Non-Sharks NorCal Sports Thread XVIII
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01-11-2013, 06:22 PM
Join Date: May 2009
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I don't get it. Sacramento has a population of nearly 500,000 people, is the 35th largest in the USA and if you include the surrounding cities like Stockton, is the fourth largest in California and 25th in the USA.
Of the MSA's larger than Sacramento, every single one has a sports team. There are 20 smaller MSA's than Sacramento that support sports franchises, and that excludes all the Canadian NHL teams.
My hope was to see Seattle get an NHL franchise to help the West Coast travel and have another regional rivilary. This wont help.
It's never been an issue of ticket sales / fan support in Sacramento. They packed that arena every night when there was ever any semblance of a competitive team on the floor.
It's an ownership issue. The Maloofs have driven their businesses into the ground and don't have the money for a competitive team. Maloofs never wanted to sell the Kings, but that Seattle money will pay off all their loans and give them plenty of pocket change for years to come.
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