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Seven Proposals Submitted For New Kings Arena In Sacramento

Sacramento Receives Seven Proposals
For New Kings Venue
Sacramento arena task force officials announced that they have “received seven responses by a Christmas Eve deadline for proposals to build a new sports and entertainment center,” according to Tony Bizjak of the SACRAMENTO BEE. Task force co-Chair Chris Lehane said that Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson’s “Sacramento First” task force, made up of 12 volunteers, "will publish general outlines of the proposals" this week, and "will make the full proposals public at a Jan. 14 open house." Lehane noted that several proposals “involve downtown sites, including the downtown railyard.” Lehane added that the task force also “will consider renovating existing Arco Arena, as some suggested at recent hearings.” In addition, the task force “will review an existing proposal for an arena at Cal Expo.” Johnson has asked the task force to “review proposals, study how arenas have been built in other cities, and submit an arena plan to him by March 11” (SACRAMENTO BEE, 12/25). In Sacramento, Bill Bradley wrote, “I need to give Kevin Johnson credit for taking the lead on getting an arena built in Sacramento. … I’m hoping there’s some real substance to [the proposals]” (SACRAMENTO BEE, 12/28).

BRIGHTER PROSPECTS AHEAD? In Sacramento, Sam Amick cited sources as saying that in folding the WNBA Monarchs and selling the family’s beer distributorship for “far more than its 2002 estimated worth" of $45M, Kings owners the Maloofs are “suddenly comfortable again.” Kings co-Owner Joe Maloof said, “There were times when we were facing substantial losses, but we made some moves. We’ve never been in better shape financially because we have some power now. The last three years have been negative, but we’ve had some spectacular years (in the past). We’re going to be profitable this year. And next year, we’re going to show a profit” (SACRAMENTO BEE, 12/27).  However, in Sacramento, Sam Stanton wrote, “Some are questioning what the future of the team is in Sacramento if a viable plan for a new arena is not developed soon” (SACRAMENTO BEE, 12/27).

MEET & GREET: In Sacramento, Ailene Voisin cited a Kings source as saying that the team’s “We Want You Back” campaign -- the Maloofs’ “attempt to entice former season ticket holders to reinvest in the club -- resulted in approximately 100 new/old season ticket purchases” during last night's game against the Nuggets at Arco Arena. Before tipoff, an estimated 3,000 former season ticket holders “took the Maloofs up on their offer of two free tickets, a buffet dinner, and a chat” with coach Paul Westphal (SACBEE.com, 12/28). Meanwhile, the Kings' first Social Media Night presented by Verizon Wireless is sold out. Fans who follow the Kings on Twitter and Facebook received an exclusive ticket offer to buy one of 100 tickets for tomorrow night's game against the 76ers and a chance to meet F Donte Greene before the contest (Kings).

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