Re: Mayor Kevin Johnson to present counter-offer to keep Kings
With two proud cities fighting for control of the Sacramento Kings, the National Basketball Association will soon be called upon to pick a winner.
One city, Seattle, has signed a tentative, $340 million deal with the Maloof family to buy and move the team, and appears to have the inside track. Sacramento, in turn, is expected to counter any day now with a bid of its own, and has been gaining momentum in recent days.
It's unprecedented, said Bay Area sports consultant Andy Dolich, a former NBA team executive. "This is a unique circumstance. We have a thoroughbred horse race."
A decision is expected in mid-April, when the 30 NBA owners convene for a postseason board of governors meeting in New York.
-- Sacramento Bee