An aggressively growing Facebook page is calling for transplanting the Sacramento Kings NBA franchise to the new KFC Yum! Center. And Sacramento has noticed, but one report from the city’s ABC News 10 isn’t in a fighting mood.
They’ve got some of the most rabid basketball fans in the country, a sparkling brand-new arena and they want the Sacramento Kings.
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.
While I can’t admit to knowing the details on the ground in Sacramento, it sounds like the team hasn’t grown deep roots. And judging from the comments on that article, the people of Sacramento don’t seem all that upset about possible losing their team. Here’s a letter to the Kings from the “Bring the Sacramento Kings to Louisville” Facebook page:
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.
Louisville has long aspired to joining the ranks of the NBA-enabled but with disastrous results each time as team after team passed up the River City for the likes of Memphis and New Orleans. Attorney J. Bruce Miller, who was close to previous NBA-attainment-effort, details his experiences in his book Airball: The Complete and Unvarnished Account of Louisville’s 30-Year Odyssey to Acquire an NBA Franchise, an authoritative read on the subject.
Many have speculated that, with the opening of a new arena built to top-of-the-line NBA standards, Louisville would again pursue its big-league dreams, but community leaders have also reassured the community that the case was closed and the KFC Yum! Center is only for the University of Louisville.
Since I discovered the Facebook page on Friday, it has gained thousands of additional fans and now stands at over 4,200 as of this writing. What are your thoughts on the NBA in Louisville? Do we need a big-league team to get national respect or should we stick with the local guys? Or as the LEO points out, have we long been tied up in the Big Lie of big-league prosperity?