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Penguins Co-Owner Burkle Could Be NBA Kings' Best Chance To Stay In Sacramento
Published January 28, 2013
WRONG WAY OF DOING THINGS? In Sacramento, Ailene Voisin wrote, "My main gripe with the Maloofs? If their finances forced them to sell their franchise, that's fine." The economy has "chewed up more than a few families and businesses these past few years." But before privately negotiating a sale with hedge fund manager Chris Hansen and Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, whose group "fully intends to relocate the team to Seattle, Joe and Gavin should have informed the Sacramento public ... of their plight and their plans." That would have been "an honorable approach." Voisin: "Give Sacramento a chance for a pre-emptive strike" (SACRAMENTO BEE, 1/27).
PICKING UP THE PIECES: In Seattle, Jerry Brewer wrote there is "plenty to be done to ensure the new Sonics have the best chance to reclaim their place in the local sports scene." It starts with "winning back more of their fan base." That process might be "as difficult as Hansen's task of putting together an arena plan and acquiring an NBA team." It certainly "figures to take longer." Former Sonics announcer Kevin Calabro said, "There's no telling how some folks are going to react. It's going to be painstaking, and it won't be overnight. But you're going to have to regain the trust of fans" (SEATTLE TIMES, 1/27).