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Indications the day before the scheduled Sacramento-Seattle vote that the India issue will have very little sway...
in the final outcome. This is more along the lines of minor development compared to the larger issues -- arena, revenue sharing, relocation fee, etc. -- but it is noteworthy considering SAC mayor Kevin Johnson had made the presence of Vivek Ranadive, born and raised in India before striking it rich in the San Francisco area, a focus of the bid to retain the Kings.
In Johnson's mind, Ranadive could help the NBA advance its goal of a greater presence in the world second-most populous country and generate millions for the league. But, said one person very familiar with the thinking of the Board of Governors:
"It's not a factor at all."