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SBD/February 28, 2013/Franchises
Unnamed Group Vying To Keep Kings In Sacramento Could Be Revealed Tonight
Published February 28, 2013
PRIVATE PRACTICE: Sacramento-based KTXL-Fox' Dennis Shanahan reported a privately-funded arena plan involving Kehriotis and a group of investors is "perking up ears inside Sacramento City Hall." Sacramento Vice Mayor Angelique Ashby on Tuesday said, "I don’t think there’s anybody in this city that would object to a plan that doesn’t include any public money, and maximizes an existing resource." Kehriotis' plan would "keep the Kings in Sacramento, and it is not site-specific, which means the existing arena location would be considered" (FOX40.com, 2/27). A SACRAMENTO BEE editorial states the public has "some unconfirmed idea who is involved with the negotiations," but unconfirmed is "not good enough." Sacramento residents "need to know all the wealth that is on the other side of the negotiating table, so they can judge the ability of these partners to pay a share of costs." Residents "shouldn't have to wait" until tonight to "find out for certain who has a stake in this deal." A lack of transparency has "soured Sacramento on the current owners of the Kings." Further "murkiness won't help the team's would-be owners" (SACRAMENTO BEE, 2/28). Meanwhile, in Tacoma, John McGrath wrote Seattle having no NBA team is "preferable to a lousy, hopeless, historically jinxed" team. Changing uniforms and "calling them the SuperSonics is no assurance they won’t be a bust in Seattle." McGrath: "I’d rather the Sonics II evolve from scratch" (Tacoma NEWS TRIBUNE, 2/27).