Originally written on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 11/8/14
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Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson said Tuesday he has been given permission by Commissioner David Stern to present a counter-offer for the Kings NBA franchise directly to the league's board of governors. The Maloof family, which owns the Sacramento Kings, reportedly has received an offer of $525 million from a group that wants to buy the team and move it to Seattle. Johnson called the offer "outrageous" during a State of Downtown address, according to The Sacramento Bee. He said he has a strategy to keep the Kings in Sacramento that includes creating an ownership group that will commit to keep the team in Sacramento and getting behind an arena plan that has been approved in the railyards north of the city's downtown. "We want this to be the final act of a saga that's gone on for far too long," said Johnson, referring to the Maloofs decade-long pursuit of a new arena and five-year flirtation with other markets. Johnson, whose relationship with the Maloofs has been strained sinc...
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