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SBD/April 22, 2011/Franchises
NBA Reps Will Continue Research Into Keeping Kings In Sacramento
Published April 22, 2011
FULL STEAM AHEAD: In California, Randy Youngman reports despite "signs of growing opposition" to a relocation to Anaheim, "all indications are the Maloofs, the Kings' owners, plan to file for relocation before the May 2 deadline imposed by the NBA." AEG President & CEO Tim Leiweke Thursday during an interview with ESPN Radio 710 L.A. pointed out Lakers Owner Jerry Buss "has led the charge" against relocation. Leiweke said that AEG, "as a Lakers minority partner, was 'on the same page' as Buss." Honda Center operator Anaheim Arena Management, which "has been negotiating with the Maloofs," is "lining up corporate sponsors and compiling contact information for those interested in purchasing tickets." An AAM spokesperson said that as of Thursday, there were "more than 3,000 names on a list that translates into about 12,000 seats when it is combined with Ducks season-ticket holders who already have expressed an interest in purchasing their seats for NBA games" (ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER, 4/22).
NO BOON FROM TV: SI.com's Sam Amick cited a source as saying that the "television rights riches that had long been seen as a major motivating factor for the Maloofs aren't quite as lucrative as they had hoped." The TV plan presented to the NBA's BOG last week "included a possible partnership" worth $20M annually with KDOC-Ind., which is co-owned by Ducks Owner Henry Samueli. The length of the deal "is not known, and it might merely be a stopgap solution to bridge the gap between now and the Lakers' eventual departure" from FS West in '12. But the fact that preliminary discussions between the Kings and FS West "went nowhere and paved the way for a lesser platform is certainly surprising." The $20M figure "would hardly impress those doing the vetting considering the league-wide average is also believed to be $20 million and the Los Angeles area media market is the second largest in the country." By comparison, sources said that the Clippers' TV contract with FS West is worth $22.5M annually (SI.com, 4/20).