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07:01 AM ET 05.13 | Again, the clock is ticking. The group trying to move the Sacramento Kings to Seattle is continuing to be relentless in its pursuit. And the NBA could be listening. The Maloofs have informed their fellow owners that if their deal to sell and relocate the Kings to Seattle is not approved by league owners next week, they will not sell the team to a Sacramento-based group that promises to keep the team in Sacramento, two sources told ESPN.com on Saturday. The cash-strapped Maloofs have made a "backup" agreement with a Seattle-based group led by the deep-pocketed Chris Hansen and Steve Ballmer to sell it 20 percent of the team for $125 million to allow the Maloofs to continue to operate the franchise, the sources said.

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May 13, 2013  08:29 AM ET

Looks like The Battle For the Kings is not even close to over.

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May 13, 2013  09:50 AM ET

I like how a few years ago Stern did everything he could to help move the Sonics out of Seattle. Now he's doing everything he can to keep the Kings moving to Seattle.

What happened? He went to Starbucks one day and they spit in his coffee?

May 13, 2013  10:10 AM ET

I think that move to OKC left a bad taste in a lot of people's mouths and did not look good for the league. I for one would hate to see another supportive fan base get screwed because some crybaby owner can't have his way.

May 13, 2013  10:57 AM ET

What kind of process does Stern have? I thought that once the bidding process is over, there should be no more controversies. Stern is allowing these 2 cities to continue to outbid each other. It will never end and the loser will be the city that will win the bid because they've overspent on an overvalued franchise.

May 13, 2013  02:25 PM ET

I would rather have an NHL team

May 13, 2013  05:29 PM ET
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I would rather have an NHL team

Me too, says the guy from Atlanta.

May 13, 2013  08:11 PM ET
QUOTE(#5):

What kind of process does Stern have? I thought that once the bidding process is over, there should be no more controversies. Stern is allowing these 2 cities to continue to outbid each other. It will never end and the loser will be the city that will win the bid because they've overspent on an overvalued franchise.

It's the owners who vote to allow the sale of a team, not Stern. It's their way of making sure that the boat isn't rocked by an owner who puts the players and fans first and money last. They don't even need to give you a reason for the veto of the sale. The background checks on any potential owners is absuditily deep. An owner's group for another sport was turned down because of one of the ex-wives of one of the partners was questionable.

May 13, 2013  08:15 PM ET

The Maloofs have become terrible owners. According to my family there, the city and team had a handshake deal on an arena but the brothers back off and asked for more from the people. Besides, the Kings were a better draw than the Sonics. Even when the Kings were bad and the Sonics were good, the folks in Sacramento came out more than those in Seattle. Doesn't matter to me where the team ends up but if I were Stern I would want the city that shows up for the games.

May 13, 2013  08:27 PM ET
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It's the owners who vote to allow the sale of a team, not Stern. It's their way of making sure that the boat isn't rocked by an owner who puts the players and fans first and money last. They don't even need to give you a reason for the veto of the sale. The background checks on any potential owners is absuditily deep. An owner's group for another sport was turned down because of one of the ex-wives of one of the partners was questionable.

Yeah but Stern seems to influence the vote and how things will end up

May 13, 2013  08:30 PM ET

Not Letting a pro franchise team leave town is always cheaper than getting awarded an expansion team, or moving in another team later on.

The Mall of America was the reason the MN North Stars left town. THe Owners of the North Stars said they needed a new arena to remain profitable, but the owners of the Met Center where the Stars played sold the land to the developers of MoA, and MN didn't have enough time to get a new arena like the team owners wanted, and had no choice but to let them leave.

By the time it was said and done, The MN Wild cost 3 times as much to buy an expansion franchise and build the same new arena the North Stars said they needed to stay. The State didn't want to spend the money in the early 90's to build a new arena, but by the late 90's, the state was more than willing to spend whatever it took to get the NHL back in MN.

This is what Seattle is going thru now. They didn't want to spend the money for a new stadium at the time, but look at the amount of money they are willing to spend now to get the NBA back in Seattle.

May 13, 2013  09:49 PM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Looks like The Battle For the Kings is not even close to over.

good for seattle

May 13, 2013  09:50 PM ET
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No one gives a sha1te bro

actuall we do dude

May 13, 2013  09:51 PM ET
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Yeah but Stern seems to influence the vote and how things will end up

yep stern and that hounddog of human clay bennett

May 13, 2013  09:51 PM ET
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I would rather have an NHL team

hockey sucks man

 
May 13, 2013  09:52 PM ET
QUOTE(#3):

I like how a few years ago Stern did everything he could to help move the Sonics out of Seattle. Now he's doing everything he can to keep the Kings moving to Seattle.What happened? He went to Starbucks one day and they spit in his coffee?

ya think

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