Burkle investor in Sacramento Kings
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03-02-2013, 12:45 AM
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There was ample speculation that while option #1 was to keep the kings in Sacremento, that may end up being undoable. The next most likely spot will be moving them into Seattle, though the govt there isnt making that option easy either. Even before Burkle's involvement started up a few months back, the talk was that Pittsburgh would be option #3. Yes, that is correct. The NBA has been comtemplating moving a team there since the Mellon Arena days, but really stepped up the idea when CEC came into play. Many of the in the knows have said that Burkle will try to make the team viable in sacremento, but if they wont give the team what it needs to survive, it could be moved back to Pgh to split time with the pens at CEC. It may be another step towards a all pgh sports channel. the Lemieux/Burkle group tried to pry the Pirates from Bob Nutting's hands a few years back for that reason.
The current owners have an agreement in place to sell the Kings to Hansen and have already petitioned the NBA to relocate to Seattle on behalf of new owners. Burkle's name just came up in a last minute attempt to keep team in Sacramento. Pretty much up to NBA now.
Hansen group has arena deal in place with local Seattle government provided a NBA team is acquired. I hope Kings come to Seattle as then chance of an NHL team becomes likely. And Burkle can keep focus on Pens.
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