Sacramento mayor battles over Kings relocation plans
Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson is scrambling to keep the Kings in California's capital, and on Thursday he announced that a collection of local business leaders were willing to chip in to buy the basketball team.
The $19 million total is a far cry from the hundreds of millions offered by an investment group trying to move the team to Seattle, and Johnson said he hoped to unveil bigger investors later this week.
The ultimate goal is to build a new arena for the Kings in downtown Sacramento.
Johnson said Seattle residents "deserve an NBA team at some point. Just not ours."
The mayor was flanked by Kings fans during the news conference at City Hall.
"The Kings are all Sacramento has," said Adriana Ortiz, 24, of Elk Grove. "Seattle has so much else. They don't need another NBA team."
-- Chris Megerian in Sacramento
Photo: Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson speaks during a news conference earlier this month. Credit: Rich Pedroncelli / Associated Press