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Huh...can't say I saw this one coming...

Sources: Sacramento Kings may move to Virginia Beach, arena deal in the works


    The owners of the Sacramento Kings, an NBA franchise, and officials from Philadelphia-based Comcast-Spectacor are expected to be in Virginia Beach Tuesday to propose moving the team to the resort city and for Comcast to help build and lease a new pro sports arena.

    A deal between the Maloof family, which owns the Sacramento Kings, and the city of Sacramento for a $391 million entertainment complex fell apart three months ago and it has been reported that the owners are looking for a city for their franchise.

    Media giant Comcast will guarantee a 25-year lease on a new arena, supposedly for naming rights and for broadcasting the games, sources said. Comcast owns NBC and Global Spectrum, which operates arenas and stadiums across the country including the Ted Constant Convocation Center at Old Dominion University.

    City officials and the Maloof family are expected to announce Wednesday that the Kings will land in Virginia Beach, sources said.


Anxiously awaiting CRZ's thoughts on this.

I'm sad to see this. The Lakers/Kings rivalry was the best of the early 00's.




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Follow up reports are suggesting Kings to Virgina is way premature. Kings are denying they've talked to them. That can be true and the original story true - they're not supposed to talk until next week.

It sounds like the Kings are shopping themselves around to any city who will talk to them and might be able to give them the sweetheart arena deal the ownership desperately wants (and probably needs to keep control of the team), but this leak seems like someone from the Virgina side leaking it to gauge public reaction.



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    Originally posted by thecubsfan
    this leak seems like someone from the Virgina side leaking it to gauge public reaction.


There's that, and if they are trying to get the arena built without a team (here in Seattle it's "team first, arena second") they are probably thinking that dropping the Kings' name in the mix is a way to say "see...we could MAYBE get the NBA if we had this arena..."

Even if it got that far, I can't see the Board of Governors picking Virginia over Anaheim, Seattle, or Kansas City.



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As a former Hampton Roads resident, I can't see an NBA team being successful. An NFL team? yes. A Nascar event? yes.

If they could easily draw from Richmond/Williamsburg/Northern NC, maybe, but I don't know how those people could easily get to Norfolk/Va Beach for a 7 PM tip off, given how bad the traffic can be trying to get through the tunnel at rush hour.

I also wonder about the transient nature of the population base and if they would support a team instead of the team from their original home town.



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Couldn't the Wizards or 76ers cry territorial rights over such a move?



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#6 Posted on | Instant Rating: 8.21
    Originally posted by Big Bad
    Couldn't the Wizards or 76ers cry territorial rights over such a move?

In a google search on the subject, I came across this article that was about the Warriors moving to San Francisco (and theorizing that it might be an effort to keep Larry Ellison from buying a team and potentially moving it to San Jose):
    Originally posted by http://nbcbayarea.csnbayarea.com/05/23/12/Stern-addresses-possibility-of-two-NBA-t/nbcbay_landing.html?blockID=712726

    Warriors owner Joe Lacob has said in the past that he doesn’t believe the NBA would allow another team into the Bay Area – that the Warriors’ own all of the Bay Area’s territorial rights – but that’s not the case.

    First off, there are no territorial rights when it comes to the NBA. Stern confirmed that on Tuesday at the Warriors’ press conference to announce intentions to move to San Francisco.

    Secondly, when Stern was asked whether he ever gave any assurances to Lacob that the Bay Area would always be a one-team city, he answered this way: “The only answer I give to everybody, including you, is that there is a provision in our constitution and bylaws, which provide that any team can move and requires a majority vote of the Board of Governors. And that’s it.
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    Originally posted by odessasteps

    As a former Hampton Roads resident, I can't see an NBA team being successful. An NFL team? yes. A Nascar event? yes.

    If they could easily draw from Richmond/Williamsburg/Northern NC, maybe, but I don't know how those people could easily get to Norfolk/Va Beach for a 7 PM tip off, given how bad the traffic can be trying to get through the tunnel at rush hour.

    I also wonder about the transient nature of the population base and if they would support a team instead of the team from their original home town.


As a current Hampton Roads resident, I would be excited about the idea of the Kings (or another NBA team) moving here, but I also agree with this assessment.

The joke around here is that one of the first questions you ask when you meet someone is, "Where are you from?" Because it seems most residents of the Hampton Roads area aren't originally from Hampton Roads.

And in regard to the traffic issue, I agree wholeheartedly. Some SERIOUS modification and renovation would have to be done to relieve the logjams on the other side of the river (I live in Suffolk, so to me VB's "the other side of the river") in order for a major-league team to thrive here.

And the Scope isn't that far from Harbor Park, so on days in which the Kings and Tides both play:

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Having said that: If the Kings become successful in VB, I can see them developing a rabid and passionate fanbase. VCU was all anyone was talking about when they made it to the Final Four, and they're based all the way up in Richmond.

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I grew to know a bunch of people from NYC/Jersey who said they ended up in Hampton Roads because it was the first city going south from the metropolis that had "good/different weather" than the Northeast.

Of course, you have all the military folks.

I was surprised what a huge fanbase there was there for the Steelers. I understood the Redskins (closest/historical ties to the region), but I guess once the Colts moved, Pittsburgh would have been the closest AFC city (plus, many transplants).



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