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Sacramento City Council approves new Kings stadium

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05:58 PM ET 03.27 | In a move that mayor Kevin Johnson called "historic," Sacramento's City Council approved the deal to build a new $447 million arena in downtown Sacramento by a 7-2 vote. The deal was reached earlier this week, and approval from the city is a huge step toward keeping the Kings in town. Sacramento seems to be picking up steam in its bid to save the franchise, as a fourth big investor, the Jacobs family of Qualcomm, was named on Monday. An investment group initially led by Mark Mastrov and Ron Burkle officially submitted an offer to the NBA to buy the Kings earlier this month. The Kings were sold a few months ago to a Seattle group led by Chris Hansen, but is pending approval from the Board of Governors, who will meet to decide the future of the franchise on April 19.

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March 28, 2013  01:22 AM ET

Too bad that new arena won't make the team any better.. and don't see why they need a new arena.. they're not even selling out the one they're in now

March 28, 2013  06:25 AM ET
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Too bad that new arena won't make the team any better.. and don't see why they need a new arena.. they're not even selling out the one they're in now

It's an attempt to keep the team from moving to Seattle

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March 28, 2013  08:41 AM ET

Can You Still Hear The Cow Bells, Bros?

March 28, 2013  09:27 AM ET

A downtown arena would beat the hell out of that "thing" over by the airport anytime.

March 28, 2013  10:01 AM ET

Is this really a NEED for a broke city in an even broker state?? KJ should focus on more important things than spending a half-billi for a basketball arena

March 28, 2013  10:06 AM ET
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Here's a solution that I would propose - to keep ALL parties happy:Oklahoma gets to keep the Thunder. The Kings move to Seattle and revive the Sonics franchise.Once Sac finishes building the new arena, the Clippers move from LA to Sac. - LA already has the Lakers, and the Clippers are viewed as second-class citizens because they have to share the Staples Center. By moving to Sac, the Clippers get their own arena and their own identity. The owner simply needs to buy this plan and agree to have his team move to Sac.

Sounds great! When do we get started?

March 28, 2013  11:19 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Too bad that new arena won't make the team any better.. and don't see why they need a new arena.. they're not even selling out the one they're in now

Agree but the City is doing what it can to keep the team from moving to Seattle. I'll hand it to Kevin Johnson. KJ ain't going out without a fight.

March 28, 2013  11:19 AM ET
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The new arena may be a good idea, but the league should still have the team move to Seattle.Here are some of the various options:- Kings stay in Sac. NOT a good idea. Seattle has a history with the NBA and should get a team back as soon as possible. The Kings really need to move to Seattle and become the Sonics.- Kings stay in Sac, while the Thunder move back to Seattle. Unfortunately, what's done is done, and Oklahoma has embraced its place in the NBA. There's no undoing it by moving the team back. - Here's a solution that I would propose - to keep ALL parties happy:Oklahoma gets to keep the Thunder. The Kings move to Seattle and revive the Sonics franchise.Once Sac finishes building the new arena, the Clippers move from LA to Sac. - LA already has the Lakers, and the Clippers are viewed as second-class citizens because they have to share the Staples Center. By moving to Sac, the Clippers get their own arena and their own identity. The owner simply needs to buy this plan and agree to have his team move to Sac. He's a billionaire, so he should be able to afford the 1-hour plane flights back and forth from his home in LA up to Sac. Anyway, that's the best way to solve the situation, in my opinion.

Not a bad solution. Not bad at all.

March 28, 2013  12:15 PM ET
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The new arena may be a good idea, but the league should still have the team move to Seattle.Here are some of the various options:- Kings stay in Sac. NOT a good idea. Seattle has a history with the NBA and should get a team back as soon as possible. The Kings really need to move to Seattle and become the Sonics.- Kings stay in Sac, while the Thunder move back to Seattle. Unfortunately, what's done is done, and Oklahoma has embraced its place in the NBA. There's no undoing it by moving the team back. - Here's a solution that I would propose - to keep ALL parties happy:Oklahoma gets to keep the Thunder. The Kings move to Seattle and revive the Sonics franchise.Once Sac finishes building the new arena, the Clippers move from LA to Sac. - LA already has the Lakers, and the Clippers are viewed as second-class citizens because they have to share the Staples Center. By moving to Sac, the Clippers get their own arena and their own identity. The owner simply needs to buy this plan and agree to have his team move to Sac. He's a billionaire, so he should be able to afford the 1-hour plane flights back and forth from his home in LA up to Sac. Anyway, that's the best way to solve the situation, in my opinion.

The Clippers are sixth in attendance this year while the Lakers are eighth

 
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