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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: Feb 28, 2007
Posted on: May 2, 2011 2:07 pm

Kings staying, won't file for relocation

I couldnt have said better myself. Kudos

Since: Jun 20, 2009
Posted on: May 2, 2011 1:53 pm

Kings staying, won't file for relocation

Thats kind of funny as the Maloofs know there is going to be a LOCKOUT...They will go to Anaheim in 2012/2013..

Since: Mar 30, 2010
Posted on: May 2, 2011 1:47 pm

...and a 1,...and a 2...

Get this straight everybody. The Sacramento voters will not be blackmailed into funding a new arena for the NBA just because they're staying now. The dynamics of this situation won't change. 20th largest TV market in the nation supported by ecuacted voters who understand that even multi-millionaires in debt can afford to carry the heavy part of building a new venue with a little (EMPHASIS ON LITTLE) help thrown in by the little people who actually work and labor for the house payments they haven't skipped out on like some ex-Kings. A. The Kings will make the playoffs next year (like the Knicks this year) due to free agent signings affordable via their current low salary commitments. B. The crowds will show for a competitive product C. Any attempts to get local governments who are BROKE to build a HALF BILLION DOLLAR PLAYHOUSE will be trounced unless the brothers get their act together and sign a pre-nup that guarantees taxpayers aren't left holding a sweaty practice towel and empty water bottle. I'm glad they're staying. That's cool. Now earn my trust. I bought season tix once upon a time and I'll do it again when I can afford it. Just earn it. I'll even help where I can, but this is the Maloof's dollar to earn if they show me they deserve it.

Since: May 30, 2008
Posted on: May 2, 2011 1:29 pm

Kings staying, won't file for relocation

Build an arena?  So we can support a gangster and a big man with a big bad attitude?  The Maloofs are spoiled rich kids who didn't learn anything about business while they were snorting their daddy's inheritance throughout their twenties.  They sold the Rockets right before the biggest boom in NBA history...They have more outstanding debt than the U.S. Treasury....

Since: Feb 21, 2007
Posted on: May 2, 2011 12:33 pm

Kings staying, won't file for relocation

They would be losing in Anaheim too P-cat!And, they've been used to losing for years... were only good when my man Rick A. was the coach.Wish he were still the Rockets coach, but i know he wants to win now.

Since: Mar 10, 2007
Posted on: May 2, 2011 12:22 pm

Kings staying, won't file for relocation

Another year of losing basketball....enjoy!

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