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NBA's Kings staying put for at least 1 more season

The Sacramento Kings will remain in town for at least one more season to give Mayor Kevin Johnson a chance to follow through on his promise of a new arena.

The Kings had been considering a move to Anaheim, Calif., after several failed efforts to build a new arena in Sacramento, but they decided to give Johnson one more shot.

"The mayor of Sacramento has told the NBA relocation committee that he will have a plan for a new arena within a year," co-owner Joe Maloof told The Associated Press. "If not, the team will be relocated to another city."

The Kings had until Monday to let the NBA know if they would seek permission to relocate. Johnson, a former NBA star, had spent the past few months doing his best to keep Sacramento's only major sports team in town.

He arranged $10 million in sponsorship pledges from the corporate community, but it will be his ability to get a viable plan for a new arena that will likely determine the franchise's long-term future.


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