NBA Commissioner David Stern addressed today the potential relocation of the Sacramento Kings to Seattle.
The full audio of the pair or questions with answers is posted here.
An ESPN.com reporter from London asked for an update on the Sacramento to Seattle situation:
“The one thing we do know is that no purchase and sale agreement has been submitted to us," Stern said. "We assume if one were going to be executed, the next thing they would do is submit it to us."
“There’s been lots of speculation. The Mayor of Sacramento has asked me, ‘well if this comes to pass because we have been reading it in the newspapers,’ and he knows that anything he reads in the newspapers is likely to be accurate, ‘could I come in and address the board of governors for the Relocation Committee.’ And I said, ‘always. Communities that have supported us, and many that haven’t, but Sacramento has been particularly supportive, are always welcome to present.’ The mayor has been in before.”
He added: “That’s it, other than the speculation that has been going on.”
The reporter then followed up by asking if there has been any contact with the folks in Seattle.
Stern seemed to squirm slightly before answering, a piece you can hear through the audio.
“The answer to that is yes. Um, the mayor of Seattle came in some time ago and told us that he was in favor of having a team. We always entertain mayors even from cities that don’t have teams. And Chris Hansen, we understand to be a perspective builder of a fran—building, there, who has acquired land, has been in to have talks with us.”
Stern stumbled a bit saying “franchise” before correcting it to “building.”
Lastly, Stern said: “We are more or less in a series of communications but right now we don’t know anything in terms of actionable plans.”
Stern’s words don’t offer any incredibly profound answers. But his answers do serve as the latest in the continuing saga of a potential Kings move to Seattle.
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