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Jaded-Fan 01-26-2013 01:26 AM

Penguins co-owner Ron Burkle pursuing NBA's Kings
 
Penguins co-owner Ron Burkle pursuing NBA's Kings

Burkle met with NBA Commissioner David Stern on Thursday

The Associated Press

Posted: Jan 25, 2013 10:05 PM ET

http://www.cbc.ca/gfx/images/sports/...5-940-8col.jpg

Pittsburgh Penguins co-owner Ron Burkle, seen here during NHL labour negotiations in December, met with NBA Commissioner David Stern Thursday to discuss being part of a group to purchase the Sacramento Kings. (Bruce Bennett/Getty Images )

Billionaire Ron Burkle has taken his interests in the Sacramento Kings all the way to the top.

An NBA spokesman confirmed Burkle talked for two hours with Commissioner David Stern at the league's New York offices Thursday. No further details of the meeting were given.


http://www.cbc.ca/sports/basketball/...gs-burkle.html

Big McLargehuge 01-26-2013 05:03 AM

This is one thing I hope Burkle fails at.

Mister Hockey 01-26-2013 09:04 AM

The NBA is a much more of a joke than the WWE.

At least the WWE is entertaining.

I love college ball, but when they hit the NBA it goes bad.

They break all the rules and just play for themslves, not as a team.

Mr. T 01-26-2013 10:46 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Big McLargehuge (Post 58371695)
This is one thing I hope Burkle fails at.

Yep. Burkle's a great guy and we're lucky to have him as owner of the Pens, but this move might impede the NHL coming to Seattle. So I am being 100% selfish when I say that I hope this does not work out for him.

MetalheadPenguinsFan 01-26-2013 10:47 AM

Stick to being a hockey owner please Ron.

Shrimper 01-26-2013 10:47 AM

Why would this impede the NHL going to Seattle?

He wouldn't move the team to Pittsburgh would he?

JWells16 01-26-2013 10:49 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Big McLargehuge (Post 58371695)
This is one thing I hope Burkle fails at.

Pretty much...

Mr. T 01-26-2013 10:52 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Shrimper (Post 58376371)
Why would this impede the NHL going to Seattle?

He wouldn't move the team to Pittsburgh would he?

Nope, he'd keep them in California. If an NBA team goes to Seattle (i.e. the Kings) they will break ground on the new NBA/NHL arena project. Then the NHL will allegedly follow (Phoenix, maybe).

Captain Hook 01-26-2013 11:31 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Mister Hockey (Post 58373621)
The NBA is a much more of a joke than the WWE.

At least the WWE is entertaining.

I love college ball, but when they hit the NBA it goes bad.

They break all the rules and just play for themslves, not as a team.

I haven't found the WWE entertaining since the attitude era.

I agree that the NBA largely sucks though.

I'd rather Burkle focus on the Pens than get involved with the NBA but it's his life and his money.

Shrimper 01-26-2013 11:32 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Mr. T (Post 58376537)
Nope, he'd keep them in California. If an NBA team goes to Seattle (i.e. the Kings) they will break ground on the new NBA/NHL arena project. Then the NHL will allegedly follow (Phoenix, maybe).

I suppose that makes sense as most NBA arenas are NHL compatible.

Flat Stanley 01-26-2013 11:40 AM

WWE :laugh:

I agree Captain Hook, Attitude Era was the best, but I think it was entertaining a few years after that. 2011-present is when it stopped becoming entertaining to me though, it's a children's show now.

But, he's rich, and as long as he can still provide stable ownership for the Penguins, then he can buy whatever he wants.

Shockmaster 01-26-2013 11:41 AM

I thought somebody else already purchased the Sacramento Kings with the intent of moving them to Seattle. Is Burkle trying to put a wrench in that?

Seems like Seattle wants an NBA team first, then they'll take an NHL team if one is available. The Coyotes saga seems at a standstill, but if things fall apart Seattle would probably be where the league wants to go. I just get the sense the NHL wants to avoid Quebec City.

Big McLargehuge 01-26-2013 02:55 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Mr. T (Post 58376537)
Nope, he'd keep them in California. If an NBA team goes to Seattle (i.e. the Kings) they will break ground on the new NBA/NHL arena project. Then the NHL will allegedly follow (Phoenix, maybe).

Bingo.

I'd also like to keep his sport holdings in Pittsburgh because I think he'd turn quickly to viewing a California team as his more precious asset.


Sacramento is trying to get a last minute plan to prevent the sale from going through...but I think it's too late to save the Kings. The NBA wants a team in Seattle and when the NBA wants something somewhere, it tends to happen. I feel bad for Kings fans...but without a privately built arena they're not a feasible franchise in the NBA and trying to get a guy to build an arena with their own money in a niche market like Sacramento isn't exactly appealing to anyone with deep enough pockets to make it happen. Throw in the fact that the Maloofs just don't care about the team and just want to recoup some of their massive losses over the past decade and you have an ownership that isn't going to be willing to sell for less to keep the team local.

It's just really hard to take a market seriously when their last two arena sponsers were a company that makes wristbands and a mattress store. Sleep Train Arena is just an embarrassing name...the Jobing.com Arena of the NBA.


The saddest thing about the Kings...in 2003, when ESPN did their first Ultimate Team Ratings list, the King were ranked 4th out of 121 - including rankings of 3rd for ownership and 4th for fan relations. Last year they ranked 121st out of 122 - including dead last for ownership and 120th for fan relations. The year before they were 121st in ownership - 'topped' only by the Atlanta Thrashers.

66-29-33 01-26-2013 05:10 PM

Hope he stays with Pens aswell. He's our cap genius, not many as good as this guy.

clefty 01-26-2013 06:51 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by 66-29-33 (Post 58395731)
Hope he stays with Pens aswell. He's our cap genius, not many as good as this guy.

Uhh no, that's not what he does.

Mr. T 01-26-2013 07:50 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by clefty (Post 58402405)
Uhh no, that's not what he does.

Burkle only keeps Botterill around to be the public face of number crunching. No one knows the true depth of his meddling with the team.

KaylaJ 01-26-2013 08:33 PM

The Maloofs have been driving this (sleep) train into a gasoline truck for years. It's been an absolute embarrassment for Sacramento. It's funny/sad looking back now at how they used to be seen as those cool young owners everyone should have, now they basically have a rift with everyone in their way including Burkle. I'd love to see the Kings stay, but there is a lot that must happen while the NBA probably just wants to wash their hands of this whole mess and make everyone forget that once again they're moving a team out.

clefty 01-26-2013 08:35 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Mr. T (Post 58407699)
Burkle only keeps Botterill around to be the public face of number crunching. No one knows the true depth of his meddling with the team.

I.....can't tell if you're kidding.

But Burkle is renowned for being hands off and letting the people hired to do their jobs do their jobs. The idea that a guy with his background is in the trenches managing the day-to-day aspects of the salary cap of a sports team is kinda funny.

nwpensfan 01-26-2013 09:22 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Big McLargehuge (Post 58371695)
This is one thing I hope Burkle fails at.

I second that.

66-29-33 01-26-2013 10:44 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by clefty (Post 58402405)
Uhh no, that's not what he does.

I keep mixing up Botterill and Burkle.

Ominous Grey 01-27-2013 08:16 PM

Seattle. Super. Sonics.

Anything less is unacceptable.

Mr. T 01-27-2013 08:30 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by clefty (Post 58412557)
I.....can't tell if you're kidding.

But Burkle is renowned for being hands off and letting the people hired to do their jobs do their jobs. The idea that a guy with his background is in the trenches managing the day-to-day aspects of the salary cap of a sports team is kinda funny.

100%.

That's why Burkle is great. He's the anti-Daniel Snyder.

Honour Over Glory 01-27-2013 09:16 PM

It's his money, I have a hard time caring what he does with it outside of the Penguins. I mean I would like to see Seattle get their team again, but not at the expense of fans losing their team in Sacramento to get it.

Not a fan of uprooting a team like that, Sonics should have never moved in the first place, same for the Grizzlies for that matter. The NBA is a joke and it starts at the top with their Commissioner, a guy that is probably the biggest clown in all of sports as far as commissioners go.

Quote:

Originally Posted by Captain Hook (Post 58378027)
I haven't found the WWE entertaining since the attitude era.

I agree that the NBA largely sucks though.

I'd rather Burkle focus on the Pens than get involved with the NBA but it's his life and his money.

WWE hasn't been interesting since the mid 90's.

Captain Hook 01-27-2013 09:55 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Honour Over Glory (Post 58491713)
WWE hasn't been interesting since the mid 90's.

Really? WWE was awful in the mid 90's imo. That was probably one of their worst eras. WCW was kicking their ass in the ratings and it led to major changes including the attitude era of the late 90's - early 2000's which is one of their most successful eras.

Big McLargehuge 01-27-2013 09:55 PM

Keep the talk on-topic boys. There's no need for the talk of homo-erotic soap operas. ;)


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