(Editor's note - I am posting this for a would-be member that has had difficulty getting his membership to launch.)
The Tale of Sacramento
For the citizens of Sacramento and Northern California the opportunity to build a world class downtown that revitalizes the economy and community has arrived. The "term sheet" for a better Sacramento exists, the plan is in place with only one component to go. All that's needed is willing owners of an NBA anchor tenant. So how can Sacramento get NBA owners that are willing to be partners with the city? One way is to let the Maloof's overplay their hand and then pounce. Ladies and Gentlemen, presenting George Maloof, the NBA Board of Governors and The Tale of Sacramento.
So what is The Tale of Sacramento?
It's an ugly affair to have seen and severe warning for other cities to heed. The Tale of Sacramento is simple...if you play by the rules, meet all the deadlines, come up with the partners, develop a good plan, reach a deal and even if you produce the money....you can still lose in the end. If the city has been a good partner means zero. The NBA's word and effort could be worth nothing. Even owners tears, possibly fake and subject to review.
As The Tale of Sacramento grows in reach, as more city mayors and city councils hear, as more communities become aware, as Kings fan shove this narrative viscously deep down the media's throat, the NBA Board of Governors will almost certainly face a decision on relocation. If they vote to allow the Maloof's to relocate then The Tale of Sacramento will be a shadow darkening their arena prospects for decades. A major weapon to be continually used against them, justification and fuel for all groups opposed to public/private arena financing. It will be a precedent. A bad precedent.
Does the Board of Governors want this future? A future where all potential arena partners forever have The Tale of Sacramento lurking, ready to kill any deal? A future where partners continually fear that NBA owners might shake their hand, have a photo-op and a week later demand better terms or the deal is off? Available to the Board of Governors is another choice, a different future.
The Tale of Sacramento is not yet complete.
The ending is still unwritten. The opportunity for Sacramento to find a willing partner of the people exists. The chance for the best ending possible still looms.
The Tale of Sacramento can be a fairy tale, a shining example, a movie waiting to be made. All that is needed for the community to win and for the game to prosper in the Capital City is a no vote on relocation by the NBA Board of Governors. If the Maloof's are told by the Board of Governors that they had a good arena deal, they blew it and they must fix their own mess...then the Maloof's will fail and the team will eventually have to be sold. There is no investor that will build the Maloof's a new arena in Natomas for free adult movies at the Palms or tickets to the Maloof Cup and if we learned anything on Friday the 13th it's that the Maloof's are as broke as we thought (74 million dollars fronted by the NBA to pay their 73.25 million dollar share of the ESC project). So besides finding a secret SacTown sugar daddy, if the Maloof's are told they can't move the team, they'll be at the end of their run. A no vote turns The Tale of Sacramento into a feel good story. Sacramento gets its partner in redevelopment and builds a world class downtown, possibly even landing the Olympics. Meanwhile the NBA keeps its reputation while upgrading owners.
Or, the Board of Governors can vote yes to relocation and The Tale of Sacramento can end as a flop and disgrace. Seattle part two but much worse. A P.R. nightmare from hell that will linger like garlic breath. A cautionary account that demands all current and future NBA cities take notice, that all political leaders recalculate their level support for the NBA. It will be a precedent that makes building arenas with public money a much, much harder proposition.
Certainly other paths of resistance exist, for example boycotting the Maloof's sounds like good fun. But the real power lies with the Board of Governors, the Maloof's peers. They are the ultimate decision makers in this drama. The Kings play where the Board says they will play and nowhere else. And the members of the Board of Governors are business people. And the bottom line is the Maloof's are bad for business. So may be The Tale of Sacramento, unless the Board decides otherwise. Kings fans have every right to remind the Board of Governors and media of these facts. Sacramento has a tale to tell, time to start telling it.
"We did our part." - KJ