Sunday, February 17, 2013
Expansion, the Kings and Seattle
By Tom Carpenter
During a Saturday presser, commissioner David Stern and the man who will replace him next year, Adam Silver, suggested that the NBA has little interest in expanding, according to Tully Corcoran of FoxSportsSouthwest.com. Stern focused on finances.
"There is a large group of owners who believe that expansion as an economic matter, is a neutral thing," Stern said. "At least the way we've done it to date, you get a lot of money in and in return for that you cut the new team in for a large and growing source of revenue . . . And then it doesn't really seem to make that much additional sense."
Silver focused on a potentially dwindling talent pool, wondering "whether there are 15 more of the world's greatest players available without diluting the league. And we think we're at the right point now."
These comments came up while discussing whether the Sacramento Kings would be moved to Seattle. Stern suggested that if the Kings want to stay in Sacto, the city had better pony up significant funds. Mayor Kevin Johnson is expected to give a counter proposal that would include building a new arena "with a significant subsidy from the City of Sacramento."
It appears that Seattle has the edge in securing the Kings, but this process is far from being over.