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Sleep Train Mattress Centers yesterday said it is “negotiating with the Sacramento Kings for naming rights to the team's arena,” according to Dale Kasler of the SACRAMENTO BEE. The Calif.-based retailer is “one of several companies talking to the Kings about naming rights.” Sleep Train “operates more than 250 stores on the West Coast” and is “already a Kings sponsor.” Kings co-owner Joe Maloof confirmed that the team “is in negotiations for a replacement for Power Balance.” He said that the Kings' marketing staff “is handling the talks and he had no information about which companies are in the running.” Kasler notes the Kings began looking for a new naming-rights partner “after their year-old deal with Power Balance was cut short abruptly.” The sports wristband company “left the team high and dry after filing for bankruptcy protection last fall.” Power Balance had "signed a five-year contract starting in March 2011.” Court records show that Power Balance paid the Kings “just $700,000 before cutting off payments.” Maloof said that he is “convinced the Kings can snare a good naming-rights contract (SACRAMENTO BEE, 8/8).
A shipping terminal "long ago consigned to the dustbin of Oakland A's stadium sites has re-emerged as one of Oakland's two most viable options to keep the team from fleeing to San Jose," according to Matthew Artz of the OAKLAND TRIBUNE. Oakland officials last week during "their first meeting in two years" with MLB Commissioner Bud Selig's blue-ribbon committee "presented two ballpark options -- the well publicized Coliseum City concept in East Oakland, and Howard Terminal, a waterfront site a few blocks north of Jack London Square." The committee also "met with San Jose officials last week, and while Mayor Chuck Reed wasn't forthcoming with the details, he did say Oakland's latest plan doesn't worry him." But San Jose's plan "is facing scrutiny from the state over the legitimacy of a deal that city officials made in the fall to sell downtown land for a ballpark to A's co-owner Lew Wolff." Oakland's 51-acre Howard Terminal "was one of the first sites considered more than a decade ago for the team." Sources said that the site, "while flawed, could make it harder for the team to leave town." Artz notes if the city can "show that it has a viable waterfront site with business support, it could make MLB owners more reluctant to revoke the Giants' territorial rights to Santa Clara County and grant the A's organization its wish to move to downtown San Jose." But Wolff "remains uninterested in the site." He said Sunday, "We have analyzed Howard Terminal upside down and sideways, and it has no ability to be implemented for a ballpark" (OAKLAND TRIBUNE, 8/8).
LOOKING AT EVERY OPTION: The San Jose Mercury News’ Tim Kawakami said of the MLB committee is "exploring every option possible because they obviously have gone very slowly through this process.” Kawakami said they “will make a decision at some point and they want every number, every line, every box, every option, every reason lined up before they have to make the decision.” Kawakami added, “That’s what this process has been for 41 months.” But the Oakland Tribune’s Monte Poole said the A’s “have made it clear they don’t want to be in Oakland anywhere,” and if the option to relocate to San Jose “is off the table, they will sell the team.” Poole: “They don’t want just a ballpark. They want a ballpark village. They want condos, they want retail" (“Chronicle Live,” Comcast SportsNet Bay Area, 8/6).