Posted April 16, 2013

NBA delays vote on Sacramento Kings sale, relocation

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Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson said a local group is confident of an upcoming bid to keep the Kings. (Rocky Widner/NBAE via Getty Images)

Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson said a local group is confident of its upcoming bid to keep the Kings. (Rocky Widner/NBAE via Getty Images)

The tug-of-war between Sacramento and Seattle over the future of the Kings will not be determined this week. NBA officials postponed the vote by the league’s Board of Governor scheduled for this week.

Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn told reporters Tuesday NBA Commissioner David Stern told him during a phone call Monday that the league was not likely to decide the Kings’ future by Friday as previously believed.

“(Stern) informed me then that he does not expect a decision out of the NBA Friday — that’ll be sometime after the meeting that we’ll get a decision made,” McGinn told reporters Tuesday. “So don’t expect something Friday; that’s what I heard. But they will tee-up the decision by the Board of Governors within a week or two after that.”

Stern left open the chance that the vote would be delayed two weeks ago.

While the NBA did not provide a reason for the delay, the move coincides with Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson saying his investment team is prepared to submit a bid it believes is suitable to the NBA and the Maloof family, the team’s current owners, according to the Sacramento Bee.


4 comments
CargoMan
CargoMan

I find it funny/ ironic that some of the same folks who were whining a few years back (and rightfully so) about the owners and the NBA  'stealing' their precious Sonics away from Seattle, have no empathy at all for the fans in Sacramento (now that the shoe is on the other foot).  The NBA needs to KEEP THE KINGS IN SACRAMENTO unless they want to been seen from this point forward as a transient league and risk a further deterioration in their fan base.  New ownership with fresh ideas can turn this Kings franchise around.  The very strong Sacramento fan base, which has been supporting a less-than-competitive team for many years now, will once again fill the stands (in a new downtown arena).

Steve Moore
Steve Moore

Stern wants the decision announced after the season ends, smart move. Warriors franchise just got more value. Hello Seattle !

Atrain81
Atrain81

NBA

Keep the Kings in Sacramento

Give Seattle an expansion team

 

rbwhite59
rbwhite59

 @CargoMan Nobody in Seattle wants the Sacramento Kings fans to feel the same way we did when Stern sold us out to Clay Bennett.  An expansion team will suit us just fine, but if the NBA refuses to expand,  hell yes we'll take the Kings.  A perennial loser under the Maloofs, they would at least have money behind them to become relevant.