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08-23-2012, 12:58 PM
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NBA Sacramento to Virginia Beach VA with new arena? (Could hockey work there?)

http://insidebiz.com/news/sources-sa...ena-deal-works

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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.

A deal between the Maloof family, which owns the Sacramento Kings, and the city of Sacramento for a $391 million entertainment complex fell apart three months ago and it has been reported that the owners are looking for a city for their franchise.

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.

City officials and the Maloof family are expected to announce Wednesday that the Kings will land in Virginia Beach, sources said.
ACC plans to add building into rotation for championship events.

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Maloof's are absolute ********.

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That'll wreak havoc with the alignment -- or would the Virginia Royals have to play at least one season in the Pacific Division?

ETA: This should pretty much indicate that none of the floated Las Vegas Arena proposals are anywhere close to really coming to fruition. If they were, the Maloofs would be looking for every way to temporarily play out of the T&M or other Vegas facilities while the main arena was built. IMO, of course.

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Well, the Hampton Roads region has long been rumored as a potential landing spot for NBA, NHL, and MLB teams, but the end result has always been nothing because none of the major towns/cities are really large or wealthy enough to put down the municipal funds by themselves and they're all notoriously disorganized and couldn't conceivably team up in a regional agreement for a new stadium or arena.

Then again, if memory serves, pretty much all attempts to put a team in any sport there revolved around Norfolk, so maybe they can have a better go at it with Virginia Beach (the largest city in the region, but not centrally located like Norfolk).

EDIT: Also, Virginia Beach is in Virginia not North Carolina, LadyStanley.

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So, now where does Chris Hansen look for his Sonics?

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So, now where does Chris Hansen look for his Sonics?


He'll have to be like Clay Bennett though.

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Virginia Beach VA!!! Change the title!

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EDIT: Also, Virginia Beach is in Virginia not North Carolina, LadyStanley.
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Virginia Beach VA!!! Change the title!
There's a Virginia Beach in NC (too), which came up first in Google search.

(I hate it when authors do not include anything but city name, in articles like this.)

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I used to go fishing down near Virginia beach all the time.. I don't really think it could support a team

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How does the territorial rights work in the NBA? I can't see the Wizards being fine with this.

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How does the territorial rights work in the NBA? I can't see the Wizards being fine with this.
Washington to the Hampton Roads area is a drive. They're two completely different places (much further than the distance from Staples Center to Anaheim).

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Well, the Hampton Roads region has long been rumored as a potential landing spot for NBA, NHL, and MLB teams, but the end result has always been nothing because none of the major towns/cities are really large or wealthy enough to put down the municipal funds by themselves and they're all notoriously disorganized and couldn't conceivably team up in a regional agreement for a new stadium or arena.

Then again, if memory serves, pretty much all attempts to put a team in any sport there revolved around Norfolk, so maybe they can have a better go at it with Virginia Beach (the largest city in the region, but not centrally located like Norfolk).
The Virginia Beach Sportsplex is a white elephant built by Virginia Beach about a decade or so ago to attract an MLS team. Needless to say it's not worked. I think it now hosts minor league soccer, some high school football, random other events that don't draw many fans, and the Virginia Destroyers of the UFL.

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Why not a real market.

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Hampton Roads is one of the largest areas in the country totally un-served by professional sports, this would be a solid move. It would also cement the NBA as the league for the new players in the sunbelt, like OKC.


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How does the territorial rights work in the NBA? I can't see the Wizards being fine with this.
They're 200 miles apart, I doubt there's any territorial rights there.

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There's a Virginia Beach in NC (too), which came up first in Google search.

(I hate it when authors do not include anything but city name, in articles like this.)
Well, searching for it.... no luck on Wikipedia or Google Maps for a Virginia Beach in North Carolina, but there is a hit for what looks like a hotel website for it off normal Google searches. Thinking it's either an area-related confusion auto generated site or North Carolina just trying to attract some Virginia Beach-area tourist dollars.

Oh, and to get on topic, Maloofs are already denying it, and it's not like that family ever lies, right Sacramento?

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Well, searching for it.... no luck on Wikipedia or Google Maps for a Virginia Beach in North Carolina, but there is a hit for what looks like a hotel website for it off normal Google searches. Thinking it's either an area or North Carolina just trying to attract some Virginia Beach-area tourist dollars.

Oh, and to get on topic, Maloofs are already denying it, and it's not like that family ever lies, right Sacramento?
It's very near the North Carolina border but that part of North Carolina has little population. The closest major market Raleigh is a 3-hour drive to Norfolk (about the distance from Raleigh to Charlotte).

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Virginia Beach is a resort city?



Washington to the Hampton Roads area is a drive. They're two completely different places (much further than the distance from Staples Center to Anaheim).
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Hampton Roads is one of the largest areas in the country totally un-served by professional sports, this would be a solid move. It would also cement the NBA as the league for the new players in the sunbelt, like OKC.




They're 200 miles apart, I doubt there's any territorial rights there.
Ah, thanks. I guess I should look at a map more often.

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How does the territorial rights work in the NBA? I can't see the Wizards being fine with this.
If anything, the Bobcats would probably have a more pressing complaint here, even though they're further away. Virginia Beach is right on the border with North Carolina and that region of Virginia really is more like North Carolina than D.C. and Northern Virginia.

But that being said, don't see it as being legitimate if either complained. As has been said, it's a market without any major pro teams and they'd be the only major pro team in their entire state, too.

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If anything, the Bobcats would probably have a more pressing complaint here, even though they're further away. Virginia Beach is right on the border with North Carolina and that region of Virginia really is more like North Carolina than D.C. and Northern Virginia.

But that being said, don't see it as being legitimate if either complained. As has been said, it's a market without any major pro teams and they'd be the only major pro team in their entire state, too.
I believe you'd have a claim in Norfolk; Isn't it a true statement that VA Beach is part of the regional megaloplis that was Hampton Roads, which also includes Portsmouth, but when the Admirals switched from the E to the AHL, IT CAME with a caveat that Norfolk became the principal city and VA Beach is considered both Tides (Tidewater) and Admirals territory and then ODU has to be considered another potential block to this deal....

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If anything, the Bobcats would probably have a more pressing complaint here, even though they're further away. Virginia Beach is right on the border with North Carolina and that region of Virginia really is more like North Carolina than D.C. and Northern Virginia.

But that being said, don't see it as being legitimate if either complained. As has been said, it's a market without any major pro teams and they'd be the only major pro team in their entire state, too.
The Bobcats hardly have a fan following in Raleigh, let alone Hampton Roads. The nearest semi-big North Carolina city to Virginia Beach is Elizabeth City and to drive from Elizabeth City to Charlotte is 6 hours.

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Why not vancouver?

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I believe you'd have a claim in Norfolk; Isn't it a true statement that VA Beach is part of the regional megaloplis that was Hampton Roads, which also includes Portsmouth, but when the Admirals switched from the E to the AHL, IT CAME with a caveat that Norfolk became the principal city and VA Beach is considered both Tides (Tidewater) and Admirals territory and then ODU has to be considered another potential block to this deal....
once again... the AHL has no recourse to claim an NHL team is violating their territorial area

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Why not vancouver?
Moslt likely since the Malloofs still want to own the team so Seattle/Vancouver are put on the back burner for now since both markets have preferred ownership.

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http://blogs.sacbee.com/breaking_new...#mi_rss=Sports

Comcast guaranteeing pro team for Virginia Beach arena.



http://blogs.sacbee.com/breaking_new...#mi_rss=Sports

Sacramento mayor knows nothing of potential move.


http://blogs.sacbee.com/breaking_new...#mi_rss=Sports

Virginia Beach leaders just learning of developing news.


http://blogs.sacbee.com/breaking_new...#mi_rss=Sports

Maloofs: No comment
NBA: we know nothing

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Why is the NBA letting all these 4th tier cities in pro sports?

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