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6,000 Sign Petition to Allow Local Buyers to Match Offer for Sacramento Kings

The petition, started by Here We Stay, asks for local buyers to be given a chance at purchasing the team.

UPDATE, 6:07 p.m.: The petition currently has 5,955 signatures.

ORIGINAL STORY: Less than 24 hours after the Sacramento and Seattle regions were abuzz with talk over the possible sale of the Sacramento Kings to a group in Washington state, more than 4,000 people have signed an online petition to allow any Sacramento group the chance to match an offer to sell the team.

The Change.org petition, addressed to NBA Commissioner David Stern, also asks that Seattle be given its own expansion team.

"Seattle deserves a team after what happened to their Sonics," the petition's website reads. "Sacramento deserves to keep the Kings in Sacramento after supporting the franchise for more than a quarter century and putting together a viable arena financing plan last year."

The goal of the petition is 17,317 signatures–the capacity of Sleep Train Arena (formerly known as Power Balance Pavilion and as ARCO Arena before that). It was started by Here We Stay, the group that rallied around the team when it seemed poised to move to Anaheim in 2011.

Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson said Wednesday afternoon that he had reached out to Stern but had not yet spoken with him. As for Stern's thoughts on expansion teams, the commissioner said last week that he could eventually see the league expanding to Europe.

The petition reads:

To: 
NBA commissioner David Stern 
Please do the right thing and keep NBA basketball in Sacramento and put an expansion team in Seattle. Allow a Sacramento buyer to be granted an opportunity to match any offer the Maloofs extend to a potential buyer. Rather than relocate the Kings, give Seattle an expansion team for the 2015-16 season. Seattle deserves a fresh start and it is time for a clean slate in Sacramento. Find a resolution that results in a commitment to Sacramento - one of the most passionate fan bases in NBA history that has done everything it has been asked to do in order to build a new arena.

Sincerely, 
[Your name]

It can be found at http://www.change.org/petitions/nba-commissioner-david-stern-allow-a-sacramento-buyer-to-match-any-offer-on-the-sacramento-kings-and-give-seattle-an-expansion-team.

John January 11, 2013 at 09:49 PM
The Maloof's plan failed horribly! They wanted to move the team to Vegas and the NBA even held an All Star game there to test the waters but the wheels fell off the "Palms" before they could do it and the city of Sacramento refused to lament no matter how much they tried to make us hate the team! There is a reason they have fallen so far from where they were just ten short years ago and it's not coaching or lack of city support of even the lack of a downtown arena as they would have us believe a couple years ago. Now they cut and run on us after all the HUGE jumps in ticket prices etc. I gave up my season tickets in 2002 becuase they went up in price 110%! Good thing we didn't all pay for a new arena! The city of Vegas didn't have to pay to build the "Palms" so why should we build them an arena? I asked Grant Napier a year ago why doesn't the city just purchase the team the same way Green Bay owns the Packers and he very rudely said "because the team is not for sale" and hung up on me. I figured it would be cheaper to buy the team than build them an arena and if we were gonna spend any money on the team at all we should own them! Seems the team was for sale after all Mr. Napier! Funny how we aren't good enough to buy the team but we were good enough to pay for an arena and fill it 41 times a year and buy it's beer and pay the $10 parking etc. I feel like I was hoodwinked!
Michael R Webb January 14, 2013 at 08:09 PM
Why reward the Maloof's for bad business practices and incompetence. Mike
John January 14, 2013 at 08:46 PM
Mike, I think you are right! They really pushed us the past few years to build "them" an arena downtown. That would have cost all of us taxpayers quite a bit! As I look back I wonder if it was jsut to make the team and their business worth more so they could sale it at a higher price? I know they NEVER had us or the city of Sacramento in mind to take care of but we were the ones that paid the higher ticket prices and bought the jersey's etc. It's almost like seeing a millionaire in a $5000 suit get out of his Rols Royce and hold a sign at a corner asking for money! That is how I view the way the Maloof's have treated Sacramento.
Michael R Webb January 14, 2013 at 08:58 PM
All I know is that if you can't manage a casino or beer distributorship in Las Vegas there is major deficiency in brain power.
Pete D January 22, 2013 at 08:27 PM
I'm not a lawyer but it looks like pretty smart tactics by Hansen to fund $ 30 mil "non-refundable" to the Maloof's, because if the NBA blocks this and someone gets that money for nothing.....surely lawsuits will follow. Hey NBA both regions are willing to put in new Arena's....keep the Kings in Sac or immediately award the other investor "group" franchise to start in 2 years, how can the league lose on that??

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