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: February 20, 2011 3:14 am

Stern acknowledges Kings have discussed Anaheim

David Stern acknowledges talks between Anaheim and Kings
Posted by Matt Moore

In his comments to the press Saturday night before the All-Star activities, commisioner David Stern acknowledged that the Kings are in discussions with Anaheim officials to relocate the team. The comments from Stern confirmed an earlier report from KFBK in Sacramento that Anaheim Ducks owner Henry Samueli had offered a $100 million loan for the Maloof in exchange for the Kings' relocation. At the time, the interest was thought to be primarily from Samueli.

But ESPN later reported Saturday night that the Maloofs are "seriously considering" applying for relocation on March 1st. That, in essence, would be the ballgame. 

The city of Sacramento has failed in about ten different ways to approve funding for a new arena to replace Arco Arena, which is considered more of a tomb than an arena at this point. It's a struggling economy in a small market, and mayor Kevin Johnson is at his wits' end trying to come up with a solution to keep the Kings in Sactown. If the Maloofs decide to file for relocation in eight days, it's over. No more initiatives, no more discussions. The NBA owners will approve, the Kings will take the money and run.

This is a huge moment for the league in terms of its future in market relations. Big name players are abandoning their teams for brighter lights and bigger payrolls.  Small market teams are bleeding money.  Revenue sharing is the key debate in the union-owners talks. And Sacramento, home to one fo the most passionate fanbases in the NBA, may lose its team. If something isn't done, soon, the league's not going to have any small markets left. 

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