Update 12 p.m. KTXL TV Sports Director Jim Crandell reports on his conversation with Kings’ co-owner George Maloof, who told him Sacramento needed to make a firm commitment to a new arena for the Kings to stay past the coming year.

Mayor Kevin Johnson’s reaction from KCRA here.

Update 11 a.m. Sacramento mayor Kevin Johnson is scheduled to speak at 11 a.m. Watch on KCRA or watch on KTXL.

Co-owner George Maloof told the Sacramento Bee this morning that the team is staying in Sacramento for at least another year. The Bee reports that NBA officials told the Maloofs the league wants the Kings to stay put rather than move to Anaheim.

Billionaire Henry Samueli had offered the financially struggling Kings tens of millions in loans to play in his company’s Honda Center, in Anaheim, but Sacto Mayor Kevin Johnson had put up a last-ditch effort to save the team by lining up new corporate sponsorships. But the city must still convince the league that it has a plan to make the team financially viable in the long run.

KTXL Sacramento says it will broadcast a press conference of Sacramento mayor Kevin Johnson at 11 a.m.

The Orange County Register first reported the story.

For background on the Kings’ saga, listen to our interview with Bee columnist Ailene Voisin from a few weeks ago.

Kings Staying in Sacramento for Now 2 May,2011Jon Brooks


Jon Brooks

Jon Brooks is the host and editor of KQED’s health and technology blog, Future of You. He is the former editor of KQED’s daily news blog, News Fix. A veteran blogger, he previously worked for Yahoo! in various news writing and editing roles. He was also the editor of EconomyBeat.org, which documented user-generated content about the financial crisis and recession. Jon is also a playwright whose work has been produced in San Francisco, New York, Italy, and around the U.S. He has written about film for his own blog and studied film at Boston University. He has an MFA in Creative Writing from Brooklyn College.

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