Haven't posted here in a few years, but I thought I'd offer my simple 2¢ before it's too late.
Stern has stated it plainly: The decision on whether the Sacramento Kings will cease to exist in a few months belongs to the Board of Governors. It feels unjust, but it's exceedingly pragmatic. These people know exactly what it takes to operate an NBA franchise, and their bias is for the greater good of the Association, and their own organization as a member. These people will not base their votes on gut instinct or conscience. They will vote with their portfolio.
How to get them to do that in our favor? Not by arguing that our arena plan, corporate partnerships, or our active fanbase is more secure. Seattle has the money and the market to grow those things larger than our own in the long term.
Fans of the small- and mid- market teams must use financial coercion to secure the votes of their teams' owners in Sacramento's favor. They must be engaged in this effort by understanding if Sacramento can lose its Kings due to the insolvency of the team's owners (not a lack of public interest), then the precedent is set for any larger market to gobble up their team the moment its owners go bust. These fans can make their voices heard with the kind of authority that owners will actually take seriously with a simple pledge:
Dear [BoG Representative],
As a supporter of [team], a resident of [city], and a believer in the premise that an NBA city that supports its team should be able to keep it, I encourage you to vote against the relocation of the Sacramento Kings. Furthermore, I pledge not to buy tickets to, re-sell season tickets to, or attend any game against a visiting Seattle franchise that is relocated from Sacramento for a period no less than 10 years.
Maybe it's not too late, given the strength of the grassroots network surrounding the Kings to distribute something like this and have it sent via email to the relevant BoG representatives from each city. I don't know. I just don't want this team to become a piece of arcane NBA trivia.