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SBD/February 28, 2011/Franchises
Sacramento Mayor Lashes Out At Kings For Failing To Deliver Arena Docs
Published February 28, 2011
STEPPING INTO THE SPOTLIGHT: In Sacramento, Ailene Voisin reports Kings Owners the Maloofs, "after days of mulling whether to attend tonight's game against the Clippers" at Arco Arena, "reportedly decided to return to their courtside seats largely because of the buzz within the community." The "Here We Stay" campaign is "generating energy through social networking and organizing tonight's rally outside the arena," and the "Sac Deflated" creators from the Glass Agency, a local advertising group, "have chipped in with five static billboards and eight static signs at different locations." Voisin: "Don't believe for a second that the Maloofs aren't receptive to hugs and kisses, plants and flowers and, particularly, raucous sellout home crowds. But one sellout won't do it. Twelve home games remain." Assuming the NBA BOG grants the Maloofs an extension for notifying the league of relocation until the annual owners meetings April 14-15, Sacramento "has some wiggle room to apply the squeeze and gain some momentum" (SACRAMENTO BEE, 2/28). Voisin yesterday reported that "one reason the Maloofs were reluctant to attend Monday's game was that they were fearful of opening their mouths -- a common occurrence -- about the arena situation." NBA Commissioner David Stern "has urged them to remain mum on the topic and their local handlers have advised them to stay away from Arco because they are famously accessible and accommodating to members of the media" (SACBEE.com, 2/27).
FRUSTRATION MOUNTS: In Sacramento, Peter Hecht wrote, "Embattled and frustrated over failed attempts to build a new Sacramento arena, the Maloofs have found themselves depicted as princes of petulance, team owners who are anything but team players." Kings investor Bob Cook, who "expresses empathy for the Maloofs as he strongly opposes a move to Anaheim," said, "I'm guessing that they're very, very frustrated. They're used to getting things done and unfortunately this arena situation has been moving with the pace of a snail. I don't blame them. But it would be devastating to Sacramento, absolutely devastating financially and emotionally." Political consultant David Townsend said the Maloofs' relationship with Sacramento has deteriorated "from an incredibly wild, fun first few years into a really bad marriage" (SACRAMENTO BEE, 2/27). Also in Sacramento, Marcos Breton wrote the Maloofs, "sensitive and emotional," are "said to be furious with Johnson right now." But the "truth is, the Maloofs have never understood how Sacramento ticks and Sacramento officials have never had any success in dealing with the Maloofs" (SACRAMENTO BEE, 2/27).
NO PLANS FOR VEGAS: In Las Vegas, Mark Anderson noted the Maloofs have "strong local ties" in the city, but he cites a source as saying "nothing is going on with Vegas." With "all the new Las Vegas-area arena plans still in the conceptual stage, the Maloofs would rather look at an area two other teams ... call home" (LAS VEGAS REVIEW-JOURNAL, 2/26).