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SBD/January 24, 2013/Franchises
Sacramento Mayor Confident In His Case To Keep NBA Kings, Build Arena
Published January 24, 2013
FAVOR THE HOME TEAM: In S.F., Andrew Ross reports MLB Giants President & CEO Larry Baer is “betting the other way" in regard to the proposed Seattle deal. Baer said, “I’ve talked to KJ, and the bottom line is Sacramento has a great reservoir of support. ... They have a group of civic-minded investors, and a new arena would be part of the deal. Besides, the league has a predilection to not move franchises to different markets if it can help it. They’re not happy situations. If Sacramento comes up with an offer anywhere near Seattle’s, I think there’s an opportunity” (S.F. CHRONICLE, 1/24).
STAYING FOCUSED: Kings coach Keith Smart said that there “isn’t much discussion among the coaches or players about the possibility the team could move to Seattle.” In Sacramento, Jason Jones reports Smart “didn’t attribute a slow start” in Monday’s game against the Hornets to the news of the Seattle deal (SACRAMENTO BEE, 1/24). Kings TV announcer Grant Napear during Monday's game noted the team “awoke to the news” of the “impending sale to Seattle." Napear: "I know it’s on their minds. I can’t say that’s the reason why the team is losing, but we must keep that in mind as well. It has to be some sort of a distraction on the day that the news broke.” The Kings were down 25 points to the Hornets at halftime in New Orleans before losing 114-105 (“Kings-Hornets,” Comcast SportsNet California, 1/21).