This was from earlier tonight during the NBA Finals in Miami. "There is no deadline. The ownership has said that they're going to stay in Sacramento & that they're considering remodeling the old arena...I love Sacramento." - David Stern
The issue in Sacramento, as it was in Seattle, is the lack of what the NBA considers an adequate arena. Stern said he believes the team will continue, for now, to play at aging Power Balance Pavilion after the Maloof family's ownership group balked at plans for a new arena. ''That's their prerogative. As long as it stands and passes the fire code, I think it's been a terrific place for the fans of Sacramento,'' Stern said, not exactly giving his seal of approval. ''I think if you ask the fans, they'd say it's better there than no place. I'll say it again: The fans of Sacramento, the businesses of Sacramento, the city of Sacramento have been great partners of the NBA.''
Responses to what David Stern said earlier today about there being no support in a relocation of the Sacramento Kings. "Sacramento may have the fifth pick in the draft, but we remain a top pick with the Commissioner. We appreciate his commitment to the best fans in the NBA." - Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson Meanwhile the Maloofs had no response. Shocking, I know.Local media (FOX 40, CBS 13)
CBS's Ken Berger has an interesting quote on small markets by David Stern of the NBA. "I think we're working hard to eradicate the small-market designation," Stern said. "When Green Bay is in the Super Bowl with Pittsburgh or Indianapolis, nobody says, 'Oh my, a small-market team,' because the rules that they have allow everyone to compete. And that's what we now have under our new collective bargaining agreement. It's not about the market size. It's not about the money. It's about the management. ... Each of our teams has been put together in a different way under our rules."
There's no breaking news from this but at least they are not giving up and neither are we in showing our support as this is #BiggerThanBasketball. #FANS "After six weeks of waiting since Plan A fell apart, plotting for Plan B for a new downtown arena will ramp up again this week. The City of Sacramento will pass a budget Tuesday night, allowing leaders to re-focus their efforts."
Not Kings or arena related but this could give us an idea of what the Kings could be sold for. "Sources told ESPN.com that Heisley has an agreement in principle to sell the team to communications technology magnate Robert Pera, who at 34 has a spot on Forbes' list of the 10 youngest billionaries in the world. The purchase price is in the $350 million range, sources said. A formal announcement to publicize the agreement between the parties is expected this week, possibly as soon as later Monday, with NBA Board of Governors approval then required before Pera can be officially installed as successor to Heisley, who recently turned 75. Sources say that Pera intends to keep the team in Memphis. The Grizzlies' lease at the FedExForum, furthermore, ties the team to the city until the year 2021, with steep financial penalties attached to breaking that lease." Aaron Bruski tweeted the following on the upcoming sale of the Grizzlies: "The reported (approx) $350M price is noteworthy for Kings fans, as it sets the market in a range the Maloofs may bite on. The SAC TV market (#20) is over twice the size of Memphis (#49) and NO (#52, $338M - Benson)."
[This is not about the Kings but it is arena related. It will be interesting to see what their next arena plan will be with its details. - Mike] Damon Bruce @DamonBruce No other show has this, no other station. Exclusive: #Warriors to Piers 30/32 is DEAD. Will look to build closer to AT&T Park.https://twitter.com/DamonBruce/status/211238058467655682
"Chief of Staff Kunal Merchant and Special Assistant R.E. Graswich are leaving to focus on the mayor's "Plan B" for an arena." "Merchant will serve as Think Big's executive director, replacing outgoing director Chris Lehane. Graswich will be the task force's director of public affairs."
The Palms also spent $600,000 in renovations to its pool. The poolside cabanas received a makeover and expansion, adding daybeds and couches outside Immediately after the July Fourth holiday, the hotel will launch a remodel of all 428 rooms in its original Palms Tower, with completion of the $12 million project expected by September, he said. "They are not your typical Las Vegas hotel rooms," Magliarditi said. "They have a little edge to them. The (design) of the rooms and suites came out incredible." A renovation of some 253 rooms in the Fantasy Tower could begin in 2013, he said.
In a back room at the NBA draft lottery Wednesday night, a member of the Sacramento Kings' ownership group approached Warriors co-owner Joe Lacob and made an amplified claim. "In five years, I think your ownership group could be considered the best in the NBA," the Kings' executive said to Lacob. "I completely get the vision you have for the arena in San Francisco."
Kind of surprised no one has posted this information so I'll post it. Although there is no arena information to be found, there is a connection to be made. Thanks to Alfred Avalos of #FANS "Admiral Beverage Corporation, a major beer and soft drink distributor, plans to build a new 219,000 square-foot warehouse at Rio Bravo and Prince in the South Valley. It will be the biggest industrial construction job since the Tempur-Pedic plant in 2007. Admiral used to be Maloof Distributing, so we're talking Big Beer here - Coors, Miller, Pabst Blue Ribbon, Corona, Heineken. Also Red Bull. All of it currently comes through the old 75,000 square-foot Maloof warehouse on Comanche near I-25. The new one on Rio Bravo will be three times bigger."
#FANS (Fund Arena Now Sacramento) at Sac City Hall - May 8, 2012 #FANS continues to go strong and impress with education on #BiggerThanBasketball. #FANS discussed Stockton, Sacramento and Kansas City. Yes, we had a member of #FANS travel to Kansas City on his own dime to help the cause. Very dedicated group.
Despite the bad news that was given a few weeks ago, we will not let up and crawl away under a rock. #FANS (Fund Arena Now Sacramento) is still going strong with our message of...
#FANS attended the city council meeting to support Mayor Kevin Johnson, the Sacramento City Council, Think Big and Sacramento. Our message was simple: #BiggerThanBasketball #FANS had 5 speakers and saved the best for last with the 6th speaker, our secret weapon.
Bonus video of Padilla, who has his own beliefs on how the arena was going to be paid for. Feel free to comment on this one.
#FANS (Fund Arena Now Sacramento) will be at Sacramento City Hall on Tuesday, April 17th. We will be there to show our continued support to Mayor Kevin Johnson, the Sacramento City Council, Think Big Sacramento and Sacramento. Please join us by arriving no later than 5:30pm and don't forget to wear your white #FANS shirt. If you don't have one don't worry as you can always wear a plain white shirt to show our united support (plus you will blend in with us). Hope to see you there.
#FANS wanted to show our appreciation, gratitude and endless support for our very own favorite local boy, Mayor Kevin Johnson. We will be at city hall this Tuesday. We hope that you will join us with a white #FANS shirt or a white shirt to show our united support for Sacramento.
"We have a week or two left in the season. I think we should support our team for the next couple of weeks and we need to do that. That's the respectable thing for Sacramento to do." -...
For the 3rd time I will organize a welcome home gathering for @KJ_MayorJohnson at the airport. Time/day to be announced soon. #FANS
#FANS at Sac City Hall 4-10-12 (part 2/2) Despite no arena on the agenda, #FANS returned to Sacramento City Hall to once again educate the city council and citizens in attendance. #FANS discussed their experience in Los Angeles with LA Live and its thriving economic activity along with Stapes Center. Also discussed was the events that will take place in Sacramento compared to Los Angeles and San Jose.
#FANS at Sac City Hall 4-10-12 (part 1/2) Despite no arena on the agenda, #FANS returned to Sacramento City Hall to once again educate the city council and citizens in attendance. #FANS discussed their experience in Los Angeles with LA Live and its thriving economic activity along with more education on the term sheet.
The following were guests on the Capitol Public Radio show to discuss this week's NBA BOG meeting. Jeremiah Jackson of Think Big Sacramento Tony Bizjak of Sacramento Bee Scott Howard Cooper of NBA.com Isaac Gonzalez of ranSACkedmedia "The NBA really supports this project...just being out in Orlando as we were negotiating the deal and talking to different, other owners in the NBA who were out there...I think there's a strong sense among the owners that this is something that the Sacramento market shouldn't be given away or shouldn't be forsaken themselves...I do think there's going to be a lot of momentum towards either getting the Maloofs to make good on the term sheet and pre-development or looking what the other options are." - Jeremiah Jackson of Think Big Sacramento (5:14) Tony Bizjak also mentioned that the NBA told him last week the NBA does not have a clause in their by-laws in which they can force the Maloofs to sell much like MLB has when they did that with the LA Dodgers. He mentioned it will be interesting to find out what kind of leverage David Stern and the NBA will have on the Maloofs. (13:45)
Sacramento Vice Mayor Angelique Ashby gets it. She realizes the opposition is not educated on the arena deal (need for an arena, how it's #BiggerThanBasketball, etc.). She basically agreed with #FANS that education is a must along with town hall meetings to discuss the facts behind the arena deal. Earlier in the evening the opposition admitted they are confused by the arena deal yet they want a public vote on it. Go figure. #FANS will continue to do our part as the support for Sacramento in the coming days, weeks, etc.
"The City Council on Tuesday continued to pave the way for an NBA team to move to the Honda Center, approving a plan that allows for up to 60 more events at the arena each year. The Anaheim council unanimously approved an environmental-impact report that would allow the Honda Center to hold 222 events per year, up from the current 162."
"But that's not what happened in Orlando. The $480 million Amway Center, where the Orlando Magic play, opened this season. It is owned by the city and operated by Orlando Venues, not the Magic. The team confirmed to USA TODAY Sports that it did contribute to pre-development costs but wouldn't reveal the amount."
Randy Youngman has been replaced by Eugene W. Fields. Hope to see you at Sacramento City Hall this Tuesday evening to show our support. #FANS
UPDATE: VOTE HAS NOT BEEN POSTPONED. "With members of the City Council expressing concern about the project, city officials are postponing a key council vote on spending $6.5 million in city money to pay for critical pre-development expenses."
"Sacramento has explored other options to hold on to an NBA team, the most notable being billionaire Ron Burkle. Sources tell CBS13 that Burkle is still a viable option for Sacramento, but a spokesperson for Burkle did not respond to calls or text messages Friday. The other key players in the arena deal also held back on commenting to the media Friday. When we asked the NBA about Burkle – or any other potential owners – a spokesperson said "no comment." As for the arena operator, AEG, a spokesman said there is "no change on our part" when we asked about developments with the Maloofs."
Question was brought up on possible ballot measure for public to vote on arena in November.
Opposition asked questions and were educated with facts and knowledge. That is our weapon of choice. - Why public isn't voting on arena? - Opposition thinks public paid for ARCO Arena. - Opposition from group that tried to hand out fliers earlier got rude. - Council Member Jay Schenirer brought up sewage/water and how no one asked for vote on that and yet more was spent on that than the arena. "If you don't like the decision I make run for city council." - my new hero Council Member Jay Schenirer - Union worker complained about not getting work. He looked to be against the arena but he will be more than happy to get a job building it.
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