God save the Kings, or send ‘em packing?

Staff Writer
The Destin Log

Andrew’s take:

No one said that millionaires only have good ideas.

Keeping the Kings in Sacramento was a decision made by the NBA owners last week; each of who is, at least, a millionaire. And this is, absolutely, a bad idea.

A couple of months ago, a move of the franchise to Seattle seemed like a sure thing. But the securing of $250 million with the State of California for a new arena was the icing on the cake for Sacramento’s retention of the Kings.

Haven’t we learned anything from the Miami Marlins? You can’t just “build it” and expect “them” to come. A new, state-of-the-art facility does not change the culture of a region.

Hundreds of millions of Floridian tax dollars were wasted on a stadium for the Marlins. Regardless of the public knowledge that Miami has terrible sports fans, idealists in South Florida thought they could simply purchase a fan base. But now, Miami’s games are empty.

Sure, it’s great that a blue-collar city like Sacramento can have a professional team, but some places just have bigger fish to fry. They need to worry more about survival than entertainment.

Seattle is the cultural center of the Pacific Northwest. Sacramento is a washed-up distribution center. That’s right, the best thing that Sac-Town ever had going for it was that fact that you could get in and out, quickly. Because everyone knows, there’s no reason to stay in Sacramento.

When I turn on the NBA, I don’t have to watch the Flint Vacancies against the Canton Vandals.

Butts plus seats equals success, as proven by the Oklahoma City Thunder. If the culture of a city is an advantageous environment for a team, then wins will be more likely. The culture of Sacramento does not offer such a setting.

Just another monumental waste of tax dollars.

Matt's Take:

The NBA owners’ have spoken, and the Sacramento Kings are staying put.

And I say good for them. Way to stand up to the Maloof brothers who wanted to ship the team out of town.

It would have been a huge mistake to pull the Kings out of Sacramento, a town that they have called home since 1985, after making pit stops in Kansas City and Rochester, New York, along the way.

Sure, Sacramento may not be the best city for a basketball team, but that doesn't mean you should yank them out of town for the glitz and glamour of Seattle. It's not fair to the fans, and that's all that should matter.

As a Cleveland-native, I know a thing or two about having your team ripped from your fingers and the pain it causes not only the city, but the fan base as well. After a second round playoff loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers in 1994, the late Art Modell dropped a bombshell when he announced the following year that he was moving the team to Baltimore.

At the teams' last home game, fans went as far as starting fires in the stands and throwing things on the field. It was an ugly scene for a team that has one of the most dedicated fan bases in the league.

In 1995, the Cleveland Chamber of Commerce estimated that the Browns generated about $47 million in economic activity between local fans and those visiting for the game.

I don't know about you, but that's a big chunk of money to take away from a city. And think of it: that was in 1995, so you know it has to be quite a bit higher these days.

Sorry Andrew, you're just wrong on this one.