April 1, 2013 at 10:08 PM
Battle over Kings heads to New York
The battle over the Sacramento Kings now heads to New York, where representatives of each city will meet Wednesday before the NBA’s combined relocation/finance committee.
Many of the participants were en route to New York Monday.
Seattle’s group will include at least Chris Hansen and Steve Ballmer, as well as mayor Mike McGinn and King County executive Dow Constantine.
Mayor Kevin Johnson will be there to head Sacramento’s contingent. And according to the Sacramento Bee, in a story for its Tuesday editions previewing the New York meetings, George Maloof will be there to represent the Kings.
As the Bee story notes, there as has yet been no public word that the Sacramento group has increased its offer for the team. A first offer made last month was deemed by NBA commissioner David Stern as not competitive to the Seattle offer, with some reports saying it was at least $100 million shy.
But the Sacramento group has since added Vivek Ranadive, a co-owner of the Golden State Warriors, and it is expected that Sacramento’s revamped bid will be much more in line with that of Seattle’s. How close it is — or if it exceeds the Seattle bid — will go a long way toward determining the decisions made in New York.
News on that front could break on Tuesday.
There might also be some news out of the Seattle camp Tuesday as it’s possible that Hansen will release some figures from the ticket priority wait list conducted through sonicsarena.com. It’s also possible the city and Hansen could announce something related to improvements to KeyArena. Here’s my article for the Tuesday paper updating that part of the story.
As will lots of other Seattle and Sacramento media, I will be heading to New York Tuesday and will file reports from Wednesday’s meeting. It’s unclear if much of anything will be said. But if there is, we will be there to report it, in this space and elsewhere.