We'll keep any of today's Kings/Seattle-related updates below:
- Scott Howard-Cooper of NBA.com says that even if Sacramento's legal challenges buy more time, he isn't sure it necessarily means an eventual victory against the move to Seattle (Sulia link). He also mentions that although the league would prefer to have the situation resolved by the Board of Governors meeting on April 18-19, it would be willing to carry on discussions into the summer, even if it meant having to prepare individual season schedules for Sacramento and Seattle.
- Mark Mastrov made a strong impression on local investors yesterday after explaining his vision of building a new arena and keeping the Kings in Sacramento, wrote Ryan Lillis, Dale Kasler, and Tony Bizjak
of the Sacramento Bee. Mayor Kevin Johnson described the meeting as a “positive
step forward in our effort to keep the Kings,” while others who attended added that Mastrov has brought added confidence, optimism, and hope to the table.
- Kasler also reports that a bankruptcy trustee who controls
seven percent of the Kings will bring in “special litigation counsel” to help
make the claim that the team's minority owners are illegally being denied
the right to match the purchase offer from Chris Hansen and the Seattle group. While
the Maloofs and Hansen view this claim as a non-issue, University of New
Hampshire sports law expert Michael McCann thinks that litigation may interfere
with the Seattle group’s plan to have the sale approved by mid-April and could
possibly delay the franchise from moving for another year at the least.