HBO Real Sports to Feature Sacramento Kings’ Owner Vivek Ranadive on Tuesday


HBO Real Sports will start its 20th season on Tuesday with a segment dedicated to profiling new Sacramento Kings owner Vivek Ranadive and the story of how he was able to keep the franchise in California’s capital city. More info from our friends at HBO:

REAL SPORTS WITH BRYANT GUMBEL, TV’s most honored sports journalism series and the only sports program recognized last year with a prestigious George Foster Peabody Award, kicks off its 20th season with more enterprising features and reporting when the show’s 202nd edition debuts TUESDAY, JAN. 21 (10:00-11:00 p.m. ET/PT), exclusively on HBO.

Other HBO playdates: Jan. 21 (2:15 a.m.), 23 (noon, 7:00 p.m.), 25 (11:45 p.m.), 26 (8:30 a.m., 5:25 a.m.), 28 (5:15 p.m.) and 31 (9:00 a.m.), and Feb. 3 (8:00 p.m.) and 8 (9:45 a.m.)HBO2 playdates: Jan. 22 (4:45 p.m.), 25  (11:15 a.m.) and 31 (10:45 p.m.), and Feb. 4 (11:00 a.m., 11:00 p.m.), 7 (4:45 p.m.), 9 (3:00 p.m.) and 13 (1:00 p.m., 1:55 a.m.)HBO On Demand® availability: Jan. 27-Feb. 17

Segments include:

Sacramento’s King. In 2011, after rumors began circulating that the Sacramento Kings’ owners, the Maloof family, sought to relocate to Anaheim, city officials began to fight for the team’s future in Sacramento. And in 2013, when it looked like Microsoft’s Steve Ballmer would buy the Kings and move them to Seattle, Sacramento mayor Kevin Johnson, a former NBA player himself, called on software titan Vivek Ranadive for help. Ranadive subsequently outbid Ballmer, paying more than $500 million, a record price, for the Kings and officially rededicated the franchise’s future in Sacramento. REAL SPORTS correspondent Bernard Goldberg goes one-on-one with the savior of Sacramento, and learns more about the man who took valiant strides to keep the Kings there.