Life as a kings fan is rough. We have had some brutal years filled with disappointment, underachieving and let downs. But still, we as Kings fans have stood strong. We have held on to hope before when doom and gloom seemed imminent. When Webber blew out his knee many of us still thought our team could get it done. When the owners (I choose not to speak their name) spent the least money in the league on our team, we still show overwhelming support and optimism for the players and coaches. When the owners were campaigning to move to Annehiem, we didn't admit defeat. We wrote letters, showed up to meetings and sold out arenas.
We all know exactly who is to blame for this most recent let down (understatement). Kings fans are too dedicated and faithful to not act. But what is the best approach?
The owners outdone themselves this time. The have alienated themselves from just about everyone. When the handshake deal was announced I actually said "I forgive the owners for all they have done". How could I be so naive. The recent news has left me heartbroken. For the first time in my adult life I am actually having thoughts of moving on from the NBA, and the Kings. I have cheered through the bleakest times. This time I am not sure cheering is going to help.
The only option I see really having an effect is to boycott. The owners are broke. They have show us time and time again that they have no money. Every week it seems, our STR moderators have an article that shows us that they lack the finances to run a professional sports team. This has been Kings fans biggest problem for years. The faster they sell the more chance the Kings will still be in Sacramento when that happens.
The solution seems fairly simple to me. The owners are now relying on the Kings to support their crumbling empire. If we decrease their income, we increase the chances of them selling. This is why I am boycotting the rest of the year and next season. Perhaps this is misguided. The argument against would be that we may be sealing our own fate by giving the owners an excuse to leave. They might be able to tell Stern the community has turned against us and there is not enough profit in Sacramento so we have to relocate. It is a gamble. At this point I am a willing to go for broke.
I will boycott and accept our fate. What will you do?