Battle to bring Sacramento Kings to Anaheim heads to NBA owners

Fans of the Sacramento Kings hold up signs against the Los Angeles Lakers on April 13, 2011 at Power Balance Pavilion in Sacramento, California.
Fans of the Sacramento Kings hold up signs against the Los Angeles Lakers on April 13, 2011 at Power Balance Pavilion in Sacramento, California. Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images

The NBA team owners in New York heard from both Anaheim and Sacramento about whether the Sacramento Kings should move to Anaheim.

Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson tried to persuade the NBA owners that his city is a viable basketball market.

His proof? The Kings sold out every game in 19 of their 26 seasons in the California capital.

Johnson said the city is committed to replacing the outdated Power Balance Pavilion – and now has $7 million in corporate sponsorship pledges.

And he said one of the co-owners of hockey’s Pittsburgh Penguins – L.A. Democratic fundraiser Ronald Burkle – is interested in buying a team and moving it to Sacramento, or maybe buying the Kings and keeping them there.

A Kings spokesman says the Maloof brothers, who own the Kings, aren’t selling.

Anaheim’s mayor also spoke to the NBA owners, telling them his city is ready for and excited about having an NBA team, and that it has the market to support a team.

A majority vote by the NBA owners would send the Sacramento Kings to Anaheim.

The Maloofs have until Monday to present the league owners with a formal request to move.

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