From 2000-2007 the Sacramento Kings averaged 17,317 fans per game. All of them were sellout games.
In 2012-13 the Kings averaged 13,749 fans per game. DEAD LAST.
If you can’t fill a 17,000 seat arena, how do you expect to fill a newer, larger one?
No one cared about them moving until they got a former NBA player as their mayor in Kevin Johnson. If Johnson would give as much passion into fixing his city as he is into keeping the Kings, then maybe the Maloof family wouldn’t be trying to sell them in the first place.
Seattle has a way better economy than Sacramento and they offered way more money for the franchise, an NBA record $550 million… raised to $625 million on May 10, 2013. Seattle also has a better plan for an arena as well.
Clay Bennett is in David Sterns’ pocket. I cannot wait for David Stern to retire.
The NBA was waaaaay better in the 1980-90s.
On Monday, twelve NBA owners unanimously decided that it was in the League’s best interest that the Kings remain in Sacramento, instead of relocating to Seattle to revive the Supersonics franchise, which moved to Oklahoma City in 2008. One of the owners that voted against the relocation of the Kings was Oklahoma City Thunder owner Clay Bennett, who bought the Seattle Supersonics in 2007 with all the intention of moving them to Oklahoma.
This whole thing stinks to high heaven. This is one reason why I choose not to follow the NBA anymore. The Association has not been good since 1998. When the Chicago Bulls dynasty broke up after their sixth championship in eight years, the NBA took a free fall.
A Seattle relocation team lead by investor Chris Hansen, had offered to by the Sacramento Kings for an NBA record $550 million on April 12, 2013. Sacramento countered with a much smaller offer. Both cities have new arena deals in place.
Seattle is ready to have the Sonics back. Seattle’s economy is thriving while Sacramento’s is disarray. I agree with Sports Illustrated and I think that this is not the right decision.
I have no problem with people owning guns at all. My issue is : How do these guns get in the hands of criminals? How do we fix that? I know a lot of people think the second amendment should be the first amendment. They think that their freedom to own a gun, is more important that our freedom to speak against it. To me, that’s a little out there.
This is an issue, where no one is going to be happy. But, it is also an issue that needs to be met in the middle. President Obama is not trying to take away our guns. He’s just trying to make sure we know where they are and who is buying them. It terrifies me to think that just anyone can go to a gun show and buy a gun without a background check.
Banning assault weapons might be pushing too much. But, who needs a 30 round clip, seriously? Maybe if Canada attacks or something. There are law abiding citizens who own guns who are upset. But, sometimes you need to sacrifice something. Twenty-Six families in Newtown, Connecticut sacrificed a lot more than anyone else.