Sacramento mayor Kevin Johnson released statement echoing his thoughts on the Kings’ sale to a Seattle investment group led by Chris Hansen.
Here it is, via the Sacramento Bee:
Sacramento has proven that it is a strong NBA market with a fan base that year in and year out has demonstrated a commitment to the Kings by selling out 19 of 27 seasons in a top 20 market and owning two of the longest sellout streaks in NBA history. When it comes to keeping the team in our community, Sacramento is playing to win. In particular, we have been focused like a laser on identifying an ownership group that will both have the financial resources desired by the NBA and the vision to make the Kings the NBA equivalent of what the Green Bay Packers have been in the NFL.
Johnson is obviously not giving up the fight to keep the Kings in Sacramento. He has worked tirelessly to try and convince investors to buy and keep the team in the city.
A multitude of reports indicate that the Maloofs have sold 65 percent of the Kings to Hansen’s investment group for approximately $340 million. The sale will need to be approved by the NBA’s Board of Governors before it becomes finalized.