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Developer Mark Friedman Introduced As New NBA Kings Bidder As Burkle Bows Out
Published April 10, 2013
BLESSING IN DISGUISE? In Sacramento, Marcos Breton writes Burkle taking his name out of the bid initially seemed "like a big setback," but it may be "an unforeseen blessing." Burkle is "known to be despised" by Kings Owner the Maloof family, and as Burkle "fades to the background, so does a major Maloof objection to any Sacramento bid." The Maloofs now "can't pull the 'disrespect card' that they have dropped around Sacramento at every turn for years" (SACRAMENTO BEE, 4/10). Meanwhile, in Seattle, Danny Westneat writes if desire "does matter," Seattle's bid is "toast." Westneat: "Because Sacramento totally wants this more." Sacramento's $447M arena plan was "unveiled to the public and then passed by their City Council only three days later." Westneat: "Can you imagine the reaction from the Seattle process factory if our mayor put forth a half-billion-dollar public-private partnership and wanted it approved in just three days?" One thing "we know from bitter experience is the NBA cartel likes its host cities a little desperate." Westneat: "Easier to leverage more subsidies that way. Advantage: Sacramento" (SEATTLE TIMES, 4/10).