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Kings fans’ fight for their team goes public
Posted By HOOPSWORLD On April 16, 2013 @ 10:00 pm In Wirenews | Comments Disabled
by Sean Highkin, USA TODAY Sports
Time is running out in the fight to keep the Sacramento Kings from relocating to Seattle, so the team’s supporters are taking the fight to as big an audience as they can. According to the Sacramento Bee, a group of Kings fans paid about $10,000 to produce a 30-second spot, which will run every five minutes for 72 hours at Times Square in New York City starting Tuesday.
The timing here is crucial: the NBA’s Board of Governors meets in New York on Friday to consider the competing bids to buy the Kings from the Maloofs. Sacramento mayor Kevin Johnson has put together a group led by Indian software tycoon Vivek Ranadive, which has presented an offer that’s competitive with the one from the group led by hedge-fund manager Chris Hansen. Hansen’s group wants to move the team to a new arena being built in Seattle. He recently raised his group’s offer for the team by $25 million.
Both fanbases have been extremely vocal since this saga began several years ago. Seattle fans produced an independent documentary called SonicsGate, which detailed the shady circumstances behind the SuperSonics’ move to Oklahoma City in 2008. Kings fans, meanwhile, have organized a widespread grassroots campaign that played a part in derailing one prospective move to Anaheim in 2011, as well as generating support for a recently agreed-on new downtown arena. This Times Square ad is exactly characteristic of their approach to the fight.
(Thanks to Trey Kerby of the Basketball Jones for bringing this to our attention.)
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