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DerekRE_3
04-21-2011, 01:11 AM
From Sam Amick of Sports Illustrated (he's the definition of credible sports journalism)


This isn't a half-court shot for Kevin Johnson, the former NBA player turned Sacramento mayor who's running point in his city's attempt to save their Kings. It's one of those shots from the old McDonald's commercials featuring Michael Jordan and Larry Bird: "Off the expressway, over the river, off the billboard, through the window, off the wall, nothing but net."

Johnson's full-court heave hasn't found net just yet, but it's becoming quite clear that the city of Anaheim should hold off on that first bite into the celebratory Big Mac.

While the outcome is far from certain here, there are strong indications that the Maloof family, which owns the Kings, is facing enough opposition to the move to force them back to Sacramento. They have already been pushed into two overtimes, as the original April 18 deadline to file for relocation was extended twice and now sits at May 2.

The next two days are pivotal, as Johnson will host relocation committee chairman and Oklahoma City Thunder owner, Clay Bennett, and league counsel, Harvey Benjamin, in Sacramento and attempt to prove the case the mayor made so strongly at the NBA's Board of Governors meetings last week: that his city remains a viable market. On the other bench, sources say the Anaheim presentation given at the meetings was as ineffective as Johnson's was impactful, and there is serious doubt as to whether there will be enough support to warrant the Maloofs filing for relocation (a majority vote is needed to approve a move when a team files).

Specifically, a source with knowledge of the proposal revealed that the television rights riches that had long been seen as a major motivating factor for the Maloofs aren't quite as lucrative as they had hoped. And while it had been assumed they would attempt to fill the programming void left by the Lakers at Fox Sports West due to their recent mega-deal with Time Warner that starts in 2012, two sources said that is not the case.

The plan as presented in New York included a possible partnership worth $20 million annually with KDOC, an Orange County-based, independent television station that is co-owned by the very man working so hard to make this move happen. Anaheim Ducks owner Henry Samueli, who operates the Honda Center where the Maloofs' team would play and has already committed $50 million through city bonds to help cover their cost of relocation, reportedly teamed with Bert Ellis to pay $149.5 million for the station in 2006.

The length of the deal is not known, and it might merely be a stopgap solution to bridge the gap between now and the Lakers' eventual departure from Fox Sports West in 2012. Nonetheless, the fact that preliminary discussions with the more-prominent cable provider went nowhere and paved the way for a partnership on a lesser platform is certainly surprising.

It would certainly help explain the perceived concern among some of the league's owners over the nature of the Samueli-Maloof partnership, with league commissioner David Stern making it clear after the Board of Governors meetings that part of the incentive for extending the deadline was to investigate the Anaheim situation further while also discussing possible scenarios in Sacramento. Stern hinted at the television component as well.

"It was a discussion of certain areas having to do with the contractual relationship between Mr. Samueli's organization and the Kings, having to do with the building, having to do [with] television revenue," he said.

The NBA has to approve all media deals for its teams, and the $20 million figure would hardly impress those doing the vetting considering the league-wide average is also believed to be $20 million and the Los Angeles area media market is the second largest in the country.
Gavin and Joe Maloof, owners of the Kings, have faced such strong opposition with the move that they may be forced to stay in Sacramento.
Gavin and Joe Maloof, owners of the Kings, have faced such strong opposition with the move that they may be forced to stay in Sacramento.
Rocky Widner/NBAE via Getty Images

By comparison, the Kings' current deal with Comcast is believed to be worth approximately $11 million annually, not much more than the league-low of $9 million annual agreement for the Charlotte Bobcats. The Clippers' television contract with Fox Sports West is, according to sources, worth $22.5 million annually (although renegotiations are expected considering the team's increased relevance) and the Lakers' Time Warner deal is believed to be worth $200 million annually (potentially 25 years and a combined $5 billion).

The math, in other words, just isn't adding up like the Maloofs had hoped. And while the complications continue in Anaheim, optimism is on the rise in Sacramento.

By all accounts, Johnson was nothing short of spectacular in his presentation. He revealed $7 million in recent corporate commitments as a sign that there was untapped wealth in the area, leading to natural questions about why such contributions weren't available previously.

He informed the board that Sacramento would become the only top-20 media market without a professional team should the Kings leave, and reminded them that the team had consistent sellouts in 19 of the 26 seasons they'd been in town. With the lack of an adequate arena continuing to be the problem that must be solved in Sacramento, he must now help the league understand why -- in conjunction with the ICON Venue Group that is in the process of creating a feasibility study -- he believes a deal can finally get done on that front.

There were internal signs that the league is taking Sacramento seriously this week, as two sources said an NBA representative called on Monday to advise the Kings' business team to prepare the season-ticket packages and corporate sponsorship plans that had been on hold since rumors of the move were legitimized in February. Team employees had been in a holding pattern for months, but they were told to be ready to deliver the goods to their customers in the coming weeks should a happy ending be on the horizon. There was similar movement in other areas of the organization, with the notion of a Kings return suddenly seeming somewhere between possible and probable.

Relocation bids aren't supposed to go like this, at least if history was to be believed. The frustrated owner is supposed to make the intentions known to the NBA's Board of Governors, then promptly be given a Get Out Jail Free card in the form of an overwhelming approval like the one that was, most recently, granted to the Vancouver (now Memphis) and Seattle (now Oklahoma City).

But Johnson's shot still hangs in the balance, having caromed off the expressway and over the river and even the billboard. The window of opportunity is next, then the wall and maybe even the net.

The most unlikliest of comebacks continues. Hold on to your burgers.

Source: Sports Illustrated (http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2011/writers/sam_amick/04/20/sacramento.kings/index.html?eref=twitter_feed)

210Don
04-21-2011, 01:14 AM
thats good

tyfreaks brotha
04-21-2011, 01:17 AM
Please let it be true

Rego247
04-21-2011, 01:21 AM
Please let it be true

this.

**** that royals bs.

SA5195
04-21-2011, 01:22 AM
Hope they stay in SAC

John Walls Era
04-21-2011, 01:23 AM
I'm all for the Kings staying, but tbh I wouldn't mind seeing Cali lose a few teams. Moving Kings to Anaheim is stupid.

tyfreaks brotha
04-21-2011, 01:24 AM
this.

**** that royals bs.

:cheers:

ULT WARRIOR408
04-21-2011, 01:26 AM
More power to KJ...I would love to see the Kings stay.I just think things are all ready set & this court thing is just part of the regular motion of what we all know is inevitably gonna happen.I stay in Sac & I've grown to really like it in the 3 years I've been here but Anaheim is just a more attractive city to the NBA than Sacramento is.Maloofs have been rumored for years to be wanting to move them to Las Vegas,but the NBA wasn't having it.So they''ll move to southern Cali.

Baller1
04-21-2011, 01:34 AM
Go KJ! This would be awesome.

MJ-BULLS
04-21-2011, 01:38 AM
Excellent news. :clap:

I hope they stay, them moving to Anaheim is lame for the NBA.

hgtiger32
04-21-2011, 01:42 AM
good news

SP17
04-21-2011, 02:05 AM
Good news to hear..Hope they stay in Sacto.

wow...Lakers 200 million annualy as compared to 22 mil for clips... that is a lot of money..

knicks_champ
04-21-2011, 02:16 AM
Now everybody cares for Sacramento?

knicks_champ
04-21-2011, 02:19 AM
Excellent news. :clap:

I hope they stay, them moving to Anaheim is lame for the NBA.

How can you say that? Nobody knows how they will fair in Anaheim.

GoatMilk
04-21-2011, 02:38 AM
^it would probably be better for them free agency wise

kingbrentg
04-21-2011, 02:42 AM
I'm all for the Kings staying, but tbh I wouldn't mind seeing Cali lose a few teams. Moving Kings to Anaheim is stupid.

Yeah, I'd like a little more diversity to some other states.

ODdFUTUrE49
04-21-2011, 02:59 AM
Great news! If they stay hopefully the northern California rivalry can finally be sparked by both teams making it to the post season goddammit!...swaag

hyb152
04-21-2011, 04:52 AM
The former NBA all star for the Phoenix Suns... Mayor Kevin Johnson!!! That would be quite the story if the former olympian gold medalist can save an NBA franchise that desperately needs the Sacramento fans

hyb152
04-21-2011, 04:52 AM
Great news! If they stay hopefully the northern California rivalry can finally be sparked by both teams making it to the post season goddammit!...swaag

#ThankYouBasedGod

Lakers + Giants
04-21-2011, 12:50 PM
^it would probably be better for them free agency wise

Exactly, move to anaheim and attract FAs or Stay in Sac and continue to suck. :shrug:

tyfreaks brotha
04-21-2011, 05:15 PM
Now everybody cares for Sacramento?

Thanks 4 ya support

tyfreaks brotha
04-21-2011, 06:57 PM
The Mayor and NBA delegation are meeting this moment for a new arena in Sacramento
According to mayor Johnson were staying :cheers::faint::dance2::phew::clap:

gilly
04-21-2011, 07:37 PM
Cali has too many teams, move the Kings or the Clips to Seattle! The Clippers preferably, they have little history in LA and a cool young team to wear green and gold.

ULT WARRIOR408
04-21-2011, 07:44 PM
The Mayor and NBA delegation are meeting this moment for a new arena in Sacramento
According to mayor Johnson were staying :cheers::faint::dance2::phew::clap:

Are you sure?Because I'm out here in Sac & I haven't heard nothing about that.:no:

tyfreaks brotha
04-21-2011, 07:58 PM
Are you sure?Because I'm out here in Sac & I haven't heard nothing about that.:no:

I'm not sure, but I got it from this dude who follows kings 24/7 and lives there. At the least Johnson & NBA delegation have met. I'm sure it could have legs to it.

tyfreaks brotha
04-21-2011, 07:58 PM
I don't have a link though

tyfreaks brotha
04-21-2011, 07:59 PM
No its not a final decision but nearly. We got it.

ULT WARRIOR408
04-21-2011, 08:42 PM
No its not a final decision but nearly. We got it.

I heard that mayor KJ met with NBA reps & both sides agreed to have another meeting sometime next weekto converse about getting a arena & so KJ can give 1 last plea on why the kings should stay in Sacramento.:smoking:

The Senator
04-22-2011, 01:07 AM
Here's hoping Sac can pull this off.

NBA-GMaster
04-22-2011, 01:57 AM
Hooray!! I wish the clippers will move out from LA..