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Kings to relocate to Anaheim?

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The Sacramento Kings are seriously considering the possibility of applying to the NBA by the league's March 1 deadline for relocation to Anaheim for next season, according to sources with knowledge of the team's thinking.

The Kings haven't made a final decision, but sources said team officials have been in Orange County, Calif., this month to gather more first-hand data on the feasibility and potential obstacles involved in trying to move to Anaheim's Honda Center at season's end after a 26-season run in Sacramento and numerous failed attempts to secure the financing needed for the construction of a new modern arena.

NBA commissioner David Stern publicly confirmed for the first time Saturday night at his annual All-Star Weekend news conference that the Kings have had discussions with Anaheim officials about a possible move.

In a subsequent phone interview with ESPN.com, Kings co-owner Joe Maloof declined to discuss specifics but said: "We have to look at all of our options at this point. But we also want to concentrate on our team right now. Any of the arena stuff, we'll talk about that later."

Maloof also reiterated comments he's made to the Sacramento Bee newspaper about the Kings being approached by "many cities" besides Anaheim.

But sources close to the situation say, with no NBA-ready arena for the Kings to move into in the Maloofs' home base of Las Vegas, that Anaheim holds the greatest appeal to the Kings.

The Kings have been trying for nearly a decade to replace outdated Arco Arena (soon to be renamed Power Balance Pavilion) with a new revenue-generating building that would ensure they stay in a market that was once known as the home of one of the NBA's most fervent fan bases. That was before Sacramento's slide down the Western Conference standings.

The Kings are 13-40 this season and it will be their fifth straight season out of the playoffs after a run that took them to the brink of the NBA Finals in an unforgettable seven-game series with the Los Angeles Lakers in 2002.

But Stern, at his news conference, confirmed the league no longer has an active role in trying to keep the team in Sacramento after originally backing the efforts of Sacramento mayor Kevin Johnson -- the former star guard with the Phoenix Suns -- to find a solution to the arena issue.

"All I'll say is that we and they have tried very hard over the years to see whether a new building could be built, and with the collapse of the last attempt -- which took a few years, and several million dollars, on behalf of the league -- I said we are not going to spend any more time on that," Stern said. "That is for the Maloofs and the people of Sacramento.

"I don't know where that is right now. I mean, I do know -- I talk to Mayor Johnson from time to time in relation to the various projects he's engaged. But I'm not driving it and we'll see how it goes."

Among the issues that could dissuade the Kings from making the relocation request before next season's deadline in 10 days are the millions still owed by the Maloofs to the city of Sacramento in loans and the behind-the-scenes resistance they could potentially receive from the Lakers and Los Angeles Clippers.

The Kings would likely need favorable loan and lease terms in Anaheim to mitigate those financial obligations and the franchise might still face opposition from the Lakers and Clippers. Although those teams would only have one vote each -- and despite the fact franchise relocations in the NBA only require a 15-14 majority vote for approval from the league's other 29 teams -- it's certainly conceivable the Staples Center co-tenants would band together to try to rally support from other teams to oppose to a third NBA franchise moving into a building that sits roughly 30 miles away.

Officials at the Honda Center, according to the Bee, declined comment Friday when asked if they are in negotiations with the Kings.

The NBA's Board of Governors has the right to attach a relocation fee to any franchise move it approves, but such fees are distributed evenly among the league's other teams and wouldn't be paid directly to the Lakers and Clippers in the event of the Kings moving to Anaheim.

One league source, furthermore, reiterated that such relocation fees are "discretionary."

March 1, meanwhile, is not only the NBA's deadline for relocation applications for the 2011-12 season but also the day that Arco Arena's name officially changes to Power Balance Pavilion.

Yet it's believed that the naming-rights deal with Anaheim-based Power Balance is one of the least lucrative in league history because of the age of the building -- which opened in 1988 -- and the franchise's uncertain status in town.

The Kings and the Atlanta Hawks have each moved three times, more than any other NBA franchise. After originating as the Rochester Royals and moving to Cincinnati, the franchise became the Kansas City-Omaha Kings and then the Kansas City Kings before relocating to Sacramento.

Sacramento radio station KFBK (1530 AM) reported in January that Henry Samueli, owner of the NHL's Anaheim Ducks, has offered to loan $100 million to Joe and Gavin Maloof to pay off the requisite debts and fees to move the Kings into the Samueli-owned Honda Center.

http://sports.espn.go.com/los-angeles/nba/news/story?id=6140807

3 teams in the LA area eh?
http://www.49erswebzone.com/forum/thread.php?num=146633&page=36
Maybe it does need it's own thread.
  • Paul
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move them to Seattle
  • crzy
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The Clippers should move to San Diego, then I could see the Kings in Anaheim.
How the f**k is the Mayor going to be KJ, and he lets an NBA team walk away? If he wants to stick it to them for some old hatred (a la Harbaugh -- Sing already got his -- you'll see!) then that's one thing. Otherwise this makes no sense to me.
Can LA really support 3 basketball teams?
Please follow @DontGoKings and @HereWeStay on twitter. Please everyone, even if it's not your team it is VERY important to quite a few people in NorCal and to be honest if they leave I, as well as many other people, will be heart broken. PLEASE. If you can do anything to support them staying and a new arena in Sac, just do it. I dont care if you in Sac or LA or SF or Oakland or SJ or Oregon or Washington or Nevada or Mars. Just please, try to help us out here.
Originally posted by WillistheWall:
Please follow @DontGoKings and @HereWeStay on twitter. Please everyone, even if it's not your team it is VERY important to quite a few people in NorCal and to be honest if they leave I, as well as many other people, will be heart broken. PLEASE. If you can do anything to support them staying and a new arena in Sac, just do it. I dont care if you in Sac or LA or SF or Oakland or SJ or Oregon or Washington or Nevada or Mars. Just please, try to help us out here.

The Kings need to stay In Sacramento. How am I supposed to hate them if they're only some freeway exits away? But really, we don't need 3 teams in the same area.

Also, Sacramento fans have proven that if you put a half-decent product on the court, they will support their with as much passion as any team in the league. Just get them a new damn stadium.
The hockey team in LA is also named the Kings and have the same colors as the Sacramento Kings. The move shouldn't happen.
Originally posted by LAFortyNinerfan:
Originally posted by WillistheWall:
Please follow @DontGoKings and @HereWeStay on twitter. Please everyone, even if it's not your team it is VERY important to quite a few people in NorCal and to be honest if they leave I, as well as many other people, will be heart broken. PLEASE. If you can do anything to support them staying and a new arena in Sac, just do it. I dont care if you in Sac or LA or SF or Oakland or SJ or Oregon or Washington or Nevada or Mars. Just please, try to help us out here.

The Kings need to stay In Sacramento. How am I supposed to hate them if they're only some freeway exits away? But really, we don't need 3 teams in the same area.

Also, Sacramento fans have proven that if you put a half-decent product on the court, they will support their with as much passion as any team in the league. Just get them a new damn stadium.

My points exactly bro. It doesn't make sense to have 3 teams in the same market. But Sac needs to get a new stadium and they have drug their feet forever. A lot of people who live in Sac are stupid penny pinchers who are convinced any money available should be spent on teachers and police and firemen and things don't even really work that way. Sac needs to attract more business and more tourists and a new arena would do that, plus it would add construction jobs. Kings employ around 1000 people right now and I have heard that plenty of people who own restaurants get a lot more business on nights the Kings are playing, with most of those people struggling to stay afloat at the moment. So if you take away those 41 nights where they get extra revenue, those people will have their businesses most likely fold. So that is 2000 jobs potentially lost, plus many people from Chico/Redding/Tahoe who won't come to Sac anymore(like me for example).

Now that they have a mayor that doesn't have his head up his ass and a halfway decent city council they are working on it, but they need more time. Hopefully they get it. I really want this team to stay in Norcal, I have been a fan since I was like 9 years old so for the last 10 years and I will be absolutely crushed if they leave.
The Maloofs main objective is they want a new arena, so why are they moving the team to an arena that was built in 1993? Do they think it'll be easier to build a new arena in Anahiem?
Originally posted by WillistheWall:
Originally posted by LAFortyNinerfan:
Originally posted by WillistheWall:
Please follow @DontGoKings and @HereWeStay on twitter. Please everyone, even if it's not your team it is VERY important to quite a few people in NorCal and to be honest if they leave I, as well as many other people, will be heart broken. PLEASE. If you can do anything to support them staying and a new arena in Sac, just do it. I dont care if you in Sac or LA or SF or Oakland or SJ or Oregon or Washington or Nevada or Mars. Just please, try to help us out here.

The Kings need to stay In Sacramento. How am I supposed to hate them if they're only some freeway exits away? But really, we don't need 3 teams in the same area.

Also, Sacramento fans have proven that if you put a half-decent product on the court, they will support their with as much passion as any team in the league. Just get them a new damn stadium.

My points exactly bro. It doesn't make sense to have 3 teams in the same market. But Sac needs to get a new stadium and they have drug their feet forever. A lot of people who live in Sac are stupid penny pinchers who are convinced any money available should be spent on teachers and police and firemen and things don't even really work that way. Sac needs to attract more business and more tourists and a new arena would do that, plus it would add construction jobs. Kings employ around 1000 people right now and I have heard that plenty of people who own restaurants get a lot more business on nights the Kings are playing, with most of those people struggling to stay afloat at the moment. So if you take away those 41 nights where they get extra revenue, those people will have their businesses most likely fold. So that is 2000 jobs potentially lost, plus many people from Chico/Redding/Tahoe who won't come to Sac anymore(like me for example).

Now that they have a mayor that doesn't have his head up his ass and a halfway decent city council they are working on it, but they need more time. Hopefully they get it. I really want this team to stay in Norcal, I have been a fan since I was like 9 years old so for the last 10 years and I will be absolutely crushed if they leave.

Yeah I think this is a horrible idea. If you have a team in what's considered a small market by NBA standards, yet is able to get a strong fan base to support them, I'd think it's by far in the league's best interest to keep them there. The league should continue doing everything they can to keep the team there and try to do whatever they can to get a stadium built.

It makes absolutely no sense to move a team with a large fan base in a "small market" while place such as New Orleans have a superstar leading their team to the playoffs every year yet their team is playing in front of high school size crowds and not making any money for anyone. I'm not saying the Hornets or anyone else should be moved, I'm just saying if you're going to move a team, it shouldn't be from a place with a proven ability to generate revenue.
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Originally posted by zillabeast:
How the f**k is the Mayor going to be KJ, and he lets an NBA team walk away? If he wants to stick it to them for some old hatred (a la Harbaugh -- Sing already got his -- you'll see!) then that's one thing. Otherwise this makes no sense to me.

Unless he has $400 million in his bank account to build a new arena, there aint' s**t Kevin Johnson can do