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  1. Sacramento approves new Kings arena in final vote

    May 21, 2014, 1:38 AM EDT

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    Sacramento’s City Council approval was the last hurdle for an arena approval in Sacramento. The Kings are staying put for a long time.

  2. Kevin Johnson not interested in NBPA job, but he would be the best man for the job

    Apr 27, 2014, 9:14 PM EDT

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    There have been calls for Johnson to take the job, but he has other goals.

  3. Owners to postpone vote on Kings fate, nothing this week

    Apr 16, 2013, 6:24 PM EDT

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    And the anguish of waiting for Sacramento and Seattle fans will go on. And on. The NBA Board of Governors (the owners) will meet this Thursday and Friday in New York and while they will discuss in some detail the proposed sale of the Kings to a Seattle group with plans to move the team…

  4. Future of NBA arena subsidies, market comparisons to decide Kings’ fate

    Mar 4, 2013, 11:37 PM EDT

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    As Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson has been advertising for the past month, we did indeed get confirmation of the identity of his ‘whales’ at his State of the City address on Thursday. Reiterating parts of his four-part plan that included bringing together a local ownership group, finding big equity investors (whales), putting together a downtown…

  5. Lawsuits in Seattle give Sacramento head start in race to approve an arena

    Feb 22, 2013, 4:08 PM EDT

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    The question of which city, Sacramento or Seattle, is ahead in the race to bring the NBA a brand new arena attached to a shiny new public subsidy is unclear at this time, but sources with intimate knowledge of the situation tell PBT that so long as Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson delivers on his promises…

  6. History of public subsidy support could be key issue in Sacramento Kings’ future

    Feb 20, 2013, 3:11 PM EDT

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    It’s no secret that public funds for arenas make the NBA world go round. Seattle lost their Sonics because politicians did not want to play ball, right or wrong, and to top matters off they openly admonished David Stern and the NBA during the critical days and months that determined the Sonics’ fate. The past…

  7. Sacramento mayor Kevin Johnson lays out framework for Kings to stay put

    Jan 15, 2013, 3:03 PM EDT

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    With reports swirling that the Kings’ move to Seattle is a mere formality at this point, the story on the ground in Sacramento is much, much different. In the end, this story comes down to three things: 1. Can Seattle’s Chris Hansen close a deal with the Maloofs to buy the Kings? (According to reports,…

  8. NBA owners forced to choose between Maloofs and Sacramento in remake of Major League

    Dec 5, 2012, 7:55 AM EDT

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    Every good story needs a villain, but the NBA probably doesn’t want to remake the movie Major League in order to sell its product. Indeed, George Maloof and his brothers have done their best Rachel Phelps impression, complete with bottom-four payrolls over the past four seasons and little-to-no improvement to the franchise whatsoever. In the…

  9. Will Seattle billionaire Chris Hansen drastically overpay for the Sacramento Kings?

    Sep 11, 2012, 5:26 PM EDT

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    News of billionaire Chris Hansen striking a deal with the Seattle City Council hit the wire late Monday night, as the sides have agreed to a framework on an arena deal that moves them a few smaller hurdles away from becoming an NBA-ready city (courtesy of Chris Daniels of King 5 in Seattle). In a…

  10. In depth: Stern fires shot across the bow at the Maloofs, who continue to threaten the NBA’s billion dollar arena subsidy

    Jun 13, 2012, 2:56 PM EDT

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    A meticulous planner, everything David Stern says is run through a filter of lawyerly instinct and an ever-present awareness of his surroundings. So when David Aldridge asked him if the NBA would support the Maloofs in their desire to move the Sacramento Kings to Anaheim on Tuesday – don’t think for a second that he…

  11. Mayor Kevin Johnson talks about meeting with Maloofs to try and raise arena deal from the dead

    Apr 21, 2012, 9:00 AM EDT

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    The drama continues in Sacramento as a late-week meeting between Kevin Johnson and the Maloof family re-opens discussions on a solution for the Kings to stay in their home. Mayor Kevin Johnson spoke with reporters prior to the King’s game against the Thunder, and spoke of how he reached out to set up the meeting,…

  12. Kevin Johnson to Maloofs: There will be no negotiations during critical Friday meeting

    Apr 13, 2012, 8:58 AM EDT

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    I wrote on Thursday about the recent developments in the Sacramento Kings arena situation, and namely the Maloofs’ recent actions that amount to a legal full court press designed to land the franchise in Anaheim. The quick and dirty to catch you up is this – the Maloofs, Sacramento, AEG, and the NBA came to…

  13. Report: Maloofs pitching against Sacramento at NBA Board of Governors meeting

    Apr 12, 2012, 3:46 PM EDT

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    Here we go all over again. It was around this time last year that the Maloofs stormed angrily out of the NBA’s Board of Governor’s meetings, rejected and dejected after they were told they couldn’t go to Disneyland. Today, they returned to New York to pitch the idea that they were somehow wronged during the…

  14. Sacramento City Council passes most important vote to keep Kings in town

    Mar 7, 2012, 3:07 AM EDT

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    I interviewed Carmichael Dave, the person most synonymous with Sacramento’s grassroots effort to keep their basketball team, way back on April 5, 2011. The Kings were all-but gone by most accounts, and I asked Dave what he thought the Kings’ chances of leaving were. “90-10.” It turns out that he might have been a bit…

  15. There they stay: Framework in place to keep Kings in Sacramento

    Feb 27, 2012, 1:55 PM EDT

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    Much regarding the basketball future of the Sacramento Kings remains up in the air, but this particular Monday brought an unequaled security to the franchise, its city, and the Kings’ legions of ardent fans. According to Sam Amick of SI.com, the Monday meeting held to discuss arena funding plans in Sacramento has produced the “framework…

  16. Maloofs say that they will be flexible with March 1 arena deadline

    Dec 15, 2011, 10:20 PM EDT

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    We expect the Sacramento Kings arena news to pick up now that we’re about three months away from the March 1 deadline for the city to have funding in place. That deadline has put Kevin Johnson and his Think Big Sacramento effort on a tight, tight schedule, but so far they appear to be on…

  17. New documentary tracks effort to keep Kings in Sacramento

    Oct 26, 2011, 8:42 AM EDT

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    A team of bloggers — more importantly, a team of Kings fans — has started to make a documentary about the effort to keep the Kings in Sacramento. A documentary that talks to everyone: The Kings broadcast team, former team officials, Mayor Kevin Johnson, and fans. Okay, it doesn’t talk to the Maloofs, but they…

  18. NBA doing the Maloofs’ talking for them

    Oct 6, 2011, 9:52 AM EDT

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    The Maloofs’ relationship with Sacramento is decidedly love-hate. When the Kings were winning and Joe and Gavin were plastered on TV during games, Sacramentans were ready to propose. But it’s funny how life works — the team started losing and (gulp) started asking the city of Sacramento for money, and everything has been downhill since.…

  19. AEG acknowledges interest in Sacramento Entertainment and Sports Complex

    Sep 27, 2011, 8:28 AM EDT

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    It wasn’t a matter of if, it was when. Anschutz Entertainment Group, known better as the stadium and arena operations giant AEG, acknowledged for the first time Friday that they might provide “assistance” to Sacramento mayor Kevin Johnson and the Think Big Sacramento coalition in their quest for an arena, according to the Sac Bee.…

  20. Kevin Johnson to run for re-election as Sacramento mayor

    Sep 15, 2011, 12:29 PM EDT

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    Without Kevin Johnson, we would be talking about the Anaheim Royals right now, not the Sacramento Kings. The team would have been on the move. The former NBA player is the mayor of Sacramento and made an impassioned plea to league owners to give him a year to both rally community support and get plans…

  21. Kevin Johnson still busting it to keep Kings in Sacramento

    Sep 6, 2011, 2:06 PM EDT

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    While the NBA labor strife seems to suck the life out of all thins NBA, Mayor Kevin Johnson is trying hard to keep the NBA alive in Sacramento. By next March the city needs to have taken big steps toward building a new arena in Sacramento or the Kings are Anaheim bound. The biggest stumbling…

  22. Sacramento Kings arena funding plan to be released Sept. 8

    Aug 18, 2011, 1:11 AM EDT

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    We don’t know the specifics of how the city of Sacramento plans to pay for the proposed $387 million Entertainment and Sports Complex (ESC), but we do know when they plan to announce those plans. According to Ryan Lillis of the Sacramento Bee, a menu of funding options will be presented to the public on…

  23. Sacramento still looking for way to pay for new arena

    Jul 28, 2011, 10:30 PM EDT

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    While the lockout has stopped Sacramento Kings Jimmermania marketing efforts — they can’t even talk about the guy, let alone show him off all over town — it has not stopped the drive to get a new arena built. It can’t, the deadline has not changed. If by next March the NBA owners are not…

  24. Kings Arena Update: Kevin Johnson working with Ron Burkle’s right hand man

    Jun 17, 2011, 5:55 PM EDT

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    The Sacramento Kings arena saga took an interesting turn on Wednesday when it was announced that the Maloof family had given up majority ownership of the Palms Casino after a “recapitalization agreement” with their main creditors, TPG Capital and Leonard Green and Partners. The deal reduces the Maloof’s ownership from about 80 percent to 10-20…

  25. Mayor Kevin Johnson to represent Kings at draft lottery

    May 11, 2011, 9:51 AM EDT

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    Next Tuesday the Kryie Irving lottery takes place in Secaucus New Jersey. Some people call it the NBA Draft Lottery, which will determine the draft order for the league. But really this year it’s about Irving or getting a future role player. The Sacramento Kings have an 8.8 percent chance of landing the top prize…

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