Sacramento Region Shows United Front For Keeping Kings
Thursday, January 24, 2013
Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson updated NBA Commissioner David Stern by phone and then a dozen local politicians in person about the City's efforts to keep the Kings.
Up until now, the Mayor has said only there were "more than two" interested parties in buying the team and keeping it in Sacramento. He has now expanded that number a little, "Every discussion is very serious and I do believe we will be in position next week to unveil who the two big or three or four that we've been looking at over time and who ultimately we're going to go forward with."
Two of the parties in talks have been identified as Supermarket mogul Ron Burkle and 24-Hour Fitness founder Mark Mastrov. The other contenders are still unknown.
State Senate President pro Tem Darrell Steinberg has asked the Department of General Services for information regarding California's dealings with Microsoft. The company's CEO is part of the group bidding to buy the Kings and move them to Seattle, "It doesn't feel right about making money working directly with the State of California -in fact having some of their largest contracts with the State of California- at the same time using at least some of those gains or profits to try to move a major asset out of the state of California."
Local Republican and Democratic lawmakers met with the mayor and voiced support for the City of Sacramento's efforts. Johnson says bi-partisan support will add to the case for a local ownership group he plans to present before the NBA Board of Governors in April.