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Wednesday, March 23rd, 2011 at 9:30 am  |  12 responses

Kevin Johnson: Kings’ Move ‘Feels Like a Slow Death’

Sacramento is on the verge of losing its pro hoops team, and the city’s mayor tells the world how much it hurts. The AP has the quotes: “In a strongly worded blog posted on his website Tuesday night, Mayor and former NBA player Kevin Johnson wrote the franchise’s possible relocation to Anaheim ‘feels like a slow death’ and this “will likely be the Kings’ final weeks in Sacramento after 26 years.’ Johnson met with Kings owners Joe and Gavin Maloof last month and has believed since that the Kings will leave after this season. After years of not receiving public dollars to build a new arena in Sacramento, the Maloofs began discussions with Anaheim officials about relocating the franchise to Orange County. An attorney representing the Kings also filed for at least four federal trademarks registrations: Anaheim Royals, Anaheim Royals of Southern California, Orange County Royals and Los Angeles Royals. The well-traveled franchise was previously named the Rochester Royals and Cincinnati Royals.”

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  • http://www.anaheimroyalty.com Anaheim Royalty

    the Anaheim mayor had a completely different reaction saying he was excited about the progress. Go Royals!

  • http://slamonline.com AlbertBarr

    ^f*ck off.

  • treetrunks

    this is the weirdest thing about American sports..teams moving from cities to cities…no soul…

  • hillbilly

    Re: Kevin Johnson: Kings’ Move a ‘Feels Slow Death’…Is this an actual headline or is it some kind of Soul Train Scramble Board-type puzzle? Seriously…WTF?

  • http://dodgers.com Joey E.

    i lived up there for a year, 1999-2000. they love the kings so much. i feel bad. but i live in L.A. so another team down here is pretty cool. i dont get league pass so thats another 82 i get to watch

  • http://www.anaheimroyalty.com omri_themummy

    Anaheim Royalty, here we come.

  • Toronto

    The Maloofs are making a calculated business decision. This move will make them a lot of money from increased ticket sales and luxury suites. At the end of the day, it’s business. Professional sports = business. My heart goes out to some of the best fans in pro sports in America, but I have to ask: why doesn’t Sacramento go into the hole for this arena? The city counsellors must known that they’d lose the team without an agreement using public dollars. I don’t really like what the Maloofs are doing, as the city has supported the team, even with all the losing; a truly passionate fan base. But I understand.

  • http://slamonline.com AlbertBarr

    The city of Sacramento is one of, if not the hardest hit city by the housing market crash. That, and many more reasons, plays into the difficulty of getting an arena deal done. @Omri_themummy ^ f*ck off. (Full Disclosure: I am now going into full blown hater mode against anyone who wants the Kings to move to Anaheim)

  • kz

    why does LA need a third franchise…and dont tell me anaheim is not LA…they 30 minutes apart

  • derk

    3 teams in 1 area, where 90% of the fans are flakes? Sounds dumb. There are a really small number of real sports fans in SoCal.

  • http://HOTMAIL.COM STEVIE GEE

    Never thought I would see the day the kings playing in another city! Hard to fathom it, there are alot of broken hearts filled with betrayal here. We don’t deserve this! LOYALTY IS ROYALTY!!!!!

  • jadamang

    ANAHIEM ROYALS,LOS ANGELES ROYALS,OC ROYALS WTF????IT DOESNT EVEN SOUND like an nba team….i guess it wont matter much since everyone will forget about them as soon as they move in lakers rest room….. poor move

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