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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. 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…

  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. 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…

  5. 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…

  6. 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…

  7. 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…

  8. 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…

  9. 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…

  10. 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…

  11. 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…

  12. 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,…

  13. 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…

  14. 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…

  15. 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…

  16. 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…

  17. Ray Allen’s shooting stroke is perfect, has not changed

    Aug 30, 2011, 5:41 PM EDT

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    Okay, it shouldn’t be news that Ray Allen has an incredible shooting stroke that he can repeat effortlessly — it’s not easy to make 2,612 threes in a career. Still, this .Gif put together by Got ‘Em Coach showing just how little Allen’s perfect stroke has changed over the years is a treat and kind…

  18. Spencer Hawes’ head wants basketball back in Seattle

    Jul 25, 2011, 8:03 PM EDT

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    The above is a picture of Spencer Hawes‘ head at a charity basketball game played at Seattle’s Key Arena Saturday, the former home of the Seattle Supersonics. The team was moved to Oklahoma City, but after the game Hawes, a Washington native, expressed his desire for basketball to return to Seattle (story via The Seattle…

  19. Barry Ackerley, Sonics owner during ‘80s and ‘90s, dies

    Mar 22, 2011, 2:48 PM EDT

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    Barry Ackerley, the man who owned the Seattle Super Sonics during most of the 1980s and 1990s and saw his teams be consistent winners and make it to the NBA finals, has died. Ackerley, 76, passed away from a stroke in his Southern California home, the Sporting News reports. Ackerley owned the Sonics for 18…

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