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Rumor has it the Sacramento Kings may be moving to…Virginia Beach?!

Are the Sacramento Kings moving to Virginia Beach?!

The Washington Post cites a report from Inside Business that the Maloof family, which owns the Kings, and officials of Philadelphia-based Comcast-Spectacor will meet next Tuesday to discuss moving the team to the lovely beach resort town. The report says the Maloof family and city officials are expected to announce the decision as early as next Wednesday and Comcast will guarantee a 25-year lease on a new arena in exchange for naming and broadcasting rights.

The team has been looking for a new home ever since the Maloof family and Sacramento mayor Kevin Johnson failed to reach a deal on the Maloof’s proposed $391 million entertainment complex last April. Louisville mayor Greg Fischer’s efforts to woo an NBA team to Kentucky are similarly in a standstill due to the University of Louisville’s stronghold over the scheduling rights at the Yum Center.

Boogie shouldn’t stock up on board shorts just yet. Sacramento Bee reporters Jason Jones and Tony Bizjak say the Kings aren’t moving to Virginia, nor have they filed for relocation with the NBA yet. The Maloof family released this statement on the matter:

“The Kings have been approached by numerous cities interested buying the team and relocating it. We are not going to discuss which cities have approached the team and are not going to comment on every rumor. I can tell you that the Kings are 100% focused on putting a winning team on the court.”

Interesting…verrrry interesting.

Article written by Mrs. Tyler Thompson

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12 Comments for Rumor has it the Sacramento Kings may be moving to…Virginia Beach?!

  1. Dear IU and UL, We are National Champs; you are not. The end.
    3:50 pm August 23, 2012 Permalink

    As a Louisville resident, it really does suck that we only get to see 1 or 2 decent quality basketball games here.

  2. Bluegrass
    3:50 pm August 23, 2012 Permalink

    I live an hour and a half away – PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE let this be true!!!!

  3. thewaitfor8
    3:57 pm August 23, 2012 Permalink

    Interesting? Nope. Freaking frustrating that UofL has screwed over the residents of Kentucky.

  4. tltaworl
    4:23 pm August 23, 2012 Permalink

    Virginia Beach? Really. Is there enough money and interest? Charlotte has enough trouble. You could probably support a team in Pittsburgh or Jacksonville or some other major sports city. Geez, probably Anahiem would be able to support a team better than Va beach

  5. Bicycle Seat Sniffer
    4:28 pm August 23, 2012 Permalink

    The city of Louisville should be ashamed. Virginia Beach is an ish hole. The fact that all of the UL cronies were placed onto the arena authority and structured such a one-sided deal in UL’s favor instead of the city’s is a disgrace.

  6. Steve Fitts
    4:45 pm August 23, 2012 Permalink

    Virginia Beach Chamber of Commerce to Sacramento Kings: “Call me, maybe!”

  7. Tim
    6:09 pm August 23, 2012 Permalink

    yes t.v. discussed a possible pro team coming at the oceanfront. Hampton Roads is a great place. Vick, Malone, Iverson, Harvin, Joe Smith and many more who attended high school here. Virginia Beach would welcome the Kings……. 🙂

  8. Kim
    6:56 pm August 23, 2012 Permalink

    I agree with 3 & 5… I can’t believe that Louisville would lose an NBA team to Virginia Beach, but when UofL negotiated their contract with Yum they made it impossible for that to happen. UofL thinks they can’t be successful with another team here, but it happened in the 70’s. It’s a shame.

  9. Jarred
    7:40 pm August 23, 2012 Permalink

    I live in Virginia Beach.. There is no way that the people who live here could support an nba team.
    That being said i really hope this happens I LOVE BIG CUZ !!!

  10. Tim
    7:58 pm August 23, 2012 Permalink

    you hope it happens and no way VB can support a nba team.. ?

  11. Dacci
    9:53 pm August 23, 2012 Permalink

    I wonder who they will take out of the Eastern Conference and move to the West to make room?

  12. Yoda
    10:50 am August 24, 2012 Permalink

    I used to live in VA Beach 2 years ago, and the thought of a professional franchise being located there just seems…off? With the Bobcats and Wizards right in the same “neighborhood,” it just seems weird. That, and people in Hampton Roads (that’s local-speak for Norfolk/VA Beach/Hampton/Newport News) don’t really get that fired up for college basketball, either. When I lived there most who considered themselves basketball fans followed UNC or Duke…