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May 14, 2013 Updates

Indications the day before the scheduled Sacramento-Seattle vote that the India issue will have very little sway in the final outcome. This is more along the lines of minor development compared to the larger issues -- arena, revenue sharing, relocation fee, etc. -- but it is noteworthy considering SAC mayor Kevin Johnson had made the presence of Vivek Ranadive, born and raised in India before striking it rich in the San Francisco area, a focus of the bid to retain the Kings. In Johnson's mind, Ranadive could help the NBA advance its goal of a greater presence in the world second-most populous country and generate millions for the league. But, said one person very familiar with the thinking of the Board of Governors: "It's not a factor at all." Sulia

May 10, 2013 Updates
May 8, 2013 Updates

Mayor Kevin Johnson is so confident that the Kings are staying put, he's got some advice for the guys trying to buy the team and move it to Seattle: Back off. While saying he understands why they are putting up a fight, Johnson said Tuesday that hedge fund manager Chris Hansen and Microsoft executive Steve Ballmer should "take the high road and be gracious." Hansen and Ballmer have said they are still exploring their options after the NBA's relocation committee recommended by a 7-0 vote against their plan to move the Kings to the Emerald City. "Once the relocation committee spoke as loud and as clear as it did, I would probably take a step back and understand that I'm probably not going to get this team, so how can I put Seattle in the best possible position to get a team moving forward?" the mayor said. Sacramento Bee

May 7, 2013 Updates

Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson says if he were leading the Seattle group trying to move the Sacramento Kings, he’d give up. The mayor says Seattle should focus on the next opportunity to get an NBA franchise, "Once the relocation committee spoke as loud and as clear as it did, I would probably take a step back and understand that I'm probably not going to get this team so how can I put Seattle, Ballmer, Hansen, the Nordstrom family and anybody else from Seattle in the best possible position to get a team going forward. I would take the high road and I'd be gracious." Capital Public Radio

The Mayor says lawyers are negotiating a possible sale of the Kings by their majority owners to a group of Sacramento investors. He hopes the NBA Board of Governors has a deal to approve when it meets next Wednesday, "Everybody knows what's at stake. Everyone knows what that timeline is. Everyone's working toward that end. I'm sure there's a 101 things that could go wrong or could slow things up. But, we're all very hopeful that, come out of the May 15th, there'll be a final decision." Capital Public Radio

May 3, 2013 Updates

Meanwhile, a group calling itself the Coalition for Responsible Arena Development sued the city of Sacramento this afternoon, claiming officials are illegally withholding information about the $258 million arena subsidy tentatively approved by the City Council. The group contends that Mayor Kevin Johnson, City Manager John Shirey and others added secret "sweeteners" that put the subsidy well beyond $258 million. In the lawsuit, attorneys Patrick Soluri and Jeffrey Anderson scold the city for ignoring a request they made for documents under the Public Records Act. Sacramento Bee

April 29, 2013 Updates
April 17, 2013 Updates

The Sacramento contingent seeking to buy the Kings and block the franchise's move to Seattle submitted its bid to purchase the team Tuesday night. The amount of the bid was not revealed. NBA spokesman Tim Frank said the bid will now be examined by a committee of owners today during meetings at the NBA Headquarters in midtown Manhattan. Those owners - members of the relocation and finance committees - will eventually recommend whether to approve the Kings' proposed sale and relocation to Seattle or accept the Sacramento offer. Sacramento Bee

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