Tag:Anaheim Royals
Posted on: March 24, 2011 10:03 am
Edited on: March 24, 2011 10:38 am

New plan to keep Kings in Sacramento emerges?

Report states a new arena plan to keep the Kings in Sacramento has surfaced, will be brought to Kings ownership. 
Posted by Matt Moore

Fox 40 in Sacramento reports that it's no longer inevitable that the Kings move to Anaheim. A new plan has been formulated which could keep the team in Sacramento, if the Maloofs approve. Most importantly, the money is there. 
FOX40 Sports Director Jim Crandell told FOX40.com, "I know the specifics, but I cannot share the details yet, because it could jeopardize a very sensitive discussion that is about to take place." 
Crandell did confirm that the alternative plan does include a funding source, and that, "...the money is in place."
via New Plan Could be Gamechanger for Sacramento Kings and Keep Them from Becoming the Anaheim Royals - KTXL.

It would be a huge step up for civic leadership to bring anything outside the box in order to keep the team in Sacramento. So far they've been ineffective, poorly organized, and seemingly accepting of the inevitable move to Anaheim. The fact that the money is there is a huge element in this. Not having to come up with funding is a game changer for both the city and ownership. 

If the report is accurate, it's now up to the Maloofs. And in that instance, the league needs to also check in on the proposal. Why? To make sure the Maloofs act in good faith towards keeping the team in the city. The league can't afford to keep burning bridges across the country like they did in Seattle. 
Posted on: March 23, 2011 10:50 am

The Anaheim situation

As the mayor discusses the "slow death" of the Kings in Sacramento, Anaheim faces budget questions about renovations to the Honda Center to facilitate a relocation.
Posted by Matt Moore

This is becoming less of a fight for fans to keep the team they love and more a funeral dirge. Tuesday night Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson posted on his website comments that sound very much like a surrender regarding the Kings' prospective relocation to Anaheim: 
It feels like a slow death.

From the start of the saga that may soon close the Kings’ era in Sacramento, I have said the community should focus on what it can control, and not worry about decisions that are out of our hands.

The decision to move a business – let’s not forget, the Kings are a business – rests with the owners. We can talk and do our best to persuade, but in the end, the choice to relocate belongs to the people who own the team.

Of course, none of this makes it any easier to watch the steady drip of what will likely be the Kings’ final weeks in Sacramento after 26 years.


Meantime, Sacramento fans take the high road.

Thanks to the fans and groups like Here We Stay, I want to keep fighting to keep the Kings. But another part of me wants this painful drama to end.
via Watching Kings prepare to leave is like slow death > kevinjohnson.com > Kevin's Blog.

Not exactly words of comfort. Even as fans organize rallies and events to try and plea to the Kings, the NBA, the Basketball Gods, someone to keep their team in Sactown, civic leadership is starting to try and prepare the fanbase for the death of the team as they know it. Johnson followed up the comments by talking about the future and the possibility of a new team. But that's too bitter a pill for the fans to consider swallowing. So instead they debate boycots and try and deal with the realities of the situation.

Meanwhile, Anaheim Mayor Tom Tait spoke at a city council meeting Tuesday night and was downright giddy about the prospect of acquiring the Kings and the progress in that area. 
"The good news is that we are continuing to move closer to bringing a professional basketball team to Anaheim," Tait said. "Because there are ongoing discussions and negotiations, I have just a few details to share tonight. More information will be forthcoming in the next week or so."
via Anaheim mayor says city 'closer' to getting Kings | council, kin - News - The Orange County Register.

Perhaps the only good news for Sacramento fans is that the Anahaeim city council voted to delay discussion of bond funding for arena improvements necessary for an NBA team to relocate to the Honda Center. And there are citizens who are very upset at the prospect of throwing money at renovations for an NBA team with a budget crisis.  Sacramento fans' best hope to keep the team is for the process of aligning relocation prospects to drag on past the April 18th deadline for the Maloofs to file for relocation, keeping the team in the city for another year, and providing civic leadership yet another opportunity to resolve a new arena plan. 

But at this point, that's not seeming likely. The wheels are moving, even if the gears are grinding in places. Sacramento fans have nothing they can do but sit and watch as the team is torn out from underneath them. 

If it feels like watching a death, that's because it is. 

From the comments section at Sactown Royalty:
I will be a casual NBA fan from now on. I could never care about another team the way I've cared about this one.
via A Quick Word On Efforts To Boycott A Game - Sactown Royalty.

Welcome to David Stern's NBA paradise, where the NBA cares about its fans, as long as you live in a suitably large market. 
Posted on: March 21, 2011 9:15 am
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Posted on: March 21, 2011 9:15 am

Kings face boycott over Anaheim relocation

A Sacramento man is encouraging fans to boycott Kings games because the franchise might relocate to Anaheim. Posted by Ben Golliver. maloofs

Day by day, the Sacramento Kings' potential relocation to Anaheim gets uglier and uglier. 

The latest turn features a direct backlash to the team's ownership group, the Maloof family, as News10.net reports that a Sacramento man is calling on the team's fans to boycott an upcoming game as retribution for the team's relocation plans.
Doug Elmets of Elmets Communications is urging fans to boycott the April 1 game against the Denver Nuggets. Playing off the earlier campaign waged by loyal fans called "Here We Stay," Elmets is calling his boycott "There They Go."
"Every indication is that the Kings are going to be leaving. And why should we, in the final few games, be rewarding the Maloofs by putting more money in their pocket and selling out these games," Elmets asks.
"Let's take one game, one game only -- the one that is most appropriately on April 1, April Fools Day, and boycott that game," he suggested.
The Kings, who have already been eliminated from the playoffs, host the Denver Nuggets on April 1. 

The folks in the "Here We Stay" movement would counter Elmets' argument by saying that hope still exists, despite all the warning signs. One possible snag in the relocation effort, SacTown Royalty notes, surrounds a possible delay in renovation funding for Anaheim's Honda Center, something that would be necessary for an NBA team such as the Kings to play there.

The boycott concept really isn't all that logical here, at least not yet. There is plenty of time for spite and anger should the Kings finally decide to relocate. A deal isn't done until it's all the way done, and, unfortunately, its the Maloofs' team so they hold all the cards. The "Here We Stay" campaign has made so much sense because it appeals to basic emotional concepts -- loyalty, family, shared history -- that have the potential to change someone's opinion even if doing so isn't in their financial best interest. A boycott only encourages a dismissive response.

In other words, continue to hold out hope, Kings fans, as long as hope still exists. 

h/t: HoopsHype
Posted on: March 16, 2011 11:20 pm
Edited on: March 17, 2011 12:35 am

Sacramento Kings trademark Anaheim Royals name

The Sacramento Kings have reportedly reserved new franchises names in case they relocate. Posted by Ben Golliver. maloofs

It's been nothing but bad news for fans of the Sacramento Kings lately, as all signs point to the franchise relocating to Anaheim. 

Wednesday's news hit like a gut punch: News10.net reported that a lawyer representing the team's ownership group, the Maloof family, has filed the necessary paperwork to reserve multiple names for the franchise in the event it relocates to Southern California. 
The United States Patent and Trademark Office received an application on March 3 by a Nevada corporation seeking the exclusive right to use the name "Los Angeles Royals."
Another application filed the same day reserves the name "Anaheim Royals." The city of Anaheim, which owns the Honda Center, has reportedly insisted that any team playing there carry the city's name.

The web domains losangelesroyals.com and anaheimroyals.com have also been registered within the past three weeks.
The Sacramento Bee also reported the filings.

This is a common, and necessary, legal step during a relocation effort, and it's not usually undertaken unless the ownership group is serious about a potential move.

During the former Seattle Supersonics' transition to Oklahoma City, website domain registration information was cited in the first reports of the franchise's name.

It's worth noting that the "Kings" team name is already taken in Southern California because the National Hockey League's L.A. Kings have been in existence since the 1960s. As for the Royals moniker, it dates back to the days before the Kings franchise settled in Sacramento, as the team had previously been called the Rochester Royals, Cincinnati Royals and Kansas City Kings.

In other words, this just got even more serious, folks. A report regarding the Kings' applications for the new names drew nearly 200 comments in less than four hours on Kings blog SacTownRoyalty.com. As many fans noted, the Kings recently played in throwback jerseys that bore the name "Royals." Brutal.
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