I was thinking over the weekend about the whole Kings relocation saga and I though of a possible solution. The NBA does not want to deal with any lawsuits, but Stern wants to keep the Kings in Sacramento. Is there any possible way that they could approve the sale of the Kings to Hansen to prevent an anti-trust lawsuit, but deny relocation. Sacramento has already proved to be a viable market and the fan support is already there.
I am not sure if this has already been addressed, but this is a possible solution. In this solution Sacramento keeps the Kings, but under a Hansen ownership. Here are some key questions that would have to be addresses.
- Would Hansen drop his bid, if relocation was denied?
- What would prevent Hansen from applying for relocation each year till its approved?
The NBA is looking at both the sale and the relocation at the same time, but they should be separate issues. The sale to Hansen is pretty solid. The Maloofs screwed Sacramento, not Seattle. The relocation is the main issue. This is where Sacramento wins by a mile. Sac has done everything the NBA has asked for the passed two plus years, we have not done anything wrong.
Like most of us, I am ready for this saga to be finalized. I just hope the Kings stay in Sacramento.