Collins, Tebow, and the Future of the Kings

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Artist’s rendering of what the inside of Sacramento’s new arena could look like. Courtesy: AECOM, April 2013

It is not even noon yet, and it’s been quite a day already for major sports news.

NBA center Jason Collins has made it known in a Sports Illustrated story that he is gay, and NFL quarterback Tim Tebow has been cut by the Jets. While there is a considerable difference in the relative importance of those two stories, either one would probably be the number one sports story on most days.

Collins is the first active American athlete in one of the four major sports to publicly announce he is gay, and Tebow is…well, Tebow, and football fans seem fascinated by him. Still, neither Collins nor Tebow will be the top story in Sacramento today because an NBA special committee is scheduled to pick the home for the Kings for next season and beyond.

While the committee decision will be only a recommendation, many observers close to the league have indicated it is likely the full NBA Board of Governors will follow the committee’s suggestion when it is time to make the final decision.

NBA Commissioner David Stern has set sometime around May 13 as the probably time frame for a final announcement regarding the league’s choice between Sacramento and Seattle. As for today, sports fans have three major stories to contemplate.

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