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Rumor: Ricky Rubio to be traded?


Rubio may want a max extension from Minnesota and if they balk, he could be traded. According to the article, the Kings are one of several interested teams should the Wolves look to trade him.

Hansen's new game plan?


A source close to the proposed deal said the Maloof family and the Seattle group have been talking about strategy since the committee vote on Monday. The idea, this source said, would be for Hansen to persuade NBA owners to support his efforts to buy the team, even if they do not immediately allow him to move it. I have a very hard time HBN/Maloofs think this would actually work, but apparently it could be one of the "numerous options" at their disposal.

Maloofs prefer Seattle offer


We knew as much, but I didn't think the increased Hansen offer would be this much of a factor. From NBA TV Legal Expert Michael McCann: "The disparity between the Sacramento and Seattle's bids could influence the NBA's decision – and the Maloofs as well."

Interview with David Stern in India


Some good tidbits from Stern on growing the game in India. I found it interesting that he said a lot of the same things Vivek has said about his ideas for expanding the NBA brand there, especially quotes about the very accessible nature of the sport.

Kings executive: team isn't going anywhere.


"Murphy said not only is the team staying put, but a new arena will eventually be built. With it, he said, will be a minimum of 4,000 new jobs, 500 new businesses constructed into the infrastructure of the building and upping the region's priority to host an All-Star game." Take it for what it's worth, but here is yet another reiteration of commitment from the team to stay put, and moreover commit long-term. If this is just a ploy to get ticket sales up regionally, the Maloofs are only digging themselves into a deeper hole of lies.

Report: Robinson not going to work out for Kings


If both Robinson and Barnes go in the top four, Kentucky forward Michael Kidd-Gilchrist or Florida guard Bradley Beal could fall to the Kings.

Live stream of Mayor Johnson's post-Maloof meeting press conference


Live stream of Mayor Johnson's post-Maloof meeting press conference

County Parking Could Help Fund New Arena


"If the county would be willing to put their three parking structures in play very similar to what we're doing, that would help us cobble some dollars together to close the gap," Mayor Kevin Johnson said during a press conference Wednesday. ... A spokeswoman for the county said the county will be releasing more details Thursday about where its leaders stand on the issue.

NBA arena backer Chris Hansen to reveal Seattle plan Thursday


Christopher Hansen, the wealthy San Francisco mystery man who wants to build a sports arena in Seattle to lure NBA and NHL teams, will unveil his proposal at a news conference Thursday, according to two city sources.

Sacramento City Council mostly likely to pass measure to privatize parking assets


"I think we'll get it done," council member Jay Schenirer said. Based on past votes and public comments, most assume "yes" votes will be cast by Angelique Ashby, Steve Cohn and Rob Fong. Mayor Kevin Johnson and Schenirer said they would vote "yes" to request bids for monetization, which makes up the majority of the nine member council.

Chris Webber calls into the Grant Napear show


All Grant wanted was an admission from Chris Webber that he gave the wrong information regarding the arena issue on the TNT broadcast. C-Webb doesn't even give Grant a chance to say anything. There's a link to audio.

Council narrowly rejects placing parking lease plan on ballot


5-4. One swing vote away from this deal being killed, for all intents and purposes. This was a lot closer then I, and probably most of us, thought it would be. Let it be a reminder to not let up now. We need to make sure we flood the inboxes of the councilmembers let them know how much going forward with the ESC means to our city, and pack city hall on 2/14 for the big vote.

Project Arena, Part II: How much will the Kings and NBA pay?


Another great read over at Cowbell Kingdom. This is part two of a three part series. Rob McAllister has done a fantastic keeping us all updated on the ongoing arena effort.

Sacramento Kings owners still waiting


Nine months later, the Maloofs are still waiting for details. They reportedly haven't even been asked how much they're willing to kick in as the anchor tenants. If they're expected to contribute $80 million to $110 million, as the Sacramento Business Journal recently speculated, there won't be a new arena. They don't have it. It's not surprising that it's difficult to find anyone who believes the financial term sheet for the proposed $406 million sports and entertainment complex in downtown Sacramento – detailing the various public and private contributions toward the project – will be in place by March 1. Saucy stikes again!

Council Postpones Discussion of Ballot Measure for Arena Funding Plan


Sheedy said she postponed her request for the discussion because Councilman Rob Fong was absent from Tuesday's council meeting and she wanted the entire council to weigh in on her proposal. Yeah, because that will help.

Andrei Kirilenko is drawing interest from the Jazz & Nets, but both are balking at his 3-yrs. $27...


Andrei Kirilenko is drawing interest from the Jazz & Nets, but both are balking at his 3-yrs. $27 million asking price.

Brooklyn sports journalist Michael Scotto's twitter Chad Ford backs this up, adding that it is a 3 year, $26.5 million demand, and adds the Kings to teams interested, but so far no teams have bit on that price.

Nets promised Kirilenko if Howard is traded


According to sources close to the New Jersey Nets, Mikhail Prokhorov, the owner of the New Jersey Nets, promised to Dwight Howard that the Nets will acquire Andrei Kirilenko if Orlando trades him. Not surprising.

Rotoworld.com: Andrei Kirilenko news


Andrei Kirilenko (broken nose) returned to action in Russia on Saturday, playing seven minutes with a protective mask. AK was 0-of-3 from the field and obviously didn't look too sharp, but at least he's healthy after his scary injury. As an overseas player with the option to return to the NBA, he's a sneaky off-the-grid free agent. The Kings and Pacers have recently inquired about signing him, but he seems to prefer big-market teams (Lakers, Clippers, Nets).

FOX 40 interviews Sacramento City councilmember Sandy Sheedy, who defends her "push" poll.


FOX 40 interviews Sacramento City councilmember Sandy Sheedy, who defends her "push" poll.

Downtown Arena Developer ‘Encouraged’ By Project’s Progress


In an interview with CBS13′s Koula Gianulias, Sacramento developer David Taylor said Thursday that he’s upgraded the probability of the facility actually being built to "50-50." Video of the interview is available.

NPR's State of the Re:union: Sacramento, CA


Great piece I heard on NPR Monday morning. Segment B contains a narrative re-living our fight to keep the Kings and the ongoing arena saga. It was very well done, and if you haven't listened to it yet, I encourage you to take a few minutes to. You can also find the podcast on iTunes.

Marcos Breton: Arena plan could help pull Sacramento out of the doldrums


"You say you're upset over talk of Sacramento spending up to $550,000 on consultants to study an arena plan? You think it's money Sacramento should spend on cops? OK. Putting aside that were talking about using parking funds and money for capital improvements, let's say you spend it on cops. How do you keep those cops once the money is spent? You don't." I sense a SacBee comment battle coming on...

Keeping Kings in town tiny part of Johnson's new arena goal


The regional support we have seen the past few months is remarkable. "Think BIG" is comprised of community leaders, elected officials, business owners and labor leaders from across six counties. For months, they have worked together in the trenches. In the upcoming months between now and the holidays, our "Think BIG" team will finalize the funding options. And from January to March, we will negotiate agreements with relevant parties as we prepare to break ground and pour concrete in Sacramento's downtown rail yards redevelopment site.

Three respected Sacramento voices discuss the woes of Power Balance Pavilion, rate Mayor Kevin...

Three respected Sacramento voices discuss the woes of Power Balance Pavilion, rate Mayor Kevin Jonhson’s leadership and offer their predictions on the likelihood of success in efforts toward building a replacement sports and entertainment complex on an hour-long special on the Access Sacramento show (Comcast Channel 17). The panel consisted of Marcos Breton, of the Sacramento Bee, Sam Amick, of SI.com, and Eric Hogue of News Talk 1380. The show aired at 8 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 24 on Comcast 17. The show News Forward is sponsored by The Sacramento Press Club and Access Sacramento. It’s hosted by The Bee’s Ed Fletcher. I recorded it for those of you who may have missed it. No breaking news or anything here, but it was an interesting and in-depth discussion that I figured my STR friends would want to watch. Enjoy.

Surcharges at new Kings arena could raise $20 million a year, report says


"Surcharges on everything from tickets to hot dogs could raise as much as $20 million a year toward construction of a new downtown Sacramento sports arena, Mayor Kevin Johnson's task force said today. Those user fees could wind up generating more than half the money needed to pay for the arena, according to a report released today by the Think Big Sacramento task force."

Kings Arena Update: Kevin Johnson working with Ron Burkle’s right hand man


Interesting article at ProBasketBall talk about all the connections between KJ, the Here We Build committee, Burkle, and the Maloofs and what it may all mean. Some of it you may already know all of this, but I found it to be pretty insightful.

Viewpoints: Game plan: Build arena for sports, entertainment


Great article by local conservative talk show host Eric Hogue. "To those who would suggest that we shouldn't build an arena because we're cutting services like fire and police protection, the fact is we must build an entertainment complex so that we can stop having to make those cuts. Sacramento needs to create a new revenue stream – a catalyst that stimulates private sector growth and the resulting public sector income. A sports and entertainment complex will do just that through increased development, new business and additional jobs."

Railyard Cleanup Likely Not A Big Hurdle For Downtown Arena


Interesting article as it relates to to environmental issues of the site where the arena will be built. "The city has already conducted an environmental impact analysis regarding future development at the site. But if an arena project does advance, the city/developers may have to prepare another extensive environmental review of the facility itself–a process that could add some delays or challenges to putting the development on a fast-track."

Kings Relocation: The Cost of Freedom


How much money really do the Maloofs stand to gain by moving to Anaheim? With a little math using the known-financial data available to us from various sources, we can come up with a rough estimate.

Regional meeting on Kings expected Friday


Regional leaders are expected to meet Friday for an update on efforts to keep the Sacramento Kings here, but talk about financing a new arena will be postponed until the National Basketball Association announces whether the team will stay, it was reported Wednesday.

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