Tuesday, September 21st, 2010 at 11:00 am  |  23 responses

Kings to Lose the ‘Arco’ in Arco Arena

The partnership between Sacramento’s hoops team and the oil company under whose name they play in is coming to an end. From the Sac Bee: “After a quarter century, the Arco name is coming down from the arena that houses the Sacramento  Kings, forcing the struggling basketball team to scramble in tough times to find a replacement sponsor. The Kings’ contract with the Arco oil company will expire in February, but company officials say the Arco Arena name will remain in place through the end of the upcoming season. The parting of ways comes at a difficult moment for the Kings, with fewer and fewer businesses willing or able to dole out the millions of dollars that major league naming- rights deals typically draw. Arco Arena itself has taken a public relations hit in the past few years — characterized by the National Basketball Association as an aging, inadequate facility that needs to be replaced. The NBA faces player contract negotiations next year, with the possibility that a labor stalemate could cause a lockout, further reducing the advertising value of basketball arenas.”

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  • http://brimartin13@gmail.com Brion

    We’ll let them play at Key Arena if they change their name to the Sonics!!

  • http://twitter.com/HarryByrdMan44 LA Huey

    co-sign Brion

  • JoeMaMa

    Sacramento to lose the ‘Kings’ in Sacramento.

  • http://swagteam.org Breeze

    Yes go to seattle and lose some more

  • k

    Or they could move them to Vegas and build an Arena on the Palms property.

  • hammer

    @ least sacto still has a b-ball team. Bring back the sonics. Miss the blazers/sonics rivalry

  • http://www.ripcityreport.com Xavier G

    I like the Idea of having a Las Vegas Team

  • http://brimartin13@gmail.com Brion

    @Breeze, “go to Seattle and lose some more”, Seattle built the team that now will be challenging the Lakers in the west,(OKC). We were on the right track to rebuilding OUR team til it was snatched from us.

  • dma

    Kansas City is calling.

  • miller126

    @dma Yes! Kansas City has an awesome, new state of the art arena in a great location, The Sprint Center is top notch!

  • http://slamonline.com AlbertBarr

    Sacramento just needs to sack up and help pay for a new arena in the downtown area…more people would see the games in down years because the location would be better. No one wants to drive a half hour into the rice fields to watch a re-building team. But they might go downtown to watch them, cause then at least there are other things to do before and after and public transit.


    Kings should stay in Sacramento.

  • http://twitter.com/HarryByrdMan44 LA Huey

    I’m from Seattle and I’ll admit a move to KC would be just and more profitable.

  • http://www.need4sheed.com Tarzan Cooper

    BRING THE KINGS BACK TO KC!!! We have a brand new stadium, kings are on the rise with reke and big cuz, do it!

  • Rzavwa

    Yes, please bring back the Sonics! The NBA just hasn’t felt the same since they were stolen.

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  • shone jones

    KC!!!! KC!!! KC!!!



  • http://Slamonline.com Caboose

    I live in Sacramento and I can say that we really do love our Kings..when they’re doing well. As soon as the Kings make the playoffs, we’ll easily vote to build a new arena. Whether or not they stick around that long is the question…

  • http://thetroyblog.com Teddy-the-Bear

    I think they should just go with “Arena.” Has a nice ring to it.

  • http://Slamonline.com Pippen Ain’t Easy

    also in the news: Sacramento Kings moving to the WNBA; renamed Queens

  • JoeMaMa

    Kansas City is getting greedy. They already have a minor league baseball team.

  • http://facebook D00M

    They love basketball in KC.