Jack’s Sports Report: Everything With Balls

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Sale Of Kings To Seattle Group Confirmed

The Sacramento Kings appear to be headed to Seattle. The NBA, the Maloof family that owns the Kings and the Seattle ownership group buying the team confirmed the sale Monday. The league issued a statement saying the proposed sale is now under review and is subject to approval of the NBA’s Board of Governors. If approved, the Kings are expected to relocate to Seattle’s Key Arena next season and be renamed the SuperSonics.

Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn is claiming a big win in the likely return of NBA basketball to Seattle, but there are reports that renovations and scheduling issues at Key Arena, plus lawsuits, may gum things up.  “Seattlepi.com” says KeyArena needs minor upgrades to become a temporary home for the Sacramento Kings as their new Seattle arena is built.  Meanwhile, the new arena still faces two lawsuits over its location and whether its financing plan illegally uses public funds.

The Maloof family is releasing a statement about the sale of the Sacramento Kings to a Seattle investment group.  Galvin Maloof says the family has always appreciated and treasured their ownership of the Kings and have had a great admiration for the fans and team members.  The statement went on to thank the leader of the Seattle investment team, Chris Hansen, for his professionalism during the negotiations.  Meanwhile, Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson released his own statement saying Sacramento has proven to be a strong NBA market by selling out 19 of 27 seasons in a Top 20 market and owning two of the longest sellout streaks in NBA history.

No News On Search For NHL Team For New Arena

So far, there’s no news on the search for a new National Hockey League team for Seattle’s proposed new NBA-NHL arena. “The Seattle Times” says Chicago minor-league hockey owner Don Levin still wants to help, but the NHL has indicated no interest in expansion. Also, Levin admits that NHL teams are currently talking about moving.

Seahawks’ Wilson Headed For Pro Bowl

Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson will cap off a successful rookie season with a trip to the Pro Bowl this week. Wilson replaces injured Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan on the NFC roster. Wilson becomes the sixth Seahawk to make the Pro Bowl this season.

Gonzaga Falls In Poll

Gonzaga dropped in the “USA Today Top 25″ college basketball rankings this week from number-eight to number-10. The Bulldogs return to WCC action when they host Brigham Young on Thursday. Gonzaga is 17-and-2 and 4-and-0 in conference play.

Huskies Head South To Oregon

Washington plays at struggling Oregon State on Wednesday night in Pac-12 basketball action. UW is 12-and-6 overall and 4-and-1 in the Pac-12. The Huskies have won eight of their last 10 games.

Cougars Face Tough Oregon Swing

Washington State plays the hottest team in the Pac-12 tomorrow night, the 16th-ranked Oregon Ducks. Oregon has won seven in-a-row. The Cougars are 10-and-8 overall and only 1-and-4 in the Pac-12. They have lost four of their last five games.

Huskies’ Trufant In Senior Bowl

Washington defensive back Desmond Trufant is practicing with the North squad for this Saturday’s Senior Bowl. The Tacoma native broke up 16 passes in 2012 and was named first-team all-Pac-12. He’s the younger brother of Seahawks cornerback Marcus Trufant.

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