Originally posted by SacRock14:
Sacramento petitioners heading to Anaheim to collect signatures - If they get 12,000 signatures, the recently passed $75 million bond to lure the Kings would have to go to a vote, which could delay the process.
Lakers, Jerry Buss, Phil Jackson strongly opposed to Kings relocation - The Lakers lose $500 million from their TV deal if another team moves into that market. Buss is apparently working hard behind the scenes to gather opposition to the move.
Phil Jackson: "I don't see any community, I don't care if it's Bombay with 25 million [people], being able to support three teams [in the same market]...It makes it very difficult in our community and our television area to do that kind of a thing. It will hurt all the franchises....
It's small markets vs. large markets. Are the large markets willing to have another team move in and share their community? Chicago, New York City? [New York] is going to have a Brooklyn franchise now [starting in the 2012-13 season] instead of New Jersey. So that's inside the subway system. Philadelphia, another major city, another sized city like that, or cities in big metropolitan areas. Dallas, Houston? So it has to affect the major cities that have a monopoly, the top 12 markets....
The [Kings'] fans, I think, were No. 1 in the league [in the early 2000s]. And so it's really kind of disheartening to see a team that's played that well and a town that's supported it that well to not be able to continue, and to have to pull the plug or do whatever they might do come April as opposed to maybe going another direction."
(If Phil and the Lakers work some kind of miracle and help us stay in Sac, I would bury some of my hatred for that team . Some fans are already talking about giving him an ovation when he's introduced before Wednesday's game.)
He's saying that because the more money his father in law makes the more money he can get paid.