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Volume 24 No. 198
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NBA Kings Owner Ranadive Opens Up About Player Activism, Community Work

NBA Kings Owner & Chair VIVEK RANADIVE recently discussed his views on free speech and social justice, and said his players have "amazing track records in terms of what they do in the community," according to a profile by Ryan Lillis of the SACRAMENTO BEE. Ranadive: "These are generous and big-hearted people and I love them and I support them." Ranadive said of NBAers potentially protesting during the national anthem, "I personally, being an immigrant, I love the national anthem, I stand up for it. But I 100 percent support our players in every way. Part of this is that everyone is shaped by their personal experiences." Ranadive said that his 29-year-old son ANDRE "enlisted in the Army a few weeks back and is enrolled in basic training at Fort Benning in Georgia." Meanwhile, Lillis noted the Kings are beginning their "second season in Golden 1 Center" and the 250-room Sawyer Hotel that overlooks the arena is now open. Restaurants, stores and a revamped movie theater are "expected to open in the Downtown Commons neighborhood by the end of the year." Golden 1 Center in its first year "hosted 153 ticketed events, including 43 concerts, 34 family shows and 68 sporting events." The Kings said that more than 1.6 million people "attended games and concerts since the arena opened," and the facility "ranks among the 15 busiest in the country so far this year for concerts." Ranadive said of future plans for Golden 1 Center, "There’s going to be restaurants, there will be movies, concerts, games, farmers markets. It’s going to be a spectacle every night. This is just the beginning" (SACRAMENTO BEE, 10/18).