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Wednesday, February 9th, 2011 at 2:22 pm  |  18 responses

Video: Goodbye ARCO, Hello Power Balance

On Monday, crews began taking down signs on the venue currently known as ARCO Arena. A spokesperson for Maloof Sports & Entertainment says the new signs featuring the venue’s new sponsor, Power Balance, will use 90 percent less energy than the existing signs. And as far as street and highway signs that still feature the oil and gas company’s name, MS&E says they are working with Sacramento city officials and the California Department of Transportation to replace them. The venue officially becomes Power Balance Pavilion on March 1st.

And now, a video of the momentous (or not) event:

H/T – DSD

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  • Red

    The same Power Balance that doesn’t deliver what it says it does? Reminds me of the kings..

  • Silverselectjd

    I guess the Power Balance issues in Australia didn’t cross the ocean to the US?

  • http://www.michaelcho.com M Cho

    Power Balance is shaaaaaddddyyyy.

  • http://slamonline.com walt williams

    But, but, Kobe wears two of em!

  • http://4point0show.com Wes

    I actually worked with Powerbalance all summer. The product definitely does something. The incident in Australia was a matter of their consumer laws being different than in the U.S. so different wording was required in order for them to continue selling the product.
    They offered refunds to anyone who felt they’d been misled and because people only read headlines, and the actual stories, the word spread that it was a scam.
    I wasnt aware Powerbalance had THAT kind of money, but they DID pay well…

  • Binaural

    @Wes: then you are a scammer and a liar. The reason Powerbalance was taken off the market (and made to REFUND all monies) in Australia was because the Australian Consumer Commission determined it was a scam – not a single one of the various claims made for the product could be proven to be true.

    If you don’t believe me, try this article from probably Australia’s biggest national newspaper:
    http://www.smh.com.au/executive-style/fitness/power-balance-bracelets-exposed-as-a-sham-20101223-195u7.html

    Note liberal use of “scam”,”admitted they had no credible evidence” and “just rubber bands with holograms”.

    I hope people don’t get too attached to powerbalance arena, because I’m certain their shady activities will catch up to them at some point.

  • Binaural

    Other points for Wes:

    1. The refund is to everybody, not “those misled”. This refund is required by Australian consumer protection law, it’s not out of the goodness of the blackened heart of Powerbalance.

    2. Given that Powerbalance THEMSELVES admitted under pressure they have no evidence the bands function, how on earth do you think they came up with the claims in the first place? They just made it up, of course. Given that, if you want to say they “do something” apart from separate fools from their money, then you need to give reputable studies proving exactly this. I.e. nothing from Powerbalance themselves.

    Man, it annoys me so much that companies like this are out there scamming and prospering from it.

  • http://slamonline.com The Black Rick Kamla

    ……them cats is workin wit some gwap….where they are getting it from, I got no clue, but they are working with some major gwap

  • http://4point0show.com Wes

    I understand when people feel like you do Binauraul, but sometimes you just have to see it. Jared Dudley was talking about how the Phoenix trainers tested the players with and without the product and found positive results. Most people never actually TRY the product.
    All of these athletes would not be wearing it if they didn’t notice a difference. You have to have something to compare it to as well. You cant just put it on and “feel different.”
    The product has produced noticeable results in me and people I know, but I don’t have scientific data- that’s why EVERYONE was offered a refund. Because it’s always said that on the website. But the laws are different in Australia so you cant use that same language there. I know because I informed people of this when selling the product. Their refund policy is not very complicated at all.
    If you tried it- ran a mile or competed at something you normally do and have an expected result- you would notice a difference. That’s why the players wear them. No one is being paid to wear them. It is what it is, believe it or not.

  • theDankerNuggets

    lol the statue of Saddam Hussain, the Berlin Wall and… Arco Arena

  • http://slamonline.com The Black Rick Kamla

    Wes….stop it. They don’t pay you enough for you to continue playing salesperson over the internet. There is no proof the stuff works….and just because a bunch of athletes feel like ‘well I already wear rubber bands, so one that they say could make me perform better wont hurt’ doesn’t mean I’m supposed to believe it’s gonna improve anything about my daily life…fact is there is no proof that the thing does anything, its simply a placebo and your best sales pitch is completely invalid until its proven otherwise

  • http://slamonline.com The Black Rick Kamla

    on another note, the Kings have just decided to tarnish the last semblence of life the franchise had going for itself. The atmosphere won’t be the same. There was a time when Arco was the most feared gym in the NBA….whose gonna be scared to visit the PowerBalance arena???

  • spit hot fiyah

    lol @ kenny thomas memorial

  • Binaural

    @Wes: You misrepresented my point. The bands were recalled not because of wording, but because they were deemed a straighforward scam. End sentence, full stop. Much like perpetual motion or homeopathic remedies without a single molecule of active ingredient, they were sold as having an effect when in fact they do nothing but add stupidity to your appearance. So no more pretending it was just an anomoly, OK?

    You are running a classic “but it worked for me and my friends!” placebo pitch for your product. If it worked for the suns, then it should work for everyone, and it is straighforward to prove this in the lab. That the manufacturers have not been able or not been bothered is just evidence that they are nothing but a company marketing really expensive rubber bands.

    These things don’t work. Never have. And never will, because they’re just $1 worth of common materials with a collection of nonsense words parading as marketing. “Natural frequencies found in nature” is especially hillarious – frequencies are a property of things, not things in themselves. All frequencies are found in nature, retards. There is such a thing as a ntural frequency, but these guys clearly have no idea what it is.

  • Binaural

    Why do my paragraphs keep disappearing? Arrgghh

  • http://www.gmx.net Darksaber

    Wes getting well and truly owned in here.
    Spin City didn’t quite work this time, “Wes”.

  • http://Slamonline.com Caboose

    We all seem to be missing the point…who on earth would actually WANT Arco Arena? The place is a dump and will go unused within probly 3 years…

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