A Kings move is a Sacramento loss
For anyone who thinks that losing the Sacramento Kings is only that, the loss of a professional sports franchise, think again. If Joe and Gavin Maloof, Kings owners, choose to file for a move by the looming March 1st deadline and are granted relocation, this city will lose a lot more than 41 regular season home games a year. This is about more than basketball.
Arco Arena, soon to be Power Balance Pavilion, is an old, crumbling eyesore that is already being passed up by some of the big names in sports, music and entertainment for newer venues. Without the Sacramento Kings and the Maloofs, Sacramento is unlikely to build a new entertainment center and will continue to lose out to our shiny arena neighbors in San Jose, Stockton and even, gulp, Oakland.
A possible Kings relocation has been on the horizon for quite some time. We never thought this would happen. Some didn’t (and still don’t) care. Now it looks like it might finally happen as NBA Commissioner David Stern confirmed that the Maloofs have been in talks with the managers of the Honda Center in Anaheim, Ca about moving the team there.
You don’t like the Kings you say? Ok. Do you like Lady Gaga, Disney on Ice, Monster Trucks, WWE, Taylor Swift, Usher, Dancing with the Stars, or Dane Cook? Did you like the 2 million dollars our city generated in NCAA play-off revenue? Oh wait, we lost that already due to our aged arena….An entertainment venue means jobs, it means visitors, it means revenue for this city that we are letting walk down the coast if we let the Kings leave.
Although Mayor Kevin Johnson is committed to trying to keep the team here, he can only do so much. Without support from the residents of Sacramento and beyond, the Kings should move. I just hope we understand what that means…You can give or take the Kings, basketball or the other entertainment outlets, but do you want to see Sacramento thrive or not?