Battle for Kings' ownership still on despite vote

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Associated Press

Posted on May 15, 2013 at 11:00 PM

Updated Thursday, May 16 at 7:01 AM

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — With one victory already down, Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson is putting on a full-court press to win another contest — the ownership battle for the NBA's Kings.

The league's Board of Governors voted 22-8 Wednesday against a proposal to relocate the franchise to Seattle and restore the SuperSonics name. With that issue settled, attention now turns to who will own the team.

Seattle investor Chris Hansen and Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer negotiated a backup plan over the weekend involving a minority stake in the Kings with the Maloofs retaining majority ownership and keeping the team in Sacramento. The contingency plan was to take effect if the NBA denied the pending sale and relocation.

But Johnson says the focus now is on an effort by a Sacramento-based group to acquire the Kings from the Maloof family.

He said Wednesday that process would take place "around the clock for the next two days."

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