Angels owner Arte Moreno wonders if Southern California could support NBA's Sacramento Kings in Anaheim
Angels owner Arte Moreno neither strongly endorsed nor strongly criticized the potential relocation of the NBA's Sacramento Kings to Anaheim, whose city council is scheduled to vote Tuesday on a proposed $75-million plan to lure the team to Honda Center.
If the Kings move, there would be three professional sports teams sharing the same Anaheim neighborhood -- the Angels, Ducks and Kings. There also would be three NBA teams in Southern California, which is home to the Lakers and Clippers, who both play at Staples Center.
"I look at the metropolitan area and say how many basketball, hockey, baseball, basketball and NFL teams can you have?" Moreno said Sunday before the Angels-San Diego Padres exhibition game in Angel Stadium. "We also have a couple of major universities in USC and UCLA. And Cal State Fullerton and Long Beach State have terrific baseball programs.
"You're competing with them for media time and advertising dollars. How much discretionary income and advertising dollars do people have? It would be silly to tell you that everyone is overflowing with advertising dollars right now. People have to decide how to spend their money. If you add another team, that doesn't mean there's going to be more advertising dollars."
-- Mike DiGiovanna
Photo: Arte Moreno. Credit: Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times