NBA Votes Against Moving Kings To Seattle, Recommends Franchise Stay In Sacramento

Apr 17, 2013; Sacramento, CA, USA; Sacramento Kings fans hold up a sign during the game against the Los Angeles Clippers at the Sleep Train Arena. The Los Angeles Clippers defeated the Sacramento Kings 112-108. Mandatory Credit: Ed Szczepanski-USA TODAY Sports

Today, the NBA’s finance and relocation committees – better known as the Board of Governors, met via teleconference to discuss the fate of the Sacramento Kings franchise.

The meeting, which was about two hours in length concluded with the BOG’s recommendation in favor of the city of Sacramento, suggesting to fellow owners to keep the Kings in the California capital:

Per Brian Windhorst of ESPN:

Just filed to : Sources tell ESPN a committee of NBA owners voted against moving the Kings to Seattle today.

The recommendation is just that – a recommendation to fellow NBA owners as to what would be in the best interest of the league. There will now be a prepared document sent to remaining league owners and they then will vote on the potential relocation, but fellow NBA owners have historically refused to go against the grain of a BOG recommendation – outside of a few rogue votes for personal reasons.

ESPN’s Marc Stein reports that the vote today was unanimous in decision:

Sources say today’s NBA committee vote against moving Kings out of Sacramento was unanimous

Fellow NBA owners are expected to vote within the coming two weeks, though, as many have said – the vote is expected to be a formality.

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