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NBA Owners Keep Kings in Sacramento Despite Paul Allen's Vote for Seattle
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For the second time in five years, Portland Trail Blazers owner Paul Allen went against the will of the NBA's majority, casting a vote in favor of basketball in Seattle as his colleagues collectively voted against it. NBA commissioner David Stern announced Wednesday that the league's Board of Governors voted 22-8 against a Seattle-area investment group's bid to purchase and relocate the Sacramento Kings to Seattle for the 2013-14 season. Allen, according to multiple reports, was one of the eight votes in favor of the proposed relocation, which would have returned a basketball team to his hometown for the first time since 2008, when the SuperSonics relocated to Oklahoma City and became the Thunder. In 2008, Allen was one of just two votes in favor of keeping the Sonics in town and maintaining the I-5 rivalry with the Blazers.

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