Franchise Relocation Rumors are Mean, So Let’s All Calm Down

I secretly hope for a great Demarcus Cousins story whenever I see “Sacramento Kings” trending on Twitter. However, it was just the rumor mill grinding away on some report that the Sacramento Kings will move to coastal Virginia.

The website reported Thursday that the media giant Comcast is expected to make a presentation about building a new arena to Virginia Beach city officials:

The owners of the Sacramento Kings, an NBA franchise, and officials from Philadelphia-based Comcast-Spectacor are expected to be in Virginia Beach Tuesday to propose moving the team to the resort city and for Comcast to help build and lease a new pro sports arena

Media giant Comcast will guarantee a 25-year lease on a new arena, supposedly for naming rights and for broadcasting the games, sources said. Comcast owns NBC and Global Spectrum, which operates arenas and stadiums across the country including the Ted Constant Convocation Center at Old Dominion University

And of course, Twitter responded accordingly…

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However, this is likely a bunch of crap. The Kings blog Sactown Royalty has a good post on why this report is a bunch of hooey.

CBS Sacramento Reports that the Maloofs haven’t even talked to anyone in Virginia Beach, yet.

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As a fan of a  “small market” (Minnesota) our sports papers are usually inundated with relocation rumors. Some of them even came true.  (Curse you Dallas Stars!) Fortunately, we’re likely off that ship for a few years with a new Twins stadium and one coming for the Vikings. So, I feel for you Sacramento.

I hope David Stern learned his lesson with Seattle. We’re with you Kings fans.