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Old 04-14-2011, 08:24 PM   #1 (permalink)
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With cheers, tears, Sacramento sends Kings into the unknown | NBA.com

I was reading this today rather than studying for my chem exam tomorrow at 9 AM but I feel some compassion toward the city of Sacramento. They really have dedicated fans like in OKC and hell like here. It sucks having your city's team being relocated somewhere else and knowing that next season you won't have another basketball team to root for or rather not even coming back the arena. I feel sympathetic to the fans of Sacramento. Hope this doesn't happen to us.
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Old 04-14-2011, 08:29 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I feel bad for Sacramento. They're a terrible team but they have passionate fans.

Also felt bad for the play-by-play commentator of the Kings who broke down during the sign-off video.
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Old 04-14-2011, 08:32 PM   #3 (permalink)
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7-8yrs ago nobody would have thought this was coming. It's a sad day imo, fans there love this team.
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Old 04-14-2011, 08:42 PM   #4 (permalink)
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There's too many memories in that stadium and its like you can't relive them anymore even when you have you're own children. Did the Maloof brothers really give up like Chuck said?
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It sucks for Sac Town. I remember watching games when they had C-Webb and Divac. The Arco Arena was packed.
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Old 04-14-2011, 09:34 PM   #6 (permalink)
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i honestly think their making a mistake, i give the kings a season or 2 and they should be contending for a playoff spot
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"The Maloofs are not going to sell the team," Kings spokesman Troy Hanson said.

Johnson stressed the viability of the Sacramento market to the owners and reminded them of the Kings' success in the city over the last 26 years. A former NBA All-Star, Johnson compared his adrenaline when he got dressed Thursday to that of a postseason game.

He revealed to the owners more than $7 million in corporate participation that he said was identified in less than a week and reiterated the city's commitment to building a new entertainment complex to replace the Power Balance Pavilion, whether the Kings remained to play in it or not.

"So for anybody that has concern, even in a down market, a down economy, that we as a community can't step up to a higher level in the 2011-12 season, they would be mistaken and we have to demonstrate that," Johnson said before the meeting.

Darius Anderson of the Anderson Burkle Group said Burkle's interest proves that. Johnson said the owners asked and were assured that Burkle's group would not seek to move the team.

"If this new ownership group comes to Sacramento, we will have a winning team. No doubt about it," Anderson said. "Ron knows how to win, he won the Stanley Cup two years ago, and he's made that same commitment going forward."

Johnson said the Kings sold out in 19 of their 26 seasons in Sacramento, adding that "I don't believe the grass is greener in Anaheim than it is in Sacramento."

"Fans mean something. Fans are the texture and the heart and soul of the NBA," Johnson said. "That's No. 1. No. 2, we are a top-20 TV market, so I want to remind and maybe dispel some of the concerns that people have with the Sacramento market. It is a viable market."

But the former Arco Arena is outdated, so the Maloof brothers have begun exploring the move to Southern California. The Honda Center, which hosted the NCAA tournament's West Regional finals, has amenities that Sacramento's building lacks.

The arena situation in Sacramento has long been a concern in the NBA, and Commissioner David Stern has expressed less optimism seemingly each time he's been asked over the last few years. Yet it's the league's owners who will determine if the Maloofs can move, and a majority of them would have to approve the application.

They could also seek to establish a severe relocation fee penalty that could make the Maloofs reconsider.

Sacramento's pitch also included a report from Tim Romani, president and CEO of the ICON group, which is performing a feasibility study for a new arena that he said should be completed by the end of May. However, he did say the financing for the project was not fully determined.

But Burkle led the drive for a new arena in Pittsburgh, and Johnson's team believes he could be the key to saving pro basketball in Sacramento.

"We built a very compelling case to the NBA today," Johnson said.

Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson makes pitch to keep the Kings - NBA - SI.com
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Sacramento's the closest team to Portland. If they get booted, we'll basically be an Alaskan NBA team.
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Old 04-15-2011, 02:07 PM   #12 (permalink)
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Old 04-15-2011, 02:13 PM   #13 (permalink)
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are the kings losing money?
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It's shit like this, Seattle. Vancouver, Quebec Nordiques, Winnipeg Jets, etc, that make me think the sports setup in Europe is soooooo much better than how things work over here.

Now it's a completely different system (relegation and promotion) and i realize that it can never happen here, but really it is soooo much better and more fair to the teams. It's less about money and more about the game. Although of course money plays a role.

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Old 04-15-2011, 07:04 PM   #16 (permalink)
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is toronto next??
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Southern California supermarket tycoon Ronald Burkle, in partnership with well-connected Sacramento lobbyist and developer Darius Anderson, emerged as last-minute potential saviors of the NBA in Sacramento.

The duo said they would lead a group that could purchase the Kings or buy another team for the city should the Kings move to Anaheim.

A co-owner of hockey's Pittsburgh Penguins, the multibillionaire Burkle already has been rebuffed by the Maloofs on buying the team, Anderson said.

The family has vowed to hold onto the Kings and insisted Thursday that the team isn't for sale to Burkle or anyone else.

"It does not matter they are not going to sell the team," said Kings spokesman Troy Hanson when asked about the Burkle plan.

But with his wealth, connections and successful track record in hockey, Burkle's mere presence could persuade NBA owners to block the Kings' move to Anaheim and effectively force the Maloofs to sell the team to him, said Lloyd Greif, a Los Angeles investment banker who is not involved in the deal but has known Burkle for years.
Billionaire talks of buying Kings or another team for Sacramento - Sacramento Sports - Kings, 49ers, Raiders, High School Sports | Sacramento Bee
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Must suck to be a King fan right now ):... I remember when they used to have the loudest arenas around
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NBA officials now expect the Kings to play next season in Sacramento, league executives told The Times on Friday.

Whether the team, which was about to seek permission to move to Honda Center in Anaheim, stays in Sacramento beyond next season remains to be decided.

That will depend on city and county officials and local businesses redeeming the pledges made by Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson before the NBA's relocation committee last week in New York, including support for a new downtown arena.

Commissioner David Stern declined Friday to compare the cities' packages.

"That's for the committee to decide," he said from New York.

However, Stern confirmed the NBA's continuing interest in Sacramento's offer.

"Mayor Johnson made certain representations about community support that he had secured," Stern said.

"The committee thought it would be prudent to send an NBA task force out to Sacramento to verify those commitments.

"And that is now what's being done."

The NBA officials agree that if the Kings live up to all of their pledges, the team is expected to stay in Sacramento long-term.

Kings co-owner Gavin Maloof told the Sacramento Bee that he and his brothers have not made a decision.

"That is not what we are saying," Maloof said. "We haven't said what we are going to say. We'll let you know when we know."

After a decade of failed negotiations for a new arena, with Stern involved in the most recent talks, washing his hands when they crashed, Sacramento officials had lost credibility with the Maloofs, as well as with NBA officials.

However, when Johnson presented his lavish package with the Is dotted, the Ts crossed, the timetable specific and the funding package appearing to be credible, everything changed.

The officials agree that there was no problem with Anaheim's offer, or any questions about Honda Center's suitability.

Nevertheless, when Sacramento's bid came in, Anaheim became, as one official put it, "immaterial."

More NBA staffers are expected to visit Sacramento next week to pore over the details.
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