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Sacramento Kings

Sacramento’s NBA team, the Kings, play at Sleep Train Arena in Natomas.

After some drama between Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson and the Maloof brothers, who own the Kings, the team is staying in California for the 2012-2013 season.

The NBA officially announced on Jan. 21 that an ownership group in Seattle made a $525 million offer to buy the Kings, something that had been rumored for weeks. To read more about what Sacramento has done since then to counteroffer the deal, click here

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We’ve seen the concept drawings for a state-of-the-art “indoor-outdoor” sports complex. Now, Kings executives submitted a site plan for Sacramento City Council review.

The plans would keep many downtown Sacramento staples—like the parking garage—Macy’s on 5th and l Streets, the travelers building on 5th and J Streets, along with the Church of Scientology and a few more.

But the southeast quadrant of the downtown plaza is out of here, replaced with a one million square foot, $448 million sports complex, more than double the size of Sleep Train Arena.

Included in the three phase design plan: a 250-room hotel, 550-units of residential housing, and more than 800,000 square feet of commercial, office and retail space.


Nick Miller never thought someone on Twitter would nickname him a public enemy.

“It’s too personal. That’s not even sportsmanlike” says Miller, journalist and co-editor of Sacramento News & Review.

Miller received a tweet, which outright called him a “real snarky jerk” last week, which was just one of many responses he got from readers who read the Op-Ed piece he wrote for the paper.

“I’m like hold on a second, are we not allowed to explore both sides of this debate? Do we have to be cheerleaders for the Kings?” Miller said.

Apparently so, he says, pointing out that a healthy public debate about a new arena potentially coming to downtown is non-existent. And, he blames the media, arguing that most journalists are pro-Kings and pro-Arena.

At the City Manager’s office Friday, officials told us few media outlets have even questioned the transportation plan that would surround a new downtown arena.

“It’s very much something that were still working on” said arena project manager Desmond Parrington.

And, even though the project is still in the works, Miller has questions, like will the city end up paying for it? According to public documents, would not have to pay more than what was already agreed upon, $258 million.

And Miller says, anyone who isn’t on board with that might end up being labeled ‘public enemy’.

Ben Deci reports from Capitol Mall, where the Sacramento Kings are set to host Rhythm ‘N Rims.


Construction on a temporary downtown King’s stadium began Friday morning  ahead of the Sacramento King’s 2nd annual Rhythm and Rim’s event.

The temporary bleachers will hold close to 3,000 people as the King’s play in a scrimmage against each other Sunday.

“We wanted folks to understand that the Kings are a part of this community and that it is important for us to give feedback” said Debbie Gabelich with the Kings.

More than 2,500 people will walk five kilometers Sunday morning to raise money for more than a dozen non-profits. By 10 a.m., ‘Fan Fest’ will begin.

Kings fans are invited to join dozens of activities and live music.

At 11:30 a.m., the players will take to the court, each one of them representing a non-profit organization.

Tickets for the scrimmage are limited and will be given out on a first come, first serve basis Sunday morning at 10 a.m. near 9th Street and Capitol Mall.

Road closures include 8th-10th and N-L. The Kings are expected to be cleared from the area entirely by 6 a.m. Monday morning.


Longtime Sacramento Kings fan Barbara Rust, known as Sign Lady, has been diagnosed with breast cancer.

Rust’s husband, Niko, posted a letter to Twitter Thursday night confirming that a biopsy revealed that Barbara has breast cancer. However, the letter also revealed that an MRI showed that the tumor has not spread anywhere else, and that Barbara is set to have surgery soon to remove it.

The letter reads: “We are in for a battle, but I promise we will do everything possible to BEAT this. That’s where you come in…we believe that the power of love can overcome all obstacles. We would really appreciate receiving any positive thoughts, energy & prayers that may assist our family in the healing process.”

The Rusts have been passionate Sacramento Kings fans for a long time. They have been indicted into the Kings’ 6th Man Hall of Fame, reserved for especially devoted fans. Images of Barbara holding signs have been used in video messages from the Kings.

Anyone who wishes to send well wishes can post to Twitter using #LoveForSignLady.

Ruben Dominguez filed this report.


Vivek Ranadive, Mayor Kevin Johnson and Mark Friedman address the media after the NBA Board of Governors vote to keep the Kings in Sacramento. May 2013
Courtesy: NBA


Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson announced Friday morning the Kings deal is “signed, sealed and delivered.”

The mayor will hold a news conference at city hall tentatively scheduled at 10 a.m. Friday.

During an interview Friday morning, Mayor Johnson confirmed a deal between the Maloof brothers and the Sacramento investor group had reached.

“Couldn’t sleep last night, … we did it, we did what other people said we couldn’t do,” said Mayor Johnson.

We’ll air Friday’s press conference live on FOX40 and

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Sacramento and Seattle fans being chummy at the Board of Governors meeting in Dallas.


The NBA Board of Governor’s meeting in Dallas has ended. The board is expected to rule on the Kings’ fate.

Both Sacramento and Seattle made one last pitch for their city.

Watch NBA Commissioner David Stern’s comments right here. Representatives from Sacramento and Seattle are also expected to talk.

Watch a live stream of it here-

Lonnie Wong was there to report on the Kings’ first-ever game in Sacramento in 1985.

In Search of Die-Hard Kings FansSACRAMENTO-

Fans of Kevin Johnson and his “KJ7″ shoe have until Monday at noon to submit a video on why they think the Kings should stay in Sacramento.

Johnson and Fila announced the reissue of his shoe for 2014 last week.

The top 10 winners of the “Last Word” contest, selected by Johnson’s Think Big Sacramento committee, will win a $500 gift card from Fila.

Click here to learn more about the contest and to submit your own video.

The “Last Word” contest ends just days before the Kings’ final game of the 2012-2013 season. If the team ends up moving, it would be their final game in Sacramento.

For Wednesday’s game against the Los Angeles Clippers, fewer than 2,000 tickets remain.