The fight to keep the Kings in Sacramento all comes down to eight votes.
Sure, Mayor Kevin Johnson and the team of investors he helped assemble would like to win the hearts of dozens of members of the NBA Board of Governors as they make their case this week in New York. But eight is enough.
The Board of Governors is made up of 30 team owners, or their representatives. Three-fourths of those board-members must vote “yes” to approve a sale. So if just eight of them vote against the sale to Seattle, the deal dies. The Maloof family could then choose to accept the competitive offer that would keep the team in Sacramento.
Sacramento and Seattle make their cases on Wednesday to a committee of 12 board-members. Those board-members will then make a recommendation to the full Board of Governors which will vote on the Seattle sale on April 18th.