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SBD/May 10, 2013/Franchises
Arison Indicates Committee's Decision About Sacto's Achievements, Not Seattle's Failures
Published May 10, 2013
TRYING TO GET IT DONE: In Seattle, Nick Eaton reported R.E. Graswich, a Special Assistant to Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson, on Thursday noted on his Twitter feed that the NBA has "'told' the Maloofs to take the Sacramento offer to buy the Kings." It appears the NBA may be "trying to resolve the Kings controversy behind closed doors." The league through the relocation committee vote has told Ballmer and Chris Hansen that "relocation is unlikely," while Johnson has suggested that Ballmer and Hansen "walk away" from the deal. The NBA meanwhile is "reportedly pushing the Maloofs to back out of the Seattle deal." Eaton: "Why? Because the NBA likely can’t block the Maloofs’ sale of the Kings to Seattle" (SEATTLEPI.com, 5/9).