her celebrated and only book. The lawsuit was settled a few months later. NYT / ArtsBeat With more than 30 million copies sold worldwide since it was first published in 1960, according to HarperCollins, To Kill a Mockingbird, along with another holdout, J.D. Salinger’s The Catcher In the Rye, represented a large literary gap in the digital reading library. It continues to sell 1 million copies a year and is a staple in classrooms and reading programs across the country. The eBook’s release will mark the 54th anniversary of the novel’s original publication. A digital audio version, narrated by Sissy Spacek, will be made available the same day.

Qatar’s Al Jazeera Files $150 Million Damages Claim with Egypt (Reuters)
The Qatar-based satellite network Al Jazeera served Egypt with a $150 million compensation claim on Monday for what it said was damage to its media business inflicted by Cairo’s military-backed rulers, a step likely to worsen Qatari-Egyptian relations. Politico / Dylan Byers on Media Three Al Jazeera journalists — Peter Greste, an Australian; Mohamed Fahmy, a Canadian-Egyptian national; and Baher Mohamed, an Egyptian — were detained in Cairo on Dec. 29 and are on trial facing charges of terrorism and spreading false news, which they deny. A fourth Al Jazeera reporter, Abdullah al-Shami, has been detained since August but not charged.Financial Times The broadcaster and its journalists have been the target of an intense campaign by Egyptian authorities, who accuse the channel of being biased in favor of the now-outlawed Muslim Brotherhood of ousted president Mohamed Morsi. The lawyers argue that by arresting and attacking Al Jazeera journalists, seizing the broadcaster’s property and jamming its signal, the Egyptian government has violated its rights as a foreign investor in the country and put the $90 million it has invested in Egypt since 2001 at risk. Washington Post Al Jazeera said in a statement posted on its website that it lodged a formal “notification of dispute” with Egypt’s interim government based on a bilateral investment treaty between Qatar and Egypt dating back to 1999. That pact calls on both governments to provide “fair and equitable treatment” to investors, according to the network. It did not say where it was lodged. It threatened to seek international arbitration if the two sides do not reach a settlement within six months.