Basketball fans should not have to choose between Sacramento and Seattle. Both of these cities have proven their worth in the best of times and in the worst of times. It is time for David Stern and the NBA owners to right one wrong and prevent another. If the team is available for purchase, it is time for a Sacramento buyer to be granted an opportunity to match any offer the Maloofs extend to potential buyers.
It is time for Seattle to be granted a new expansion team for the 2015-16 season. Seattle deserves a team after what happened to their Sonics. Sacramento deserves to keep the Kings in Sacramento after supporting the franchise for more than a quarter century and putting together a viable arena financing plan last year. Sacramento has one of the most passionate fan bases in NBA history, which is illustrated in the above documentary, Small Market, Big Heart. We are aiming for 17,317 signatures – the capacity of Sleep Train Arena.
To: NBA commissioner David Stern
Please do the right thing and keep NBA basketball in Sacramento and put an expansion team in Seattle. Allow a Sacramento buyer to be granted an opportunity to match any offer the Maloofs extend to a potential buyer. Rather than relocate the Kings, give Seattle an expansion team for the 2015-16 season. Seattle deserves a fresh start and it is time for a clean slate in Sacramento. Find a resolution that results in a commitment to Sacramento – one of the most passionate fan bases in NBA history that has done everything it has been asked to do in order to build a new arena. Sincerely,