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May 15, 2013 Updates

In a letter to USA TODAY Sports, Daina Falk reflected on her unexpected role in the story while discussing the power of fandom that was so evident in both cities in the last five months. Excerpts from the letter are below: In January, I was notified of a handshake deal that would drastically affect the fate of the fans of Sacramento and Seattle. Because of my name, everyone assumed my source was my father. They must not know that his success has depended to a great degree on his ability to maintain the confidences of a number of competing clients. Other conspiracy theorists concluded that I was the designated mouthpiece of another David, who is someone I admire and respect and who has been a friendly supporter of mine. Suffice it to say, you can rule out the Davids as my source. Let’s leave it at that. For The Win

Sacramento inherited the Kings from Kansas City in 1985. For nearly thirty years, Kings fans have been among the loudest, strongest, and most loyal fans in the NBA. (Cowabunga). Seattle acquired an expansion franchise in 1967 and had a very successful team that won an NBA Championship in 1979. It lost the team to Oklahoma City in 2008. Both cities have experienced “the thrill of victory and the agony of defeat.” The current controversy has brought out the best qualities of the fans in both cities: their passion, their competitiveness, and their true love of the game. For all the fans in Seattle who are truly hungry for a return of NBA basketball to the Queen City, keep your voices raised, keep the wave going, create a true Sonic boom so loud it will rattle the windows in Olympic Tower in New York! For The Win

The NBA Board of Governors voted Wednesday to keep the Kings in Sacramento and not allow them to move to Seattle, a person with knowledge of the vote told USA TODAY Sports. The person spoke on the condition of anonymity because the vote has not been made public. USA Today Sports

A full meeting of the league's 30 teams met here Wednesday for nearly four hours and, according to sources with knowledge of the vote, ultimately backed last month's recommendation from a relocation committee that advocated to reject the Kings' proposed sale to a Seattle group headlined by lead investor Chris Hansen and keep the team in Sacramento. Hansen's group raised the overall valuation of its offer to buy the Kings for a league-record $625 million last week. But sources told ESPN.com that the owners gathered at this specially convened board of governors meeting at the Hilton Anatole voted to reject the sale and proposed relocation of the Kings to Seattle. ESPN.com

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