This article is exactly why we renamed ourselves from #FANS to Crown Downtown and use the hashtags of #BiggerThanBasketball and #BestInTheWorld.
This past April, Mayor Kevin Johnson told us at the Sacramento International Airport, "Don't give up."
And despite how some people may feel, we have not given up. The Entertainment and Sports Complex must be in downtown. OUR COMMITMENT HAS NEVER BEEN STRONGER.
Read more here: http://www.sacbee.com/2012/12/05/5031568/as-virginia-beach-makes-push-to.html
Sacramento Bee: As Virginia Beach makes push to lure a team, Sacramento mayor frustrated with Maloofs
"I don't like not being able to fight and not being able to determine the outcome," he (Mayor Kevin Johnson) said. "The Kings and the owners have to want to be here."
Sacramento's mayor said he thinks that could be a mistake by the team. NBA officials and owners, who must approve any move, strongly supported recent efforts to build a new arena in Sacramento.
"If they believe they need to look at their options in Seattle and Virginia Beach, then there's nothing we as a community or I as a mayor can do to prevent that," Johnson said. "But I've said it all along: I don't think the grass is greener anywhere else but Sacramento."
"The door is still open, there's a deal to be had downtown," he said.