“For many, this city’s biggest selling point is its proximity to other, more exciting places, like the cosmopolitan hills of San Francisco or the ski slopes of Lake Tahoe,” according to the Los Angeles Times.
“But for almost three decades, there has been one thing people didn’t need to leave town for: professional basketball. For Sacramentans, the Kings are more than just an NBA franchise. They’re a sign that the city is not second-rate.
“Fair-weather fans here are scarce; devotees have stuck with the Kings through miserable season after miserable season. The team is central to the vision of local politicians, planners and builders to make their downtown a more vibrant urban center with a new arena. The mayor, Kevin Johnson, is a former NBA star and one of the team’s biggest supporters.
“But now, after years of tormenting locals by flirting with out-of-town suitors, the Kings’ financially troubled owners have reached a deal to sell the team to a Seattle investment group. The buyers want to bring the team north and rebrand it as the Supersonics, restoring a franchise that bolted Seattle five years ago.”
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