Final decision still weeks away

Monday could be as pivotal as any in the continuing Seattle/Sacramento battle over the NBA Kings.

The league’s Relocation/Finance Committee is scheduled to meet Monday via a conference call and issue a recommendation on whether to approve a sale of the team to a group that would move them to Seattle, or deny it, effectively keeping the Kings in Sacramento.

The public, though, might have to wait to find out the result as the league won’t announce the decision, though the rumor mill will undoubtedly run crazy.

A final decision by the Board of Governor will still be more than a week away. Bylaws require a grace period of seven business days from the time of the recommendation to the final, binding vote by the BOG. So that means the earliest the vote could happen is May 8, though commissioner David Stern said last week it might not happen until May 13.

The NBA’s Board of Governors consists of one representative from each of the 30 teams. Relocation requires 16 of 30 votes to pass, and the sale 23 of 30.

Bob Condotta: 206-515-5699 or bcondotta@seattletimes.com.