Here’s some early reaction nationally to the NBA Board of Governor’s decision to deny the Kings’ relocation to Seattle. You can also check out our own Jerry Brewer’s column here.
Just as it should have been
As it turned out, logic prevailed. The simple, reasonable thing to do was actually done. All things being equal — or, roughly equal, if you’ll excuse me because I’m not an actuary — the incumbent won.
Just as it should have been.
Yes, just as it should have been when Seattle lost its NBA team in the first place. But that’s another story, because it’s not this story at all. In fact, one has nothing to do with the other.
– Ken Berger, CBSSports.com
This vote was zero-sum game
The after-effects of this vote will be felt both immediately and for years to come. While this verdict and the league’s comments suggest that the Kings will stay in Sacramento for some time, we still don’t know what the Maloofs will choose (or be forced) to do in a new sale, how the Seattle group will respond to the news, and whether the NBA will try to avoid similar attempts at relocation in the future.
At this point, all we really know is that two cities have proven themselves to be viable homes for NBA franchises. That’s a positive, in a way, but this particular vote is unfortunately a zero-sum game. It’s great news for Sacramento and big disappointment for Seattle.
– Eric Freeman, Yahoo! Sports
The view from Sacramento
The Kings are staying in Sacramento. The decisive vote Wednesday by NBA owners is a hard-earned, comeback win that should make the entire city proud.
Many deserve credit for stepping up — and not giving up — including loyal fans, local business leaders and state and local elected officials. Special kudos go to Mayor Kevin Johnson, who tirelessly led the charge and recruited an impressive group of prospective new owners.
Sacramento did everything the league wanted and more, as NBA Commissioner David Stern made clear. “The big winner here was Sacramento,” he said.
The same kind of teamwork is absolutely necessary for the Kings to flourish – and that will be far more likely with new owners.
– Sacramento Bee editorial board
A bitter pill to swallow for Seattle fans
Sonic fans are going to be even more enraged when they hear that incumbency was the difference in this case when incumbency was not the the difference-maker in 2008 when the Sonics ended up moving to Oklahoma City. So it’s a bitter pill to swallow for Seattle fans, no question. And that’s one of the reasons that this has been so difficult and so drawn out. You have two really worthy cities. And, frankly, everybody wants to see these two cities in the league. Nobody wants to see Seattle excluded at this point.
– Marc Steiner, ESPN.com
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