2013: A Year in Review Part 2

January 2013

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January 7

The city of Virginia Beach had set a deadline for this day to come to an agreement on a new arena with an NBA team, which was the Sacramento Kings. The deal called for the city to put in $241 million, the state with $150 million and Comcast with $35 million for a total of $426 million. The $426 million included $80 million for relocation fees and $346 for the arena.

January 8

The deal between Virginia Beach and the Sacramento Kings is dead.

“The city doesn’t see a clear opportunity at this point and, as such, it’s not something we’re aggressively going after. The city is kind of withdrawing. We’re not doing anymore consultants, lawyers or lobbying.” – Virginia Beach Mayor Will Sessoms

“The arena project is NOT dead….This thing is far from over.” – Chris O’Brien, administrator of the Facebook page “Bring the Sacramento Kings to Virginia Beach”

Update on the arena deal – WAVY 10

Oceanfront arena deal dies – WAVY 10

Virginia Beach officials unable to reach deal with Comcast for arena – WAVY 10

Nick Monacelli discusses death of Kings to Va. Beach deal – News10

Sacramento’s worst nightmare was made public as Daina Falk, on Twitter as @TheHungryFan, tweeted these messages about the Kings being sold. The first tweet about it took place on January 8th and the next tweet about it took place on January 9th. The tweets were later deleted.


January 9







Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson’s full press conference – News10

Sacramento Kings reportedly moving to Seattle, day after VB arena deal dies – WAVY 10

Sacramento mayor reacts to reports of Kings’ sale – KCRA 3

Report: Deal in works to bring Sacramento Kings to Seattle – KING 5 News

Seattle seen as Kings new home – KCRA 3

Maloofs finalizing deal to sell Kings according to Yahoo Sports – News10

Sacramento mayor says he will fight to keep Kings – News10

Sacramento Kings back in news about relocation rumors – News10

Keeping the Faith? – News 10

What Seattle is saying about the possible Kings move – News10

January 10


January 13

JMA Ventures got into the mix to help keep the Kings in Sacramento. Two days earlier Mark Mastrov said he had assembled a group to make a bid on the Kings.

January 14



January 15

Mayor Kevin Johnson said he spoke with NBA Commissioner David Stern and has been granted an opportunity to speak at the NBA BOG meeting in April.


January 16


Crown Downtown interviewed Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson

Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson talks local ownership potential, future plans – News10

January 17

Sacramento Kings potential ownership group strong and competitive, source says – News10

January 19

Crown Downtown hosted a Kings viewing party at Republic Bar & Grill. Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson made a surprise appearance to join us.




January 20


January 21

The Maloofs agreed to sell the Kings to Chris Hansen.







Maloofs agree to sell NBA’s Kings to Seattle group – KING 5 News

What’s next in the NBA to Seattle saga? – KING 5 News

Kings Radio Postgame with Gary Gerould – News10

NBA: Agreement reached to sell Sacramento Kings – News10

What NBA will consider in Kings’ potential sale and move – News10

Why halting the sale of the Kings will be tough to do – News10

January 22


Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson held a press conference at Sacramento City Hall and Crown Downtown was there to show our support and represent our community.




January 28