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Mayor Johnson Acknowledges Possibility of Kings Leaving Sacramento

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Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Just a few days ago, National Basketball Association Commissioner David Stern announced the Kings' owners are in discussions to move the team to Anaheim.

Mayor Kevin Johnson says plans for a new sports and entertainment complex will continue even if the Kings leave Sacramento. 

"It's bigger than the Maloofs, it's bigger than the Kings," Johnson said.  "It's about what we want in Sacramento."

Johnson says he understands the Maloofs' decision to shop for new markets.  The team has been losing between ten and twenty million dollars a year for the last three years.  And without a new arena, Sacramento doesn't have much leverage to keep the team here. 
"I want to be unequivocal in this . . . we want the Sacramento Kings to be in Sacramento, we want to do everything we can to make that happen, but we cannot control that decision at this point in time," he said.  "That's a decision they can make." 
Johnson says a new arena will give Sacramento the power to attract another team if the Kings do leave. 
March first is the deadline to file a request to move the team.
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