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NBA votes down Sacramento Kings move to Seattle
A committee of NBA owners has voted unanimously to deny the relocation of the Sacramento Kings to Seattle, seemingly dashing the hopes of investor Chris Hansen and an entire region.
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  • Bubba wrote...
    So freaking...
    stupid. And I don't even LIKE basketball. How many times does Sacramento get to "save" their team anyway?
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  • darrengrama wrote...
    Yeah who cares
    I was never too keen on the idea anyway. After awhile it just got sad at how much Kings "fans" were crying. I just imagine all the jobs that arena would've created now not being there. Se la vi. Kinda who cares?
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  • Sacking4ever wrote...
    Sorry
    They can and will save "their kings" as much as they need. You guys had your chance to keep the sonics but didn't want to raise sales tax to build or refurb that crappy key arena.... That place truly sucks. I feel I'm back in the 70's.
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  • Roark wrote...
    LEt's set the record straight...
    Seattle paid something like $100 Million to remodel Key Arena. The NBA was HAPPY WITH IT...for about 5 years. Then they started letting their pay scale get too crazy and suddenly the Key was a piece of junk again. So instead of giving Seattle a chance to prioritize their spending before committing $500 MIllion to a billionaire's toy while schools and roads were crumbling, the NBA and owner Shultz, "corporate citizen" that they are obviously NOT, set Seattle up to fail. They allowed the sale of the team to a lying hypocrite who NEVER wanted to keep the team in Seattle, who was a buddy of another lying hypocrite David Stern who has all the sudden grown a conscience about yanking a city's team. Far as I'm concerned, I'd love to see the NHL here, but screw the NBA. The owners and the commissioner are all a bunch of self indulgent spoiled brats who don't know anything about honesty and fairness and couldn't care less about the needs of the cities they are in.
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  • Jules of Orcas wrote...
    King's Staying
    Right on, Roark. Screw the NBA. Why anyone would want them back is a mystery to me. Let me get this straight, we build a $500 million arena for a bunch of billionaires go watch a bunch of pampered millionaires play games that will have ticket prices so high that I will NEVER be able to afford to go see them. So why should I care???? I love sports, but this is rediculous!!! The NBA can go spit for all I care. I am betting my last dollar that the NBA will consume itself and choke on its own greed in our life time and I, for one, will be dancing on its grave!!!!!
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  • Hawkin wrote...
    I have no doubt
    that expansion or a relocation of another team will happen within 1 year! Basketball Never Stops, Nike SAID SO!
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  • xXXEarlT=EddRdXXx wrote...
    Complete Crap
    My room mate was just down in Sacramento for the weekend and he said that he saw absolutely no kings gear in the entire city. No posters in bars, flags, jerseys, hats. Based on what he saw, NO ONE in Sacramento besides the Mayor gives a rats @$#* about the kings. Stern is just supporting his baby and continuing to screw a big sports market in Seattle. The fans in Sacramento DON'T CARE about the kings!!! Why should the NBA work to support them when no cares one way or another???
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  • The Live Chicken wrote...
    earlTsomethingsomethingXx
    Yup, I live in Sacramento now and can 100% confirm what you said. There are no banners, no flyers, I see some people wearing a shirt or hat, but not much else. For a city that only has one professional sports team to support they do a piss poor job of it unless the team is winning of course.
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  • saipaner wrote...
    i use to live in the bay area...trust me they do have fans
    Congratulations to Sacramento! Our own radio talk show hosts made fun of Mayor Johnson. I wish he was here as an option to elect. The past few months, all I have heard from arrogant Seattle fans is that Seattle has Sacramento beat in numerous check marks regarding crucial key points: 1. Type of City, 2. Ownership Group, 3. Fans, 4. Stadium Deal, etc., etc. Recap…Sacramento has us beat on the most important level, the political level. Let’s not forget that Seattle and Washington politics played a role in the Sonic’s departure. Sacramento politics along w/CA decided to support Major Johnson’s plan to keep the team. Seattle and WA are only backing the Hanson group due to the fact they Chris is willing to pay for most of the cost, if not all. Money aside, city stature aside, geography aside, etc., etc…those folks in the middle of nowhere have us beat. Heck, the folks in Oklahoma beat us. It’s clearly not about all the nice and great things that we have in Seattle and the Pacific Northwest. Forget that we in the top 20 markets for sports. When all else fails…the NBA can always rely on local government for assistance…actual owners have the most to lose should Hanson become an owner. How many owners would like the idea that an actual owner is willing to pay for everything? Their perfect world consists of using local government to pay for costs, as much as possible. Two wrongs don’t make right…I wanted the NBA back up here…I was hoping to be proven wrong.
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  • Eta Huinya wrote...
    saipaner
    The only level that SacTown has ever had on Seattle was the obviously hypocritical and two faced POC named Stern. Stern knows he and his little slime ball buddy Bennett were torn apart in the Seattle area for their blatant collusion in hijacking the Sonics; and they hate us for that fact. As a born PNW fan I honestly didn't want to 'steal' another cities team like Seattle has had happen, but I also do not appreciate or respect the backstabbing Stern has been doing to Seattle behind the scenes. [p] The truth of the matter is that Stern has painted himself and the NBA into a corner that he is going to find out is VERY expensive in the long run. I can only imagine what sort of lawsuit Hansen will be filing against Stern for violating a legally binding contract.
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  • dangerman1973 wrote...
    @Eta Huinya
    I agree. I hope Hansen fines the NBA real good. David Stern is a two-faced b*****d who hates the Seattle sports scene and when he retires after this year, I hope he burns in h*** for the cr** he brought to our fair city!
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  • taytrent24 wrote...
    agreed
    cannot...CANNOT wait for stern to retire....the nba will be better off without him
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  • SC Broncos wrote...
    bay area
    Bay Area has some of the worst fans in America. They define fair weather. You could not find anyone with Giants/Niners gear 2 years ago. Niners may sell out everygame, but their fans did not show up to the stadium till People constantly switch being Niner ans Raider fans, as well as A's and Giant fans. Stanford and Cal hardly sell out. SJ Sharks are as good as fans get down here. Sacremento has terrible fans, I go to Sac-town regularly and I do not see any Kings gear. Sacremento is in the dumps with horrible unemployment and the mayor puts all of his effort in bringing a b-ball team back.
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  • SC Broncos wrote...
    message got cut off
    niner fans did not show up till mid 2011, when the seahawks opened that year up down there, I bought 3 tickets for a combined $11, they were 5 rows from the field.
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  • jimindenver wrote...
    NBA Vote
    Boy are you ever right, Seattle has a metro population almost twice that of Sacramento and the city proper is 100,000 more populous than Sacramento, what a stupid move on the NBA's part. I assume you're from the Seattle Market. I live in Denver, but still know that the NBA screwed over the fans in Seattle by allowing that Okie to move the team to Hill Billy OKC Sorry I could not use the words I wanted to because the nannies who run this are offended by certain words.
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  • Sacking4ever wrote...
    Could have saved the sonics
    Sac got the most loyal fans around. You guys may have your puget sound with a few holes in the wall you call cities that support(ed) the sonics. We got from nor-cal to the bay(which tramples your bay) tahoe to the coast. Our fans don't quit. Did u honestly think it would be that easy to take our team.?? Why doesn't Hansen get with the Maloofs and buy a soccer team. ?? I don't think you'll ever get basketball in the Pacific Northwest. Sorry :(
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  • dangerman1973 wrote...
    @Sacking4ever
    YOU'RE WRONG! We support our Sonics as much as your "fans" until that backstabbing jerk David Stern and Clay Bennett duped us my moving to OKC despite our huge efforts to save our Sonics. You should have a reality check, buddy.
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  • bigbertha wrote...
    pffffft sacking4ever
    you know you was on your hands and knees crying your eyes out when when chris hansen camr forward with this. sacramento is a dying city and will be forced to relocate sooner then you think. go down to kj's office and finish ballsacking his nuts..
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  • The Live Chicken wrote...
    Sacking4ever
    Right, Sacramento fans don't quit. Except for the last 6 seasons when you have been consistantly in the bottom ten percent, even last twice, of fan attendance for home games in all of the NBA. The fan base quit on their team because they strung together too many losing seasons, and then only started to "care" when losing the team was imminent. You will go right back to having the worst attendance in the league.
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  • USMC0311 wrote...
    Finally
    Now we can move on. The last thing Seattle needs is more traffic on its already congested and poorly maintained roadways. We already have 2 professional teams that can benefit from investment. Why would anyone want another mediocre sports team in their city?
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  • BlakKat wrote...
    Shut Up
    You are very ignorant and you need to be quiet. Okay, thank you.
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  • flipper wrote...
    Congrats Hansen, Ballmer and Nordstroms
    The lawsuit you file against the NBA will turn that $30 million payment on the Kings into $90 million when trebled for damages.
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  • flipper wrote...
    Sorry..
    ...Hansen group has spent $100 million so far, so $300 Million when trebled. Gee, the NBA could afford an expansion team or teams for that money.
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  • montanamike wrote...
    Why ohh why?
    Screw stern an the NBA I cant believe i let myself get wrapped up in this again. Soo disappointing.....
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  • drittsek wrote...
    Ouch!
    This one really stings. This decision pretty much ensures that the NBA isn't coming back to Seattle anytime soon if ever, unless they commit to expansion in the next year. Highly doubt it. Hope Hansen sues the pants off the league if he doesn't get his deposit back.
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  • Chuck Gould wrote...
    Too bad, but not so sad...
    If the only way we could bring the NBA back to Seattle was to bend over, yet again, for billionaire owners looking for a public handout by means of a publicly financed stadium- then it's just as well that we lost out.

    Bring the NBA back to Key Arena. That supposedly inferior venue seems to be serving the Storm pretty well.

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  • awbitf wrote...
    The problem with Key arena isn't basketball
    but hockey.

    Even with the friendliest lease in the world, NHL would never work there because it simply wasn't designed for it.

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  • Frogsplash wrote...
    And the Storm
    Are being subsidized by the city in reduced rent payments. The building just can't generate the income required even for WNBA.
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  • seer-1 wrote...
    Chuck, get your facts straight.
    This is not a publicly financed stadium but is funded with private money.
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  • saipaner wrote...
    yup
    thats why other owners dont like it
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  • ToldYa wrote...
    WRONG
    its still got the public bent over the barrel for millions.
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  • seer-1 wrote...
    ToldYa
    Is that a fact, tell me just where is the public paying anything for the arena?
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  • jstumbo wrote...
    I guess this is a windfall for the city of Seattle.
    They are going to have an extra $200 million dollars of tax money to spend on other things now that it will not be going to the stadium. Think of all the wonderful things they can do with all that extra cash now. Oh, wait, there is no tax money without the new stadium.
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  • Chuck Gould wrote...
    You really fell for that one? Have I got a deal for you!!
    I'm ready to develop a couple of square blocks in SODO. It will be quite the civic asset. Some nice apartments, top flight retail space at ground level, heck, I'll even throw in a few thousand square feet of publicly accessible green space.

    Now, here's the only problem. I'm $100-million short, at the moment, of the cash needed to pull this off. So, tell you what. Let's have the taxpayers of the City of Seattle give me the money! Oops, did I say "give", oh, no- surely I meant "loan". After all, the City can count on recovering their "loan" over however many years by collecting taxes on the enhanced value of the property and any business done in the retail portion of the development.

    That's the same deal Chris H. was offering. If it made so much sense to finance the establishment of his business with city dollars, it ought to make the same amount of sense to finance the establishment of mine. :-)

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  • Newton wrote...
    Nice Job!. For Sacramento!.
    Billionaires don't need to bag and borrow money from the Citizens of Seattle. Seattle City Council did a poor job of representing King County. Mayor did a poor Job a very poor Job and should be impeached over this. Let the People Vote on all Pro teams. For what ever the reason. From now on.
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  • seer-1 wrote...
    Newton, Vote, Why,
    People don't need to vote when the arena is built with private money like Seattle has ready to go. The mayor and city council were completely behind the new arena. Why wouldn't they be when the arena isn't costing the tax payers or city a dime? why do people post comments when they don't know the facts.
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  • Newton wrote...
    Seer-1 turns a blind Eye!.
    Who bought land from Hansen at triple the price?. Tax Payers. Who was putting up 200 million for what? bond holders the Tax payers. It is the stupid people like yourself that makes me Vomit!. Why not use Key arena?. Because its all about spending money on a new arena!. How many arenas have to sit empty before you get Joe Six pack. How "much" must your Taxes go up before you get it Joe Six Pack. How long! You Idiots!!!.
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  • jstumbo wrote...
    So what is seattle going to use that $200 million now?
    Think of all the projects they can spend it on. Oh wait, Seattle doesn't have the extra $200 million. There is no extra tax money to be spent on other things now.
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  • rubens wrote...
    More disappointment for Seattle sports fans
    When will we stop bending over and inviting dissapointment. For this Seattle sports fan, the NBA is now dead. I will turn off any radio or TV show that talks about it. Stern go troll another City we don't want expansion all we want is to move on happily and forget that the sport even exists. We have 1 team in town to cheer about and all i can Say is GO HAWKS!!!!!.
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  • jstumbo wrote...
    Never was a basketball fan...
    But I know that there are some out there. This looked like a pretty good deal of private/public money to get a team back. Probably the best that any city is going to be able to do. The idea of 100% private money is just not going to happen in this day and age. I would love to just tell the NBA to suck it and laugh when the binding offer from the "new" owners turns out to be much less than what Seattle was offering, and when the stadium fails to be built in Sacramento.
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