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Where the Sacramento Kings should move: Kansas City

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With the news of Seattle getting an NBA arena, speculation is abundant about which team will move to fill it, or whether it will be an expansion team.

While teams like Milwaukee and Memphis seem like possibilities, there is one obvious candidate at the top of the list: The Sacramento Kings. To make a long story short, the Maloof brothers’ financial situation is a mess because they owe big money to the city of Sacramento and the NBA and the team doesn’t sell enough tickets in their arena to pay it off. So why don’t they sell to pay off their loans? Because after squandering the family fortune in the last decade, this is all they have left. After selling the team and paying off their bills, if they even get paid enough for their franchise to do it, they won’t have any money left over. The ride will be over. Reportedly they turned down a 400 million dollar offer from the Chris Hansen led Seattle ownership group that’s building the arena.

What they really want to do is move the team, sell out the stadium in the new city for a few years while there is excitement about the NBA coming to town, then use this money to pay off their bills. That’s why you rumors about places like Virginia Beach, after trying to move to Anaheim shortly ago. There’s likely no way the NBA would let them move to Virginia Beach, but what it shows is that the Maloofs desperately want this move and profit plan.

There’s a perfect place and a perfect storybook ending to this: Move them to Kansas City. Not only did Kansas City build an arena in 2007 early able to host an NBA or NHL to try and lure a team and has been waiting for an owner willing to buy and move one there since, but even better, they used to have the Kings! The Kings franchise originated as the Rochester Royals in 1945-1946, relocated and became the Cincinatti Royals in 1957-1958, then relocated to the Kansas City-Omaha Kings in 1972-1973, before removing Omaha and just becoming the Kansas City Kings in 1975-1976, before finally settling into their present location as the Sacramento Kings as 1985-1986. Moving the Kings back to Kansas City is the natural resting place for this team and allowing those who remembered the KC Kings to bring back their jerseys and nostalgia, while the old players get tribute. Almost certainly, the Maloofs sell out the hungry basketball fanbase and large population of of Kansas City (est. 2.1 million) early in their run, helping them financially while they get to keep the team.

Is there a hold-up? There are likely two major issues. One is that the Maloofs actually need money to relocate the team. This perhaps could be helped by the city of Kansas City, who already paid enough to build an arena early just to get a team, so what’s a little more to loan to lock it in? Secondly, the NBA has to green light the decision. They’d probably be much happier to see the Maloofs sell and get out of their hair, but I can’t imagine David Stern would be too upset about Kansas City finally getting that NBA team, especially one with historical roots to the Kings.

So where does the Supersonics franchise get their team if the Kings moved to KC? Well sooner or later someone will budge, even if they have to wait some time. I think it’d be a failure for Stern to let the Milwaukee Bucks move with all their history, but if the Supersonics could move originally as a former NBA champion, who knows what could happen. The Supersonics could very well end up an expansion team. Nevertheless, I believe it makes more sense for the Kings to be moved to Kansas City than to Seattle.

Written by jr.

September 14, 2012 at 7:28 pm

Posted in Basketball

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