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SBD/February 21, 2011/Franchises
NBA Kings Reportedly Considering Applying For Relocation To Anaheim
Published February 21, 2011
CALIFORNIA LOVE? In L.A., Broderick Turner notes, "How this affects the Lakers and Clippers is not quite known, but neither team is overly excited about the possibility of the Kings playing about 30 miles from Staples Center." Lakers Owner Jerry Buss and Clippers Owner Donald Sterling "would probably have a lot to say about the Kings move, but it would take a majority of the 30 NBA team owners -- at least 16 -- to approve the relocation." And there "could be a relocation fee that the Kings would have to pay" (L.A. TIMES, 2/21). In Sacramento, Ailene Voisin wrote she gets the "sense that while the league probably would approve the move, the higher-ups aren't thrilled about the prospect of (a) abandoning the 20th largest media market; (b) adding a third NBA team in Southern California and (c) having to deal with all this with a lockout looming" (SACBEE.com, 2/19). In California, Jeff Miller writes the Lakers "dominate the Southland," and it would take "years of achievement for the Kings or any NBA team in O.C. to escape the Lakers' spell." However, the Lakers "aren't Orange County any more than the Dodgers are Orange County, any more than the Angels are L.A. County" (ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER, 2/21).
ONE MORE TRY: The SACRAMENTO BEE's Voisin wrote, "Within days, there is a very real possibility Sacramento will become the next Seattle." If the "decades-long relationship between the Maloofs and the city hadn't gone south at some point, if the brothers didn't feel unloved, unappreciated and unwanted, justified or otherwise," the new arena conversation initiated by Johnson, developer David Taylor and officials from architecture firm ICON "would be receiving a prolonged and legitimate look." Voisin: "They would give us more time, give us one more long shot. They should, anyway. They need us. We need them more. The Kings are owned by the Maloofs, but they belong to Sacramento" (SACRAMENTO BEE, 2/20). Johnson said that he "intends to move forward with efforts to build a sports and entertainment arena." He said that he "would continue his efforts to get a facility built even if the Kings left town." A rep for Taylor said that the group "has been in contact with Kings officials but has not yet set up a meeting to discuss the financing for a Sacramento arena" (Tony Bizjak, SACRAMENTO BEE, 2/21).