What the Sacramento Kings Vote Reveals About the Business of Basketball

Dissecting the NBA's vote to keep the Kings in Sacramento, for now.
Sacramento Kings mascot Slamson cheers on the Sacramento Kings in a game against the Dallas Mavericks on April 5 Photograph by Rocky Widner/NBAE via Getty Images

Yesterday in Dallas, NBA owners voted not to let the Sacramento Kings move to Seattle. Instead, the team will stay where it is for now and probably be sold to an ownership group that wants to keep it there. The vote did feel a little bit like the International Olympic Committee choosing the next host for the Games, but this was more than a contest among cities. It was a referendum on how the NBA does business. Here’s what we learned:

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