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Can a billionaire save the Kings?

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08:01 AM ET 01.23 | Mayor Kevin Johnson may yet find a saving grace for Sacramento. Billionaire Ron Burkle and Bay Area investor Mark Mastrov are in serious discussions to team up on a bid to buy the Sacramento Kings and partner with the city of Sacramento on a plan to help finance a new downtown sports arena, The Bee has learned. A source familiar with the negotiations told The Bee late Tuesday that Burkle and Mastrov are both committed to keeping the team in Sacramento and building the Kings into a contender. The teaming of Burkle and Mastrov is seen by city officials as a "dream team" counteroffer to the group that this week reached a deal with the Maloof family to buy the Kings and move the franchise to Seattle, the source said.

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January 23, 2013  08:25 AM ET

I thought that the Brothers had a "binding agreement' with the Seattle group.....guess that means nothing

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January 23, 2013  10:15 AM ET

The Kings Are Dead, Bros.

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January 23, 2013  11:25 AM ET

As a former SuperSonics fan, I'm really torn here. I would love nothing more than to see the Soop's come back. However, I really feel for the fans of Sacramento, since they're the ones who lose in the end. The Maloofs are slime, no doubt. Plus the NBA has screwed the city of Seattle before, do I really want to see them back anyways? From a business standpoint, absolutely yes.

January 23, 2013  02:36 PM ET
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The Kings Are Dead, Bros.

Hey Bro, The Lakers ain't doing to well . Time to put the geezers out to pastrue

January 23, 2013  07:01 PM ET
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The Kings Are Dead, Bros.

The Kings may be dead, but the Lakers are zombies: the walking dead. Awful

 
January 23, 2013  10:40 PM ET

There is 3 other teams in that state. The team located in the Bay Area is close enough. Seattle's sports fans have gotten a LOT better in the fall/wintertime

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