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NBA Kings See Record Season-Ticket Demand, Receive Inquiries Into Naming Rights

Kings fans bought more season tickets Tuesday than any other day in team history
NBA Kings officials yesterday said that the club's sales staff "sold more season tickets on Tuesday than on any other day in Sacramento team history, other than day one, nearly 30 years ago," according to Lillis & Bizjak of the SACRAMENTO BEE. Kings PR Dir Chris Clark said that the team "has a policy of not releasing specific ticket sales counts," but noted that requests were "coming in every few seconds after the team officially opened sales Tuesday morning." The Kings also announced that seven members of the new ownership group -- including Managing Partner Vivek Ranadive -- are "scheduled to attend the free Long Live the Kings Rally" tonight (SACRAMENTO BEE, 5/23).

YOUR NAME HERE: Kings Senior VP/Sales & Marketing Jeff David said that the organization has "received calls from companies that want to get together to talk possibilities" for a naming-rights deal for the Kings' proposed downtown arena. He added that the inquiries are from "serious companies." In Sacramento, Kelly Johnson wrote Sleep Train Founder & CEO Dale Carlsen, whose company currently has naming rights to the Kings arena, a few days ago "wasn't ready to indicate whether the employee-owned company might want to get its name on the new arena" (BIZJOURNALS.com, 5/22).
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