NBA Committee Recommends Rejecting Kings Move - NYTimes.com
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The NBA's relocation committee voted unanimously Monday to recommend that owners reject the application for the Kings to relocate to Seattle, the latest — and by far the strongest — in a long line of cities that almost landed the franchise. The committee made the decision over a conference call and forwarded the recommendation to the NBA Board of Governors.
The board, which consists of all 30 owners, will convene during the week of May 13 to vote on the matter. While the recommendation doesn't guarantee the Kings will stay put, it's difficult at this point to imagine how they don't.
Moments after the league announced the committee's recommendation, Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnston wrote on Twitter: "That's what I'm talking about SACRAMENTO!!!!! WE DID IT!!!!!"
"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," Stern said on NBA-TV.
I still don't get it. Why side with Sacramento over Seattle?
Seattle is a juggernaut, it's true, but maybe the formula for value looks a little different here, just this once.
So the NBA lets Seattle lose their team to Oklahoma City and now they won't let them get a new team?