I am a frequent commenter on the site, but don't make fan posts that often. I am by heart a Warriors fan, but I have recently fallen in love with the fan base and the development of the team. I don't want to appear as a bandwagon fan as that is not my intention, but after hearing about Here We Stay and all the other fan's ventures, I have become very passionate about this team.
Things have looked pretty desperate for awhile, but now hope has arrived. We've heard about C-Webb's efforts and also about new beacon of hope, Ron Burkle. From what I've read, it seems like the rest of the league is very against the move. Lakers lose 10% of this huge 5 Billion dollar televison deal. The Clippers potentially lose fans and become even less relevant. The Golden State Warriors, Chicago Bulls, New York Knicks and New Jersey Nets were reported by Marc Spears to be against the move as well. I know that's not enough, but I have faith that more teams are against it too.
Another thing going in Sacramento's favor is the huge debts the Maloofs must pay if they do move. That alone will make the Maloofs think twice about moving. There's a 30M relocation fee and a 70M loan to repay the city. All that to move to an 18 year old building with no legitimate practice facility.
If the Maloofs lose the vote, I can't imagine them coming back to Sacramento. they've alienated the fan base that's stuck by them so long. I mean of course everyone would be happy that the team is back, but they have broken the fan's trust. The damage is done and I don't see how they can come back and have things even be the same as before. They've put all their eggs in the LA basket, the ultimate insult to the city of Sacramento. They've practically sold their souls to the devil. If I was them, I'd have no choice, but to sell.
Despite the stadium, Sacramento has a lot to offer: great market, young and up and coming team that'll be in the playoffs within 3 years, loyal and dedicated fan base,and more cap space than any team in the league.
This would be the best case scenario. The Maloofs get a ton of money to invest in future business ventures. Ron Burkle owns a quickly rising young team in the declining and aging western conference. Burke also inherits the excellent fan base. A fan base, which will love him unconditionally for saving the team. A fan base that has rekindled the fire and passion. The city gets their team back and an owner that wants to keep the team there. In addition, the city and fans get an owner who wants to update the outdated arena which'll be a big attraction for concerts, and other events.Now the Kings are cooking with gas!
You may say I'm a dreamer, but I'm not the only one...