Sacramento Kings Likely to Arrive in Anaheim in 2012
"The Kings are going to Anaheim". This statement was only the bookend to a series of opinions and claims from long time radio broadcaster and new Sacramento area resident Don Geronimo on Sacramento Kings flagship radio station KHTK 1140 AM. Geronimo made the comparison to a family going through a divorce in relation to the city and the team.
An increasing number of headlines in association with negotiations with the owner of the Honda Center in Anaheim shifts the compass in the direction of a move for the Sacramento Kings NBA Franchise. The next move that is critical is for the NBA owners to vote against the move in the vote required by the NBA.
The Maloof family of ownership has been contemplating a move for years with the lack of a viable arena in California’s capital and a strained relationship with the city through many failed negotiations.
Henry Samueli is the owner of the Anaheim Ducks NHL franchise and the Honda Center. Henry has prepared to offer a $100 million dollar to the Maloofs to cover the costs of moving which includes a $30 million relocation fee.
On March 6th Mayor Johnson acknowledged that “the likelihood of them leaving is probably greater than them staying.” The Mayor of Sacramento and former NBA player Kevin Johnson has done almost anything thinkable to keep negotiations constant to keep the Kings in Sacramento.
Sacramento is the twentieth largest metropolitan area in the country with around two million residents within the Sacramento area.
As to the question of the city of Anaheim’s ability to support what amounts to a third NBA team in the Los Angeles area there is a lot of support. AM 830 KLAA radio morning host Roger Lodge of the Sports Lodge received a lot of phone in support from Angels and Ducks fans that would be eager to see professional basketball in Orange County rather than driving to the Los Angeles Staples Center.
Both the Angels and Ducks are among the league leaders in attendance. The location of the Honda Center would be a prime location for what is often called the “Orange Curtain” for those that prefer not to travel into Los Angeles County for entertainment.
Eric Carpenter of the Orange County Register recognized a stipulation in the Honda Center contract that would require the team name to begin with Anaheim. Therefore Los Angeles would not be in the name.
Fans of 25 years of Sacramento Kings have found it hard to be a part of a fleeting franchise with less than eight weeks left in the capital city of California.