Seattle Basketball
4:12 pm
Mon April 29, 2013

NBA Panel Unanimously Votes To Recommend Kings Stay In Sacramento

The effort to move pro basketball’s Sacramento Kings to Seattle has suffered a serious setback. In a two sentence statement, the NBA said today that its Relocation Committee has unanimously recommended against the move.

Sacramento Kings fan Gloria Bailey holds a sign campaigning to keep the team in Sacramento, Calif., as she stands in line before an NBA basketball game between the Kings and the Los Angeles Clippers, Wednesday, April 17.
Credit Steve Yeater / AP Photo

  The relocation committee is made up of 12 owners, including Clay Bennett. He’s the former Sonics owner who moved the team to Oklahoma City.

Despite today’s recommendation the decision is not final. The NBA’s Board of Governors is scheduled to meet in two weeks to vote on the issue.

The Kings’ majority owners have had an agreement since January to sell a controlling interest in the team to a Seattle group led by investor Chris Hansen.

Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson has helped put together a competing counter offer complete with a new arena plan.