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SBD/January 23, 2013/Franchises
Sacramento's Saviors? Burkle, Mastrov Headline Consortium Trying To Keep Kings In California
Published January 23, 2013
SACRAMENTO'S SHOT: In Seattle, Bob Condotta reports the proposed Sacramento ownership group of Burkle and Mastrov also would "help finalize an arena deal as part of Johnson's four-point 'Playing to Win' plan to keep the team in Sacramento." Johnson said that he is "basing the plan on a similar approach used by San Francisco in 1992 to prevent the [MLB] Giants from moving to Tampa Bay" (SEATTLE TIMES, 1/23). A SACRAMENTO BEE editorial states the attempt to keep the team in Sacramento "might seem like a half court heave at the buzzer," but those shots "sometimes go in, right?" That is why Sacramento "needs to fight hard to keep the Kings" (SACRAMENTO BEE, 1/23). In Sacramento, Ailene Voisin writes, "It's long shots and Hail Marys now. ... But until you see those moving vans drive up? It's not over" (SACRAMENTO BEE, 1/23). Also in Sacramento, Jason Jones notes tonight's game against the Suns is the "first at Sleep Train Arena since the Maloofs, Hansen and the NBA confirmed the agreement." When reports of the negotiations surfaced this month, signs that were "pro-Sacramento and anti-Seattle and anti-Maloof could be seen sprinkled throughout the arena." With an agreement in place, there "figures to be a bigger statement made by fans tonight." Kings G Tyreke Evans said, "We go out and people ask us are we staying, are we leaving, but we're just like them. We have no clue. We just go out there and play. Nobody wants to see the Kings leave, so it's a tough situation for the fans" (SACRAMENTO BEE, 1/23).
SEATTLE'S SITUATION: In Seattle, Lynn Thompson writes the latest designs for the proposed arena in the city's Sodo neighborhood "show shimmering walls of water along the west facade and on the stepped plaza to the main entryway." Hansen's architectural team yesterday "outlined ideas to make the facility environmentally sustainable, from capturing and reusing rainwater to solar heating and generating energy for the surrounding neighborhood." Meanwhile, the Mariners yesterday "again questioned whether South Massachusetts Street, at the north end of the arena site, and Occidental Avenue South, which approaches the site from the north, could realistically be closed during arena events." Hansen's design team has said that it would "like to close those streets on game days to create a pedestrian concourse." Mariners attorney Melody McCutcheon said that Hansen's reps had "preliminary conversations with Mariners management to address the street-use issues as well as whether the Mariners parking garage could be shared with the new arena" (SEATTLE TIMES, 1/23).