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Sports with Art Thiel
5:00 am
Fri April 12, 2013

Sacramento or Seattle? Why NBA commish wants Kings to stay put

Kings fan Robert Robbins holds a poster of Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson before the Kings NBA basketball game against the Oklahoma City Thunder (formerly Sonics) in January.
Rich Pedroncelli AP Photo

The battle between Seattle and Sacramento investors over the Kings basketball team has taken a few more turns. The most interesting one is the revelation that NBA commissioner David Stern appears to want to keep the team in Sactown.

KPLU sports commentator Art Thiel explains why.

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Sports with Art Thiel
5:00 am
Fri April 5, 2013

Sonics fans left to wait; Kings decision likely delayed

Oklahoma City Thunder owner Clay Bennett, chair of the NBA relocation committee, arrives for owners’ meeting Wednesday, regarding the possible relocation of the Sacramento Kings to Seattle. Bennett led the group that moved the Sonics to OKC in 2008.
Richard Drew AP Photo

Why the delay? That’s what a lot of Sonics fans in Seattle are asking, after a meeting of NBA owners this week regarding the future of the Sacramento Kings.

Seattle and Sacramento groups made competing bids and NBA commissioner David Stern says it will likely take longer than expected to reach a decision. 

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Sports with Art Thiel
1:15 am
Fri July 13, 2012

Why should Seattle dance with Stern, NBA again?

N.B.A. Commissioner David Stern, pictured here in Houston, in February, 2012.
David J. Phillip AP Images

If the backers of a plan to build a new sports arena in Seattle's SoDo area are successful, they'll be looking to attract both a professional hockey club and a professional basketball team as marquis tenants.

Seattle and King County lawmakers are poring over the proposal's details. In the coming weeks they'll cast votes on the arena plan, its call for up to $200 million in public bonds (to be paired with $300 million in private funds), a plan championed by investor Chris Hansen.

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