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Kings staying, won't file for relocation

Posted on: May 2, 2011 11:47 am
Edited on: May 2, 2011 12:28 pm
Posted by Royce Young

There they stayed. The Kings aren't moving. At least for now.

According to numerous outlets, the Kings have ended their relocation bid to Anaheim and will remain in Sacramento, at least for another year.

The Maloofs, in a press release said:
Out of respect to Kings fans and the regional business community, we have decided to remain in Sacramento for the 2011-12 season. The fans’ spirit and energy, specifically our season ticket holders, has been remarkable and we are truly thankful for their loyalty. We also are greatly appreciative of the support from our corporate sponsors as well as other local businesses that have come forward in recent weeks.

Additionally, we would like to take this opportunity to send a heartfelt thank you to the loyal and hardworking team members within our organization. From the game night staff to the front office, coaches, and players, we are grateful for their professionalism and devotion.
Also, the release thanked Sacramento mayor Kevin Johnson but also mentioned the ominous future for the city as well. "However, if an arena plan cannot be finalized in a timely fashion, the NBA¹s relocation committee has assured Maloof Sports and Entertainment that it will support an application to move the franchise to another market starting in 2012-13."


It really shouldn't come as a huge surprise as the NBA had recommended the team stay in Sacramento to go along with about 50 other signs and reasons the Kings should remain in town. Of course that didn't stop the Maloofs from pursuing every available option to continue the relocation process. But in the end, without the league's support and a sketchy plan, they decided to withdraw.

Good move. Er, I guess good non-move. You know what I mean.

Still, at the heart of this is the arena. While the Kings bought themselves another year in Sacramento, the franchise needs to move ground (literally or at the least figuratively) on a new arena otherwise we'll be watching this same scenario unfold next year. The interesting part then will be if Sacramento still doesn't make progress and the team seeks relocation, is Anaheim the choice? Something tells me no because of all the blowback there was from that.

(This would be a pretty good time to start building your own new arena, Seattle. That is, if you want a new team.)

I don't know enough about the current situation in Sacremento to say whether or not a new arena is likely, but obviously that's the issue going forward. Get that built and the team is there for at least another 20 years. Don't, and this whole thing will come back and the NBA might not be willing to step in next time. The threat of relocation is real and the Maloofs are serious. No business owner wants to lose money. That's not the point of owning a business. So if things don't progress, they'll look at their options.

Since: Aug 16, 2006
Posted on: May 2, 2011 5:08 pm

Kings staying, won't file for relocation


Since: Mar 30, 2010
Posted on: May 2, 2011 5:03 pm

Kings staying, won't file for relocation

oops. that reply was to yeahohyeah.... i wish this sportsline format weren't so wishywashy :-)

Since: Mar 30, 2010
Posted on: May 2, 2011 5:02 pm

Kings staying, won't file for relocation

 You're absolutely right. I'd just rather see a half bill go to city infrastructure and little leagues than 2 dudes in a limo and lear jet. Thanks for the comment!

Since: Sep 20, 2006
Posted on: May 2, 2011 4:48 pm

Kings staying, won't file for relocation

Bush will take credit for the resolution and have a photo op dressed in a Sacramento jersey holding a basketball saying "mission accomplished".

Since: Jan 23, 2009
Posted on: May 2, 2011 4:24 pm

Kings staying, won't file for relocation

Obama has a press conference scheduled so he can take credit for getting this resolved.

Since: Jan 17, 2007
Posted on: May 2, 2011 4:19 pm

Kings staying, won't file for relocation

@yeahohyeah: It wasn't Anaheim that came a'courtin' the Maloffs, it was the other way around...Anaheim already has a great facility, no new dollars required to move in.  That being said, there is no way in hades that the Lakers and Clippers are going to let a third team move into the SoCal area.  Nor the NBA, for that matter, it makes no sense.  It would make more sense to go to the Bay Area, or better yet, to Seattle.  Although, Seattle wouldn't pony up to keep the team they already had, so I don't think they will spring for another team bent on abandoning it's current city.  I guess they could move back to KC, though!!

Since: Aug 5, 2008
Posted on: May 2, 2011 3:28 pm

Kings staying, won't file for relocation


You need to understand that the Maloofs (and every pro sports team owner) ALWAYS has the upper hand in arena negotiations. These owners will never foot the entire bill for a new stadium or arena for one very simple reason: they don't have to. There will always be another city who can get the public to approve public funds to build such facilities.

Sacramento and fans such as yourself simply do not have a leg to stand on. If Sacramento chooses to take a stance (like Seattle did with the Sonics...Baltimore did with the Colts...Houston did with the on and so forth), there will always be the Anaheims and Kansas City's of the world waiting to swoop in. You might see this same scenario take place in Minneapolis soon with the Vikings if the folks in Minnesota can't pull their heads out of the ground. Pittsburgh finally saw the light and was able to prevent us seeing the very awkwardly-named Kansas City Penguins.

So, it's very simple. If the local government in Sacramento can't get funding approved for a new arena, the Kings will move.

Since: Sep 4, 2007
Posted on: May 2, 2011 2:51 pm

Kings staying, won't file for relocation

Talk about you classic carrot!!  "If you dont make me rich I will leave you alone with no one to root for besides yourself!!"  Arent there some schools that need funding in Sacramento?  Besides its the capital of California.

Since: Nov 30, 2010
Posted on: May 2, 2011 2:41 pm

Kings staying, won't file for relocation

Sacramento needs to build a new sports complex, period!

Cities build sports complexes, owners do not. If there is no arena or sports complex built in Sacramento we will not only lose the Kings but we will lose out on every event that happens at Power Balance Pavilion (aka Arco Arena). No more concerts, no more Ice Capades, no more monster trucks or motocross races, and no more family events.  If we lose the Kings there will not be enough revenue to keep Power Balance Pavilion running and maintained, it is that simple folks.  Power Balance Pavilion is falling apart and has needed to be replaced for a decade, it was a huge turd when it was built as they cut every corner they could to save costs instead of building a good product.

For over a decade the City Council of Sacramento has been stringing the Maloofs (who I am no fan of) along with promises of a new complex when they would speak to the Maloofs in public, but in private were stabbing the Kings owners in the back with no real plans to build a new desperately needed complex.  When the Kings move the city of Sacramento is going to lose revenue and will see even higher unemployment in the area.  The voters of Sacramento elected the liberal fools on the city council and now we see the team leave town due to their own ignorance.

Since: Apr 2, 2008
Posted on: May 2, 2011 2:12 pm

Kings staying, won't file for relocation

Noone is blackmailing anyone. The Maloofs have always said they would be a part of the new arena. everyone needs to show there support for the building and the Kings. this is not ONLY about the Kings. It is about the quality of life in the capital city.

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