Online, Facebook effort to move Sacramento Kings to new Kentucky arena

12:53 PM, Nov 4, 2010   |    comments
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Logo made by creators of Facebook page "Bring the Sacramento Kings to Louisville"

SACRAMENTO, CA - They've got some of the most rabid basketball fans in the country, a sparkling brand-new arena and they want the Sacramento Kings.

A group of friends wants to move the Sacramento Kings to Louisville, and like many causes these days, it began with a Facebook page called "Bring the Sacramento Kings to Louisville."

The description of the page includes this letter:

Dear Kings,

We know that you are not happy in California. Why not give Louisville a shot? We have a beautiful, brand new arena, we have the best food in the world, and we live for basketball. Our city is even named after a king. Bring DeMarcus Cousins and Francisco Garcia back. We know that there are a lot of things to consider, but the clear choice is Louisville.



The city of Louisville opened the brand new KFC Yum Center on October 10th.  It's a state of the art facility that seats 22,000 and cost $238 million to build.  Right now it's currently the home of University of Louisiville basketball.

Kentucky is a hotbed for basketball fans.  It features two traditional powerhouse college programs that are led by two of the most prominent coaches in the game. 

The University of Kentucky Wildcats, led by John Calipari, have won seven NCAA Men's Basketball Championships.  The University of Louisville, coached by Rick Pitino, have won two. 

The future of the Kings in Sacramento remains uncertain.  In September the NBA removed itself from negotiations to help build a new arena in the city.  That move came after the Cal Expo Board of Directors voted against a proposed land swap that would move the California State Fair to the ARCO Arena site.

NBA spokesman John Moag issued the following statement to News10 regarding the league's position: 

"On the heels of the disappointing--but not surprising--action (or inaction) of the State and Cal Expo Board, it is fair to say that the NBA has ceased its activities on the Sacramento arena front. However, we will continue to monitor and respond to the activities and options of others that might reasonably ensure the competitiveness and viability of the Kings franchise."

A move to Kentucky would be a homecoming for two current Kings.  DeMarcus Cousins played one season at Kentucky, while Francisco Garcia spent three seasons at Louisville.


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