2.28: Maloofs on the Move -- Part 2
Kings owners already left I glitz and glamour Las Vegas so or county and and I wouldn't be too far off the kings fans. Are ready to in basketball relationship however it could be forced divorce imposing more has more. Monday night at ARCO -- a completely different calls from other regular season home games they expected a packed house inside the building there was a pulse outside concourses were packed. Tenure in what they call our town if they want their team to Kingston -- They want the. -- The quest for a new arena has not been helped by the kings on court play. They are lottery bound for the fifth straight season and that is not -- support you've got an economy that's. In the extended recession. And you've got a team that's not competitive. Right I mean they're just not. -- -- it's amazing for those of us who were there that opening night you know years and years ago with you know LaSalle Thompson at all. And -- you know back then it was fun to go to the kings and their play. We sort of took for granted that -- they would be in the playoffs every year we kind of got spoiled by the fact that they weren't -- Matt Katula winning championships. And now here we are and you know. San Antonio got they're on they're tax past you know when the Spurs won the championship -- in the morning to do before and the only -- and a mega mega city and San Antonio is not one inning. It's it's definitely -- the picture you know when there when the folks are excited and they're just. You know everything was purple around here and -- was great but there is now heightened level of urgency to keep the kings in Sacramento from social media groups roadside billboards Sacramento has begun to rally. I came up with the idea of creating this group we. A lot of names that we can do we. Obviously played a tough particularly -- When that McCain -- -- this season. Because obviously we knew underwrite Aramis. An important from the same character. I would hate to see the kings go if without -- up a fight you know I mean that that's an embarrassment if arcane -- we never step and said we want to day. So there's a couple of a couple of things going on there that we that we helped to gain from that we hope to gain contraction we hope. And the lifting it and then see our passion and could really wanted to say that we that we care about the team as much as -- him. From businesses to City Hall Sacramento now understands that much of its identity comes from the kings and losing them could be hit to the economy both financial and emotional. They mean a couple of things. This community there's some some real tangible things. From hotel taxes that are generated nineteen stinger. From media staying in hotels from restaurants and bars are people going to watch -- game and those establishments. I'm from branding both nationally and internationally. When the kings are on national TV that cut away shots -- scenic shots in Sacramento and I think probably the most important it's really hard to measure from a. Financial standpoint has the identity that it gives this region we're not a top -- that in Akron the cameras that go LA that the top tier cities when you from Sacramento around. You know you walk in -- and you -- have seriously going to be taking taken by it -- and the potential client there or maybe by the talent you're trying to attract. When you have an NBA team. You know that make the big difference that -- seriousness city and I think if we lock the king. He would be harder to be taken seriously as a business. Should the kings moved Sacramento would become the largest American city without a major sports franchise could they ever lure another. Wow you hit it in Sacramento loses this team you might wanna ask Seattle is there a couple years ahead I'm trying to get another team of course the difference is that. You know Seattle has the Seahawks and Sacramento doesn't have another pro sports franchise they have the river cats so. Yeah in the triple -- baseball team. That losing this team would be. I'm pretty bad the blues is made it known that they're looking at their option to move the kings to Anaheim. And at the clock moves closer to Decision -- Sacramento Kings are hoping for one final half court. There is no city out there that is going to love this team that is going to. -- the fans of the fifteen minutes and cheer for the team root for the -- more in Sacramento. Monday night wasn't about wins and losses for the Sacramento Kings against the LA Clippers. It was about a message being sent ownership and keep this team against Sacramento. And these fans will support it. The only question. Didn't have any effect. Reporting from the concourse in Sacramento thank you go to war Comcast sports net.
Jim Kozimor explores the Kings' potential to move to Anaheim in the second part of a two-part series.