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Ridiculous report of Kings to Virginia Beach out there

Aug 23, 2012, 2:55 PM EDT

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The Sacramento Kings are not moving to Virginia Beach.

We’ll start there then go to the reports that started the whole Internet buzz on Thursday.

Next week a group of business leaders in the Virginia City area will make a pitch to their City Council about starting the process to build a new arena in that city, reports the Virginian-Pilot. The kind of arena that would house an NBA team. Good for them, dreaming big.

You can bet one of those people reached out to the Kings ownership — the Maloof family — as a preliminary feeler. From there things seemed to spiral out of control and well away from logic.

Business Insider — a publication based out of Virginia — wrote a story saying about the effort to build a stadium and adding the Sacramento Kings were part of the effort and seemed willing to move across the country to the Virginia Beach/Norfolk market.

The owners of the Sacramento Kings, an NBA franchise, and officials from Philadelphia-based Comcast-Spectacor are expected to be in Virginia Beach Tuesday to propose moving the team to the resort city and for Comcast to help build and lease a new pro sports arena.

Media giant Comcast will guarantee a 25-year lease on a new arena, supposedly for naming rights and for broadcasting the games, sources said. Comcast owns NBC and Global Spectrum, which operates arenas and stadiums across the country including the Ted Constant Convocation Center at Old Dominion University.

City officials and the Maloof family are expected to announce Wednesday that the Kings will land in Virginia Beach, sources said.

Here is part of the litany of problems with this concept:

• No source of any substance anywhere thinks this is happening. That includes sources in Sacramento.

• The Maloofs are looking for a partner right now, someone who will pay for a new arena but leave them with majority control of the team. Good luck with that, by the way. But that is not what is proposed here.

• Any move of the Kings will have to be approved by other NBA owners, most of whom are not thrilled with how the Maloofs have handled the situation in Sacramento. Let’s just say right now there is not a lot of good will out there to help the Maloofs out and get them to another market around the league.

• Virginia Beach/Norfolk is the 43rd largest television market in the nation, much smaller than the greater Sacramento area (20th largest). It would be the third smallest television market for an NBA team, ahead of only Oklahoma City and New Orleans. To be fair, the NBA will move teams to smaller markets (Seattle to Oklahoma City) but it is not the preferred move by owners.

• They are talking about the feasibility of building a new arena. Anybody who has followed what it takes to get an arena built knows that from feasibility to open doors it is about four years if everything goes smoothly. And things never go smoothly. So think five or six years from now before this new home opens. That is behind the pace of proposed projects in Seattle, and well behind things like the already built and open Sprint Center in Kansas City. Or even the already built arena in Anaheim the Maloofs are already eyeing.

• Which is to say, even if Virginia Beach builds an arena it’s unlikely the Kings will be in it.

• For the record, I have had no contact with anyone from Comcast or NBC about this story.

  1. AlohaMrHand - Aug 23, 2012 at 2:59 PM

    This came out of left field.Also isn’t Virginia beach considered the Wizards market anyways?I agree they aren’t leaving for va beach let alone the state of California

  2. gmsalpha - Aug 23, 2012 at 3:17 PM

    Breaking: The Sacramento Kings are moving to

  3. rwpsych16 - Aug 23, 2012 at 3:46 PM

    I heard they are moving to the SEC and are projected to finish 3rd this year. The ACC turned them down.

  4. tomtravis76 - Aug 23, 2012 at 3:56 PM

    The Squires are coming back? Lots of pro athletes are from the VA beach area. Big transient military area. VA Beach and the OBX are great destinations. They could support an NBA team.

  5. rajbais - Aug 23, 2012 at 3:58 PM

    You might as well have picked Atlantic City at the Convention Hall.

    The Sixers will be playing there during the preseason this year.

  6. rwpsych16 - Aug 23, 2012 at 4:06 PM

    Just get this team out of the Maloofs hands! Bad owners, a bad GM, and no money to spend equals a bad team.

  7. lionsfan415 - Aug 23, 2012 at 4:19 PM

    The Kings should come back to KC, the name already makes sense the Kansas City Kings has an awesome sound to it and the Sprint Center is an awesome venue, I live in Overland Park and would love for an NBA team to come here. They would go down in market size but KC is the 28th largest sports market thats better than 43rd and the fan base here would love them especially with T Rob on the Kings, I go to Royals games whenever the Tigers are in town and Im surprised the crowds Kauffman gets with how crappy the team is, i think the KC would provide a college like atmosphere that OKC has plus some.

  8. unxpexted1 - Aug 23, 2012 at 4:53 PM

    VA Beach is my hometown and I’d love to see us get a team. may give me a reason to move back. That area deserves a pro team. Attendence would be through the roof.

  9. rockthered1286 - Aug 23, 2012 at 4:59 PM

    Cousins would be a star for the Virginia Beach Bums.

  10. ksctychiefs - Aug 23, 2012 at 5:40 PM

    the kings are moving to oakland!!!!……when the golden state warriors move across the bay bridge and become the ‘San Francisco Warriors’ in 5 years then the city of oakland will go calling on the kings to move down I-80 from sacramento to oakland…..great fan base in oakland!!……oh, wait…nevermind…….the nba probably has an agreement that no new team can come in behind the new ‘SF Warriors’….

  11. ufullpj - Aug 23, 2012 at 6:28 PM

    The sprint center in KC is nice, as is the whole power and light district. would love to see a team there.

  12. fugubeach - Aug 23, 2012 at 6:29 PM

    If they move they should move to San Fran

  13. jjordannba - Aug 23, 2012 at 6:30 PM

    I wish this would happen, we need a team in VA, also would this mean that the Kings would be an Eastern Conference team? Wouldn’t that disrupt the 15 teams on each coast’s balance. Anyways if the Kings were an Eastern team they could make the playoffs with ease.

    • jjordannba - Aug 23, 2012 at 11:32 PM

      Sorry Kings fans, I know you don’t want to hear it. But they would be better of on the East coast

  14. ndnut - Aug 23, 2012 at 11:53 PM

    Is San Jose a viable option? I dont know if there is an arena, but that would at least keep the team in NorCal. Wait! Can HP Pavilion support basketball? I am only assuming since I know hockey and arena football arenas can usually accommodate basketball fairly easily.

  15. bcjim - Aug 24, 2012 at 12:29 AM

    Lot of Navy stuff down there….They could rename them the virginia seamen,.lol

    Actually, I think it would be a decent location.

  16. helinhater - Aug 24, 2012 at 7:32 AM

    I understand why Kurt would write this article. On the surface, it makes sense to say what he said. But there are a couple points that should be made.

    Yes, Norfolk/Virginia Beach is the 43rd largest TV market. However, Richmond is the 57th or 58th biggest market, and is only an hour and a half away. Roanoke/Lynchburg is the 63rd largest market. All three of these markets would be in play for a Virginia-based team, especially if said team is billed as the Virginia Kings (or whatever) a la the Florida Panthers, Arizona Cardinals, Utah Jazz, Carolina Panthers. As in, this team could be a unique rarity for a state accustomed to having DC area sports teams shoved down their throats.

    Plus, they would be in a market/region that hasn’t been saturated by more decorated teams. Staying in Sacramento guarantees a 4th place finish in status in California. Even the Clippers have more cachet. In Virginia, they’d be alone.

    unlikely? Yes. Crazy? Not entirely.

  17. helinhater - Aug 24, 2012 at 3:44 PM

    Two thumbs down here. Two thumbs down on the other post.

    Same two people?

    ABSOLUTELY.

    Is one Kurt?

    Probably.

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