Originally written January 15, 2013 on NESN.com:
Sacramento’s Mayor Kevin Johnson is taking his fight to keep the Kings in California’s capital city to NBA owners. Again. Speaking at the annual State of Downtown breakfast on Tuesday, Johnson said he has received approval from NBA Commissioner David Stern to present a counteroffer to the league from buyers who would keep the team in Sacramento. He said the city is in a “six-week sprint” to put together a proposal for the NBA’s Board of Governors to consider over a potential sale and relocation to Seattle. The league’s deadline for teams to apply for a move for the next season is March 1, though that has been extended each of the last two years for the Kings. And both times, Johnson — a former NBA All-Star — has convinced the league that Sacramento could help fix the franchise’s financial woes and secure its long-term home in a new arena. “We want this to be the final act of a saga that’s gone on for far too long,” Johnson said. People with knowledge of the situation said last week tha
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