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Sellout Crowd Turns Out For Kings Game To Urge Maloofs To Stay In Sacramento
Published March 1, 2011
A LITTLE ON EDGE: In Sacramento, Ailene Voisin writes, "With so much seemingly at stake for local fans, the mood inside the building was more tense than celebratory, at times even funereal. Team officials looked visibly stressed. Joe and Gavin Maloof, who were greeted warmly throughout the evening, worked over several pieces of gum." The Maloofs "seemed anxious at best, troubled at worst" (SACRAMENTO BEE, 3/1). In L.A., Lisa Dillman notes signs "were carefully, almost lovingly, arranged in strategic, TV-friendly positions throughout the arena before the Clippers-Kings game." Civic boosters and fans "put plenty of emotional energy into this particular game, hoping to play the nostalgia card with the owners, pushing hard to boost attendance." There were "some empty seats up high in the arena but the announced crowd was a sellout of 17,317, the second of the season." Volunteers were "outside the arena passing out flyers, detailing specific chants to be delivered at key junctures." The Maloofs looked "happier and more engaged as the game progressed" (L.A. TIMES, 3/1).