Kings to remain in Sacramento another year

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SACRAMENTO - The Kings will remain in the city of Sacramento for at least another season after exploring a move to Anaheim.

A formal request to relocate had to be filed with the NBA by Monday afternoon, a deadline that had twice been delayed.

The Maloof family has been the club's majority owners since 1999 and had been considering a move to Anaheim's Honda Center because of financial issues in the city and with the building now known as Power Balance Pavilion.

"Out of respect to Kings fans and the regional business community, we have decided to remain in Sacramento for the 2011-12 season," the Maloof family said in a statement on Monday. "The fans' spirit and energy, specifically our season ticket holders, has been remarkable and we are truly thankful for their loyalty. We also are greatly appreciative of the support from our corporate sponsors as well as other local businesses that have come forward in recent weeks."

The league was apparently against the move, especially after former NBA player Kevin Johnson -- now the mayor of Sacramento -- lobbied for another chance to prove that the city can put together a plan for a new arena.

"During this process, Mayor Johnson has strongly indicated to both the community and the NBA that he is capable of getting the support to build a state-of-the-art entertainment and sports facility that the Sacramento region and the tremendous Kings fans so rightly deserve," the Maloof statement added. "We look forward to seeing Mayor Johnson bring his vision to reality. However, if an arena plan cannot be finalized in a timely fashion, the NBA's relocation committee has assured Maloof Sports and Entertainment that it will support an application to move the franchise to another market starting in 2012-13."

The Kings have played in Sacramento since 1985, after relocating from Kansas City, and have played in the building formerly known as Arco Arena since the 1988-89 campaign.

A move to Anaheim would have marked the fifth different city for the franchise, which first played as the Rochester Royals from 1948-57. The club then moved to Cincinnati before heading to Kansas City and changing its name to the Kings in 1972.

Anaheim, meanwhile, has been trying to lure an NBA team for some time. The Clippers have considered moving south from Los Angeles and the Grizzlies had discussions with the city and the Honda Center before moving from Vancouver to Memphis.

The NBA has questioned whether the southern California region can support three teams, as the Kings would have joined the Lakers and Clippers in a battle for attendance.

Attendance was never a problem for the Kings when they were perennial NBA contenders during the early part of the previous decade. They have, however, missed the playoffs each of the last five seasons, including a 24-58 mark in 2010-11 for its third straight last-place showing in the Pacific Division.


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