LAS VEGAS - OCTOBER 13: (L-R) Brothers George Maloof Gavin Maloof and Joe Maloof watch a preseason game between the Sacramento Kings and the Los Angeles Lakers at the Thomas & Mack Center October 13 2010 in Las Vegas Nevada. The Lakers won 98-95. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that by downloading and/or using this Photograph user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
Randy Youngman of the Orange County Register laid out all the beautiful numbers inticing the Maloofs to move the Sacramento Kings to Anaheim: a $75 million personal loan instead of a $50 million bound issuance, $70 million in arena renovation, triple the $10 million in new sponsorship dollars drummed up in Sacramento, $13 million in supposedly new premium sales by default, an undisclosed minority stake in the team.
Bla blah blah blah frickin blah.
Here's the simple math: the Maloofs need 16 votes to get NBA approval for relocation. Youngman himself notes how aimless an anti-trust suit would be.
It's conceivable the Maloofs also could move without permission, citing antitrust laws, and dare the league to try to stop them, as Donald Sterling's San Diego Clippers successfully did by moving to Los Angeles in 1984. But the NBA amended its constitution after losing that court case and now requires that any future franchise moves must be approved by a majority of owners.
So they need the votes, or they are "stuck in Sacramento." The relocation committee, a seven-member panel, is saying no. That panel doesn't include Jerry Buss (No. 8), Donald Sterling (No. 9) or Joe Lacob (No. 10), who are all reportedly opposed. (Buss and Sterling opposed for the obvious reason; Lacob is afraid of someone moving into San Jose if the Kings are allowed to zip into L.A.)
The NBA has a de-facto vote due to its ownership of the New Orleans Hornets; I cannot fathom Jac Sperling, David Stern appointee, siding with the rogue owners against the league. That's 11. Sacramento would need five more votes. The Maloofs, who can and would vote for themselves? They'd need 15 more.
Can Samueli pay for those too? Otherwise, unless Anaheim's new math -- its desperation math -- changes Stern's mind, and Bennett's mind, and everyone else's mind, the only math that matters is the majority vote at the Board of Governors, at which Sacramento seems to have an 11-1 lead. I like our chances.