Here's what it was like at the first game at Arco after the Maloofs screwed the city of Sacramento by essentially killing the deal for a new arena.
A near sellout crowd of 16,012 packed into Arco Arena to support their hometown Kings. One would think that the arena would be empty for a team with a losing record of 20-41 that's missing the post season for the sixth straight year, but in Sacramento the fans continue to show support. Kings fans love their team unconditionally and deserve to have owners that will commit to Sacramento and put a competitive product on the floor.Unfortunately the Maloofs are not those owners.
I was in support of a boycott, but after attending the game I was swept up by the passion of fellow Kings fans and I realized that we will never boycott our Kings. Everywhere I looked I saw the same thing. Families with children decked out in purple cheering on their team. The lines were long at the concession stands and fans were gladly purchasing beers at ten bucks a pop. I don't know what the best strategy is to keep the team in Sacramento but a boycott sure as hell won't work.
There were a few people including myself trying to get a "Sell the team" chant going, but it went over like a fart in church. The only way for a boycott to work is if everyone is on the same page and that doesn't seem to be the case here. There is a divide between those that want a boycott and those that will continue to support the team financially. Both sides want the same thing. We want the Maloofs to sell and the Kings to stay in Sacramento. I don't believe a boycott will help nor do I want to continue to spend money as long as the Maloofs are the owners. I'm not sure that boycotting and supporting the team financially are the only options we have. We as Kings fans need to find a third option and stand behind it as a community united. I'm not sure what that option is or if we'll ever find it, but I do know that the options that are currently on the table will keep the fan base split. We can't fight the Maloofs to keep the Kings if we're too busy fighting amongst ourselves.