Now a losing team filled with rookies, the Royals still did not turn a profit.Meanwhile, the NBA was putting pressure on Harrison to sell or relocate his team to a larger city.
With this in mind, the 1956–57 season was the Royals' last in Rochester.The Royals' stay in Rochester featured the services of nine future members of the Basketball Hall of Fame, one member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame, and a Hollywood Walk of Famer: Al Cervi, Bob Davies, Alex Hannum, Les Harrison, Red Holzman, Arnie Risen, Maurice Stokes, Jack Twyman, Bobby Wanzer, Otto Graham, Chuck Connors and Jack Mc Mahon.In 1975, the Kings ceased playing home games in Omaha and simply became the Kansas City Kings.The team again failed to find success in that market, and moved to Sacramento in 1985.With their smallish arena and now-limited schedule, the Royals became less profitable even as Harrison maintained a remarkably high standard for the team, which finished no lower than second in its division in both the NBL and BAA/NBA from 1945 to 1954.
Harrison knew that the NBA was outgrowing Rochester, and spent most of the 1950s looking for a buyer for his team.
Of the two best teams in pro basketball, only one of them could play in the league finals from 1949 to 1954.
Minneapolis, with George Mikan, was almost always a little better at playoff time than the Royals.
The change of venue had been said to have been suggested by Jack Twyman and Dave Piontek, who were two of several roster players on the new Royals from that region.
Cincinnati, which had a strong college basketball fan base and no NFL franchise to compete with, was deemed the best choice for the Harrisons.
The Royals won the NBA title in 1951 by defeating the New York Knicks 4 games to 3.