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Kings Fans Influence Team's Decision To Stay

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(Sacramento, CA)
Monday, May 2, 2011

Sacramento political and business leaders mounted a last ditch campaign to prevent the team's move to Anaheim. But Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson says the fans get a lot of credit too.   

"The Here We Stay, the Here We Build, the Game Over.  There was a coalition of people in our community that really stepped up behind the scenes.  They wouldn't let us quit.  They wouldn't let us give up."

Johnson says it was the constant tweeting, blogging, facebook posting and billboards that convinced the National Basketball Association and the Maloofs the team should stay in Sacramento. 
Blake Ellington is the creator of the fan group Here We Stay.  He says the next step is rallying support around a new sports and entertainment complex. 
"We're gonna get back to the drawing board and get everybody that's been involved in Here We Stay all the fans, everybody that's motivated with social media, we're hoping to get them going again."
Sacramento now has a little less than a year to prove to the NBA and the Maloofs that the city is making critical progress towards a new arena for the Kings.    
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