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NBA votes to keep Kings in Sacramento
NBA owners have voted down investor Chris Hansen's effort to move the Sacramento Kings to Seattle.
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  • Fuego wrote...
    Actually it won't...
    no one has really spent much time mentioning it but theres a long list of legal actions that will drag this out.
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  • dbara43 wrote...
    And Remember...
    Seattle got a MLB expansion team by doing what? Suing MLB...
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  • wsualumn wrote...
    My Hope
    Is that Sacramento keeps their team and we get an expansion team. I don't want to be to Sacramento what Oklahoma City was to us.
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  • DawgFan99 wrote...
    Yeah right...
    The Kings have no fans. The Sonics have tons. KJ just wants to be reelected. David Stern hates us. How is this fair? Who cares how we get the team as long as we get it?
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  • Frogsplash wrote...
    There is a report out of Sacramento
    Saying that since monday talks have heated up between Hansen and the NBA regarding expansion for the 2014-15 season. If this is true, it would be the best possible outcome.
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  • Max Rock wrote...
    The answer isn't on the table
    Listening to Steve Kerr on Mitch's show you can see the real reluctance the league has against dilution and expansion. Already they don't have enough "stars" to go around. Sack won't lose their team even though they have a very tentative and challenged arena deal. Most likely solution would be this: Sacramento keeps their team, Seattle gets guaranteed re-entry and will get first shot at grabbing one of the other teams in communities that fail to participate in the NBA hostage tactic - much like we did, just in time for the new television contract
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  • Oly80 wrote...
    ...about not having enough stars...
    i totally agree with you. the nba has been on a steep decline for many years now. it's not the game we used to watch in the mid-90s when Jordan was still flying high. this is the thug league. viewership has been declining. attendance has been declining.

    pro basketball needs an overhaul, or it's just gonna bury itself.

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  • Sean wrote...
    Well put, Oly80...
    I couldn't agree more. I want us to get a team, because there truly seems to be a legitimate fan base here. I'm a huge sports fan but I'm a "middle-aged" white guy and I don't relate to the NBA as I used to. Talk about a bunch of rich people who can't even manage their money (not that basketball has a monopoly on that!). I'll follow them, too, but they'll never get a dime of my money. Anyway it'llbe interesting to see what the league does here because I can easily see Seattle getting NOTHING out of this in the foreseeable future. They're a hard group to predict....
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  • LoonyBinEscapee wrote...
    Pro BB?
    Who cares? The Hockey playoffs are on. Much more action and way more exciting.
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  • DawgFan99 wrote...
    ?
    Then why are you reading NBA news?
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  • wsualumn wrote...
    Oly 80
    Actually, the league was in serious trouble just prior to Magic and Bird entering the league. Cocaine and booze were rampant and the ratings were terrible. The year The Sonics won the championship, the game was delayed on television to viewrs back east, unless you were withing The D.C. area. I hate to be brutually honest, but the league needs a white superstar to boost its image.
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  • seer-1 wrote...
    ...about not having enough stars...
    Who is to blame for the decline? I think allot of the fault goes to Stern. Can't wait for this guy to be gone. Time for the law suits to begin. This decision says the Maloof family needs to take 100 million less for the team so Sacramento can afford to buy it? Maybe it's time to challenge the anti trust exemption. I think the league would jump to award a franchise to Seattle to stop it just like what happened with the Mariners. Based on what's happened I could see the NBA losing several hundred million dollars in a suit.
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  • Frogsplash wrote...
    Except it does not explain
    Why very suddenly, the NBA is going to re-negotiate their TV contract after the playoffs finish, a full 3 years early. These discussions normally start about a year out, not a full 3 years.
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  • dbara43 wrote...
    Not good enough
    Sorry, I wouldn't trust these stooges as far as I could throw them. Time to bring the hammer down
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  • bigbertha wrote...
    blah blah blah
    cant they just hurrry up pull he knife out already, so seattle can lick the wounds of the knife that David Stern has been continually stabbing in seattles back over and over.We want our SONICS Back. if you think about it they really wouldnt be the same team we all grew to love through the 90's. but hey if its gotta be that way then so be it.
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  • jrcdawg wrote...
    Is expansion really the answer?
    You remember that Buffalo Wild Wings Commercial when this couple is watching the NCAA Tournament and they “wish” that the tournament would keep going? Then the TV Announcer announces that the NCAA Tournament has been expanded to 256 teams, and all of a sudden in gyms around the country pick-up basketball teams are celebrating because they’re “in?” The NBA talent pool would become SO diluted. The NBA might make money, but we’d be watching a bunch of old guys and young guys who should be in the D-League – Quantity vs. Quality. We need THIS deal. We need it today. GO SONICS!
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  • maxwell161 wrote...
    One more team
    would not dilute the talent. As long as our expansion team had competent smart people running it then they would be able to acquire the talent to have a competitive team within a few years.
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  • Inspector12 wrote...
    Expansion
    Lets not get carried away with the deluted talent B.S. the NBA is spewing. The Roster size is very small per team. you can't tell me there are not another dozen guys that can play in the NBA out there somewhere... yes I know they would probably add yet another team as well to get an even number in a few years. But the whole "talent will be deluted Idea" is B.S...The Maloofs will be the ones challenging the results of they dont go our way Not hansen. GO SONICS...
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  • Newton wrote...
    Let Scacrament have thier Kings!.
    Keep the Kings out of Seattle. How could anyone think this was good deal.
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  • The Dude Abides wrote...
    Do the math...
    Let's say the NBA wants to expand by 2 teams (cuz god knows they don't want an odd number of teams). Both teams get a roster of 12 guys. That's 24 total players. If you don't take the draft into account and just pull players from current teams, that means that each team will lose exactly .8 players off their team (or 8 out of every 10 teams will lose 1 player). Wow, that's a lot of dilution.

    Let's stretch the math a little further and say that to stay level on the talent front, each team going forward needs 2 quality players from the draft(taking retirements and injuries into account). With 32 teams, that means a total of 64 quality players need to hit the NBA every year. If we go off the NCAA alone, and not count international leagues or high school kids, then your qualifications to get 64 quality players is exactly how many teams are in the NCAA each and every year (Nobody's counting the play-in games).

    You're telling me, NBA, that you can't find one quality NBA player (quality being starting calibur or amicable bench player) on each of those 64 teams? I call shenanigans! 4 more players a year is not going to be a huge hit to your talent pool, but refusing to give a team to Seattle in the very near future will forever alienate millions of people in this region. Which of those 2 options do you think is going to hit your wallet harder? Do the right thing, and give us our Sonics back!

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  • TSeattle wrote...
    Ain't going to happen...
    Sacramento has met all the requirements the league put forth to keep the team. They're not going to yank them from Sacramento "just because" Seattle wants a team. We had our chance to keep the Sonics and ownership and government blew it. Why should we be rewarded with some other cities team? Seattle won't get a team until expansion occurs and who knows if that will ever happen with the state of the NBA right now.
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  • Frogsplash wrote...
    Government really didn't blow it
    The deal offered by Bennett was designed to fail. He asked for 500 million from the state, and for the arena to be built in Renton. Bennett bought the team with the sole intention of moving them. Emails sent by McLendon showed explicitly that it was their intention. Now Stern did get shown the middle finger by Frank Chop, but it was a deal that Bennett knew would not be approved.
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  • itiswhatitis wrote...
    Glad that CH didn't stoop to this level
    Yes, Bennett & Stern showed how you can get a team, but they were willing to sell their souls, be decieving and really show their true colors to do that. Now Chris knows that 1) he has to wait until 2/2014 when Stern retires. 2) Smith needs to go in and remove Bennett from the Relocation committe 3) wait for expansion or other things to happen. I have thought since the Sonic debacale that the NBA business model is broken. Yesterday proved it. As an owner, I'd be concerned that my best interests to make money would be a red flag, as they basically told them who they could sell to. I appreciate the HB Team and I hope that they continue. Just tired of the NBA dirty tricks. They can help make good changes when they get a chance.
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  • a_bassett10 wrote...
    tseattle
    you're right...we blew it last time, but that was last time. it was an entirely different animal. sacramento is a downtrodden franchise in a state of financial squalor. we are trying to propose a deal to save the team from a dead market. last in the league in wins, last in attendance, broke (and insane) owners...etc
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  • itiswhatitis wrote...
    We were pawns
    We were totally used to help the Kings get their arena deal. I was down in Stockton last year and listening to them discuss arena info and the city government sounded identical to Seattle in 2007. The difference is that area is in dire straights financially. That they did this was pretty incredible, but now they will go through scrutiny with the council. There still is a chance they can not be successful, but now they are a very tainted team.
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