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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. Bucks owner Herb Kohl seeking new investors to keep the team in Milwaukee

    Dec 16, 2013, 3:59 PM EDT

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    Bucks fans will spend the next 2-3 years looking over their shoulders at Seattle, and that’s because they’re in jeopardy of losing their basketball team should owner Herb Kohl fail at securing a new NBA-approved arena. For small and mid-markets, having a state-of-the-art arena to maximize revenues is a requirement and any city that isn’t…

  4. Steve Ballmer “on a rampage,” playing Russian Roulette with Seattle’s NBA future

    May 14, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

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    It has been said throughout the Sacramento Kings saga that the presence of Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer in Seattle’s ownership team has been a big plus as they seek to buy and relocate the team. Worth $15 billion according to Forbes and ranked No. 51 on its billionaire list, he and Chris Hansen were called…

  5. Report: Maloofs want NHL or MLB team, so they will sell to Sacramento if Seattle deal dies

    Apr 12, 2013, 1:11 PM EDT

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    The Maloof family — the owners of the Sacramento Kings still — were in the room with the Seattle group trying to buy the team when they made their pitch to a committee of owners last week. How much that really helped the Seattle group is up for debate — the one thing everybody on…

  6. Who’s winning the race to open a new Kings arena?

    Apr 3, 2013, 2:01 PM EDT

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    While Sacramento’s fight to keep their Kings could extend all the way to the NBA’s Board of Governors meeting on April 18-19, this week will prove pivotal as both Sacramento and Seattle are set to give their best pitch to the BOG’s joint committees tasked with reviewing the matter today in New York. League insiders…

  7. Comparing markets, attendance and ownership in Sacramento and Seattle

    Mar 9, 2013, 9:00 PM EDT

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    We’ve discussed the issues that will determine whether or not the Sacramento Kings stay in California’s capitol or go to Seattle, including the impact of public subsidy support in both cities, the race between the two cities for an arena deal, and what lawsuits pending in Seattle mean to the process. Next we take a…

  8. 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…

  9. 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…

  10. 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…

  11. David Stern sets the stage for final leg of the Sacramento Kings saga

    Feb 19, 2013, 5:44 PM EDT

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    There is a lot to understand when it comes to the potential sale of Sacramento Kings.  As NBA commissioner David Stern laid out Saturday, the 29 owners deciding the Kings’ future home face a complex story involving a great ownership group in Seattle and a compelling story out of Sacramento. Seattle’s ownership group already has…

  12. Kings ownership documents reveal major potential stumbling blocks for Seattle

    Feb 4, 2013, 11:43 PM EDT

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    CORRECTION:  February 8, 2013 An earlier version of this post incorrectly referred to a May 2003 document as an addendum to the Kings’ 1992 ownership agreement.  The May 2003 document is self-described as a proposal, which, if approved, would constitute a basis for an amendment of the Kings’ partnership agreement.  The version of the May…

  13. Sources: “Mega-Whales” Ron Burkle and Mark Mastrov in serious talks with Sacramento

    Jan 22, 2013, 11:50 PM EDT

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    There aren’t a lot of people willing to give Sacramento much of a fighting chance to hold on to the Kings, but they’re not going down without a big money fight. Sources familiar with the situation tell ProBasketballTalk that “mega whales” Ron Burkle and Mark Mastrov are in serious talks with the city of Sacramento…

  14. 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,…

  15. George Maloof says deal to sell the Kings to Seattle “not close.” If you choose to believe him.

    Jan 10, 2013, 4:24 PM EDT

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    There are plenty of people that are writing off the Kings’ future in Sacramento, but sources in Sacramento close to the situation have told PBT consistently that California’s capitol city will have the opportunity to make an offer to keep the team. Whether or not that ultimately happens remains to be seen, but for now…

  16. Sources: Sacramento Kings to Seattle not a done deal just yet

    Jan 9, 2013, 3:09 PM EDT

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    The ongoing joke about the Maloofs in league circles is that they can get the girl’s phone number, but they can’t close the deal. After Adrian Wojnarowski’s report that the Maloofs are close to finalizing a $500 million deal with Seattle billionaire Chris Hansen, closing a deal shouldn’t be a problem this time, but there…

  17. George Maloof’s Virginia Beach arena ploy falls apart, Seattle rumors heat up

    Jan 9, 2013, 9:10 AM EDT

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    We never took the Maloofs or Virginia Beach seriously in their talks to move the Sacramento Kings to the eastern seaboard, and predictably the talks officially fell apart when Virginia Beach mayor Will Sessoms declared the deal dead for now on Tuesday. There were a million reasons that deal was a farce – a sad…

  18. Report: Stern’s big, final goal to get team back in Seattle

    Oct 26, 2012, 7:59 AM EDT

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    It is one of the black marks of David Stern’s approaching three decades as NBA Commissioner — not getting a new stadium built and watching a team bolting a good Seattle market for enthusiastic but smaller Oklahoma City. He and Howard Schultz (and so many more) were villains. It’s one thing Stern would like to…

  19. David Stern sounds positive about NBA returning to Seattle

    Oct 8, 2012, 2:36 PM EDT

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    It is not really a dramatic bit of news, but this does give you a sense of the NBA’s attitude. At David Stern’s press conference is Milan Sunday, a foreign reporter asked the final question of the day, about a return of the NBA to Seattle. Here was Stern’s response: “The answer is there seem…

  20. Seattle City Council gives key approval for new arena

    Sep 25, 2012, 1:41 AM EDT

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    It was not a surprise — all the groundwork had already been done, previous approvals given at other levels of government — but still it has to feel good for those that want to see the NBA back in Seattle. Tuesday night the Seattle City Council voted 6-2 to approve developers Chris Hansen’s plan for…

  21. 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…

  22. First vote on new Seattle arena could take place next week

    Jul 24, 2012, 7:59 AM EDT

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    If you build it they will come. Maybe. That seems to be Seattle’s plan for a new arena to house an NBA team. Although it hasn’t worked yet in Kansas City, which has the sweet Sprint Center sitting there with nothing but Disney on Ice and some concerts to fill the space. No NBA or…

  23. Have the Maloofs threatened the NBA’s billion dollar arena subsidy industry?

    May 17, 2012, 5:48 PM EDT

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    What do Faye Vincent, George Steinbrenner, and David Stern have in common? They’re each relevant characters in the relocation saga of the Maloof family, owners of the Sacramento Kings, who are increasingly becoming a liability for the NBA. That’s because Chris Lehane, executive director of arena group Think Big Sacramento and big-time political consultant to…

  24. Baseball’s Mariners say they don’t want NBA arena near them

    Apr 4, 2012, 10:26 AM EDT

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    Seattle built the Mariners a lovely ballpark — Safeco Field — and now the Mariners don’t want a new NBA/NHL arena near their beautiful park. That’s the gist of a letter set to the city by the team, as reported by the Associated Press. The letter was sent from the team on Tuesday and signed…

  25. Seattle groups lay out arena plan: it starts with finding team

    Feb 17, 2012, 2:12 AM EDT

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    It’s a start. A good start. Details of the NBA arena plan for Seattle were laid out by Seattle’s mayor and the money behind it, hedge fund manager Chris Hansen, in a press conference that sounded more like a pep rally. They bathed the plan in glowing terms as filled with private investment and risk…

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