Tuesday, April 30th, 2013 at 9:40 am  |  28 responses

NBA Committee Recommends Kings Stay in Sacramento

by Marcel Mutoni @ marcel_mutoni

The League’s relocation committee, made up of 12 NBA owners, has voted unanimously that owners deny the application for the Sacramento Kings to relocate to Seattle.

The stunning news was announced via conference call Monday afternoon, and on May 15, the Board of Governors will vote on the matter which has dragged on for three years.

Per the Sac Bee:

A powerful committee of NBA team owners on Monday rejected the Kings’ proposed relocation to the Pacific Northwest. The unanimous 7-0 vote by the league’s relocation committee could kill the $357 million deal the Maloof family struck to sell the team to investors from Seattle. It sets up a final decision in mid-May by the league’s board of governors, consisting of all 30 team owners. While clearly elated, Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson was careful not to declare victory at a press conference attended by cheering fans at Firestone Public House in midtown. “It is not over yet,” said the former NBA star, who lobbied league executives relentlessly to keep the Kings in town. “I feel like we have won a round in the playoffs. … There is still work to be done. We do not want to dance in the end zone.”

NBA Commissioner David Stern told an NBA TV reporter at a playoff game in Atlanta late Monday that he was surprised the vote was unanimous, but added, “They decided as strong as the Seattle bid was, and it was very strong, there’s some benefit that should be given to a city that has supported us for so long and has stepped up to contribute to build a new building as well.” He said the full board’s vote would come May 15. Amid the celebration in Sacramento Monday, it remained unclear whether the Maloofs, thwarted by their fellow owners, would accept the backup offer from a group of investors angling to keep the Kings in Sacramento. The family had no comment on the committee vote.

The Maloof family has had an agreement in place since January to sell a 65% controlling stake in the Kings’ franchise to a Seattle group led by Chris Hansen and Steve Ballmer.

Hansen — while quoting Muhammad Ali — says that despite the relocation committee’s recommendation, this fight is not over:

“While we are disappointed with the relocation committee’s recommendation, we just wanted to let you all know that we remain fully committed to seeing this transaction through.”

The full vote next month will ultimately determine their fate, but from the look of things at the moment, Sacramento appears to have beaten the odds and may keep their beloved Kings after all.

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  • http://twitter.com/StainlessReal Alex Henein

    Kevin Johnson… Without that man this team would be in a different city. Saved their ass twice. Pat on the back.

  • LLC#12

    I was thinking that too. You’ve gotta wonder, if the mayor was someone who didn’t care about basketball, would the Kings still be there? I don’t think so

  • ber

    It’s why he was elected.

  • RedRum

    I just wonder… does KJ have any other successes as a mayor apart from spending tax payers money to build multi millionaires shiny stadiums for millionaires to play with….

  • AlbertBarr


  • AlbertBarr

    I don’t live in the Sacramento Metro area anymore but he seems to focus on education, art and environmental initiatives and helping inner city communities. I think the kings and the new arena are his big economic gamble. He is wildly popular though.

  • D_Nuggets

    I have a question: If the Kings relocate to Seattle and the owners re-name the team “Supersonics” like the franchise that is now the Thunder was called, how does that work with the retired jerseys by the Kings franchise or “franchise history” stats? Will that refer to the earlier Sonics? Seems kind of weird to have a Sonics team but not be able to have retired Sonics jerseys in the rafters because those are in OKC.

  • AlbertBarr

    They aren’t moving.

  • LakeShow

    Clay Bennett and David Stern strike again!

  • spit hot fiyah

    i heard clay bennet has the rights to the supersonics name, not sure that is true though

  • LakeShow

    Bennett owns the colors and Sonics name, but he said they are Seattle’s(or whichever Washington city) when they get a team.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    the Maloof’s seem to have made $30 million dollars without selling anything…..

  • Caboose

    I hate how nothing is EVER final in this saga. It’s exhausting.

  • http://twitter.com/Jzakoni Sanchez

    seattle got f*cked.

  • http://twitter.com/Jzakoni Sanchez

    damn shame

  • http://twitter.com/Jzakoni Sanchez

    if thats the case, that’ll be very honorable

  • toomanyshrimp

    na if they don’t sell to hansen the other group has to refund that 30mill

  • toomanyshrimp

    I’m sure the Maloofs are so happy they are being forced to take the weaker deal….basically losing like $50mill because David Stern and Clay Bennett have a personnel vendetta against Seattle

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    The other group. Not the Maloofs. Right?

  • LakeShow

    It was part of the contract when the team was sold.
    The only good thing Howard Shultz did.

  • Redd

    Sac doesn’t deserve a NBA team.

    This is dumb.

  • toomanyshrimp

    ya the sac group would have to refund hansen $30mil…and they probably can’t even do that. Watch Chris buy the team anyway and pull a clay bennet and just make them really bad on purpose

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    so the Maloof’s seem to have made $30 million dollars without selling anything…..

  • Bitchmade_Nbk

    You’re never wrong, Nbk

  • majic

    the offer will be matched. the maloofs wont be out of pocket and its clear as day that seattle never deserved sacramentos team given how much the fanbase and city rallied behind the kings. This was the maloofs mess not sactos and its stupid to think that sacramento would have been punished for their incompetence.

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  • Vince

    You make a compelling case

  • Vince

    Wow. Thats all I have to say. Wow. How about give the team to a city who actually loves basketball? This is ridiculous, Seattle is getting cheated.