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Source: Sacramento Group Deposited 50% Of Bid, Agreed To Concessions With NBA
Published May 6, 2013
EXCLUDING EXPANSION? In Seattle, Bob Condotta wrote it "seems like such an easy solution to a complex and increasingly contentious problem: Why not let Sacramento keep the Kings and give Seattle an expansion franchise?" But while the way the NBA has "handled the Seattle/Sacramento battle has veered all over the map, with ever-changing deadlines and committee makeups, the league's stance on expansion has been consistent throughout -- it's not on the table right now" (SEATTLE TIMES, 5/5). In Phoenix, Dan Bickley wrote Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson's efforts to keep the Kings have "provided a blueprint" for Glendale Mayor Jerry Weiers to "possibly eliminating the biggest relocation threat facing the Coyotes" in a prospective Seattle franchise. Had hedge fund manager Chris Hansen, who is leading the Seattle group's bid, "delivered the Kings as hoped, Seattle was thought to be an immediate NHL relocation/expansion candidate." Bickley: "Thanks to the work of Johnson, the city of Glendale now has a road map in how to save a franchise, galvanizing the business community in the hour of need" (ARIZONA REPUBLIC, 5/5).