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Report: Kings 'expected' to stay in Sacramento?

Posted on: April 22, 2011 6:39 pm
Edited on: April 22, 2011 9:12 pm
The NBA reportedly expects the Sacramento Kings to remain in Sacramento for the 2011-2012 NBA season rather than relocate to Anaheim. Postedmaloofsby Ben Golliver with reporting from Ken Berger.

After months of discussion about the likely relocation of the Sacramento Kings to Anaheim, the tables have apparently turned. 

The Los Angeles Times reported Friday that the Kings are now "expected" to remain in Sacramento for the 2011-2012 NBA season, citing NBA officials.
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.
Fan efforts in Sacramento to keep the Kings have been ongoing for months. Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson, the former NBA point guard, has also been instrumental in presenting the city's case for keeping the team, appealing to the NBA's Boad of Governors to reconsider the merits of the Kings' relocation proposal. 

NBA commissioner David Stern says that Johnson's presentation provided significant new information, and the Times writes that it was essentially a game-changer.
"Mayor Johnson made certain representations about community support that he had secured," Stern said.
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.
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 Maloof family, which owns the Kings, has until May 2 to present its case for relocation, a date that exists after two extensions were already granted by the league. They could still pursue the relocation option, but it's possible the NBA's Relocation Committee wouldn't approve their proposal. 

Three sources told's Ken Berger Friday night that NBA officials, led by Thunder owner Clay Bennett, have not informed the Kings or the city of Sacramento of any final decision on assertions made by Mayor Kevin Johnson to the Board of Governors about the city's renewed push to keep the Kings. Berger notes in an email:
One of the sources said a key component missing from plan, which includes additional sponsorships and a push for a new arena, is financing.
"Where is the financing?" one source said. "Where is the money?"
League officials are expected to convene with city officials Monday to complete the fact-finding mission. One of the sources told said all signs point to a positive referendum on Sacramento's efforts to keep the team, but added, "It's not there yet."
The Maloofs, clearly frustrated with the 11th-hour effort after 13 years of unsuccessful attempts to get similar commitments from the city, have not yet made a decision on whether to apply for relocation to Anaheim by the extended May 2 deadline.
"We're anxious to look at what Kevin Johnson has been able to accomplish since he made a lot of assertions about the Sacramento market," co-owner Joe Maloof told "After the NBA does its due diligence, we'll evaluate it and go forward. But we have not made any decision one way or another."
The Sacramento Bee reported Friday that Joe Maloof denied the L.A. Times report, saying that nothing has been decided yet. "That is not what we are saying," Maloof told the paper. "We haven't said what we are going to say. We'll let you know when we know."

The Associated Press quoted Gavin's brother Joe with the same "no decision yet" message on Friday.
Maloof told The Associated Press on Friday that no decision has been made and he's "as anxious as anybody" to find out if Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson can deliver on his promise for more sponsorship support and finally finance a plan for a new arena.
"I don't know that Kevin Johnson's meeting in New York swayed the NBA one way or another, but I think that the NBA next week is going to go into Sacramento to verify a lot of the promises Kevin Johnson made to the board," Maloof said. "There were various sponsorship promises and a promise to show the board, once and for all, how a new arena not only will be planned, but financed." also reported the decision has not yet been made but noted that things are looking "very good" for Sacramento.
After speaking to several highly-involved sources, I would say that it's still looking very good for Sacto but no decision yet. Maloofs are still considering Anaheim, according to sources. NBA's further investigation into mayor Kevin Johnson's claims next week.It's telling, however, that there is no current plan to analyze Anaheim situation further on part of the NBA.
Will they be the Sacramento Kings or the Anaheim Royals next season? That remains to be seen. But all the logistics involved in executing a relocation means the clock is ticking for Anaheim. Any delay or hiccup from here on out favors Sacramento.

Since: Mar 30, 2010
Posted on: April 23, 2011 12:55 am

#20 TV market out of 30 NBA teams

I call "foul". After finding out that A. Anaheim needed to upgrade an arena only two years "younger" than Arco, uh Power Balance Pavilion, and B. that the voters of Orange County were about to be bilked out of hundreds of millions of dollars to make the boys and there new daddy even richer than they already are, you had to know that the NBA would recognize efforts to put the Anaheim funding on a voters ballot that would surely be rejected as solidly as Sacramento has. Just as much, SOMEBODY in that ivory tower had to remind them that the Central valley of the 7th largest economy in the world was too lucrative to abandon. PAY CLOSE ATTENTION HERE: If they stay in Sacto for one season it will be the turning point of them never leaving. Next year's team will be an instant playoff team in the top half of playoff qualifiers. The cap room is ridiculous for when the new collective bargaining is settled and the core 3 players have the talent to draw fans from the Bay area away from the Warriors. But I digress: They've made their play to scare Sac town into giving them an arena next time they try to push the issue and, despite that cheesy chump scare tactic, the citizens of this area will continue to hold NBA owners accountable to pay their fair share WHEN THEY DECIDE THE TIME IS RIGHT.

Since: Apr 15, 2008
Posted on: April 23, 2011 12:45 am

Report: Kings 'expected' to stay in Sacramento?

Pull? wow, I must be half meant to say People!!!

Since: Apr 15, 2008
Posted on: April 23, 2011 12:44 am

Report: Kings 'expected' to stay in Sacramento?

Everytime I see a story about this, pull are bashing on can you? They draw 15,000 people a game in a non traditional hockey market.....just imagine how the NBA would do???

Good luck Sacramento with your 13,000 fans a game..

I'm not about to believe there going to stay off one newspaper article, it's clear they want out of Sacramento...

Since: Aug 7, 2008
Posted on: April 23, 2011 12:36 am

Report: Kings 'expected' to stay in Sacramento?

Wow...the Kings are not going to Anaheim, but that does not mean that they are staying put in Sacramento. Can everyone say "San Jose Kings" "San Jose Royals" "San Jose NBA team".

Since: Nov 26, 2010
Posted on: April 23, 2011 12:33 am

Report: Kings 'expected' to stay in Sacramento?

It's much better for the Kings to stay in Sacramento because Anaheim is a disaster waiting to happen for them. The "Anaheim Royals", yeah, ok then. The fact of the matter is they should have stayed in Kansas City where they actually had some history behind them and an excellent sports market. This franchise is a prime example of why "contraction", yes "contraction" would be great for the NBA. With Sacramento on the brink of relocating and the NBA taking over the Hornets, you have a league that's going to be hemorraging money at a riduculous pace soon, well actually they are now come to think of it. And on top of all that you have a lock out coming where the owners are actually going to attempt to make the players give money back that they've already been paid. The NFL's labor issues are NOTHING compared to the NBA's. At the rate the NBAs going they'll be back showing the games on tape delay after the local news in a few years. Probably not, but you get the point none the less.

Since: Feb 3, 2009
Posted on: April 22, 2011 11:25 pm

Report: Kings 'expected' to stay in Sacramento?

That's some BS.  They're attendance is as low as the Sonics was at the lowest point (when they were two feet out the door).  The Sonics had a plan ready to go to remodel Key Arena with Ballmer aiding them, but that wasn't approved by Stern until AFTER they left, while Sac is allowed to organize a replacement buyer to try to do THE EXACT SAME THING?!?  And the Kings get to stay for an extra year, while they tried EVERYTHING to get the Sonics to move?  What the hell man? 
I guess that's what happens when you're a fat Okie sucking off the stereotype of an owner.  "I don't think of you just as a friend David, but I also admire you more than any other man in my life."  That's working the shaft Clay Clay.  And guess who's in charge of the relocation committee?  Guess who they wined and dined in Sac?  One po-dunk cow town helping out another I suppose.

Since: Jul 29, 2009
Posted on: April 22, 2011 11:05 pm

Report: Kings 'expected' to stay in Sacramento?

Let's be realisic; the Maloof's are goofballs that were handing the keys to the kingdom by their father. I grew up 4 blocks from these dudes and attended the same grade school and trust me when I say these jokers aren't exactly Rhodes scholars. When you toss in the fact that the Palms is experiencing fiscal issues(as is most of Las Vegas), you get a kind of Frank McCourt feeling about this situation. If the brothers made a commitment to a city,a franchise or even a woman would be a step in the right direction. Unfortunately, Mrs. M is a royal pain that has not allowed any of her boys to walk the aisle.

Since: Aug 25, 2009
Posted on: April 22, 2011 10:22 pm

Report: Kings 'expected' to stay in Sacramento?

I'm a little torn. On the one hand, I would like to see the Kings stay in Sacramento - that city has been very good to the franchise and there is some good history there. On the other hand, I am fundamentally opposed to seeing taxpayers bail out privately-owned sports franchises. If the team cannot make money, then either it needs to look at its bottom line and business practices or it needs to find a place where it can make money. or it needs to fold. Asking taxpayers to not only pay the inflated ticket prices (and all the other inflated prices that go along with professional sports franchises) as well as fund a stadium/arena/whatever seems to be the wrong way to do business. 

That being said, I am also a little suspicious of Kevin Johnson's last-minute package. The article by Mr. Golliver and Mr. Berger seems to suggest that there are some questions as to how viable and legitimate the funding really is. And it unfortunately true that Kevin Johnson has some . So if I were the Maloof brothers, I would be somewhat wary until the package can be fully vetted by the league and approved as being valid. Until then, I think they are taking the correct stance.

In the end, this all should come down to what the citizens of Sacramento want the team to stay, not what a bunch of politicians and wealthy casino owners want. As I said, purely from a fan's perspective, I would like to see the team stay in Sacramento. But I also believe that professional sports franchises, like any other business, should be free to move if that is in their best interests. We are not talking about amateur athletics here. Professional sports is a business and the bottom line has to be considered. And taxpayers should not be viewed as the golden goose by these franchise owners and their politician allies.

Since: Apr 7, 2011
Posted on: April 22, 2011 9:00 pm

Report: Kings 'expected' to stay in Sacramento

This is some good news. Sacramento basketball fans are some of THE MOST loyal and passionate around and they deserve a team. Ever since the Maloofs stepped over GM Geoff Petrie and fired Adelman this team has been on a downward spiral. Myself a Kings fan thought that was a really stupid decision they would regret.Ever since we've had to put up with some crap teams.But they have shown toughness and talent the last few years and I would hate seeing them succeed in another market.Sports teams bring a city together, and when the Kings find their winning ways again the citizens of Sac will be thrilled to have them.Hopefully. that is if they stay.Mayor Johnson, find a way to make it happen!

Since: Dec 11, 2006
Posted on: April 22, 2011 7:38 pm

Report: Kings 'expected' to stay in Sacramento

The Kings don't belong in a saturated market like LA/Anaheim is. Most of those fans in Anaheim are Laker fans and about 20% Clipper fans. Those fans won't change loyalties just like that.

Sacramento will build the Kings an new sports and entertainment complex in about 3 years. It's not just the Kings that need a new Arena, but the whole city as well to try and stimulate things over there.

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