Off-Court Issues Continue To Plague Kings

The Kings are struggling on the court this season with a 10-20 record leading to sole possession of last place in the Pacific Division. Much of the struggle can be attributed to the lack of development of their young players which led to an early season head coaching change, but bright spots can be found as the team currently ranks fifth in the league with 43.4 RPG. Uncertainty for the Kings' future is even stronger off the court as the franchise continues to hash out plans for funding a new arena with the city of Sacramento and face non-payment on a naming-rights deal.

  • Word out of Sacramento reveals that the city is trying to figure out if city residents would support an initiative that would require out-of-towners to pay a surcharge for using arena parking on event nights. Tony Bizjak of The Sacramento Bee writes that fee would cost individuals heading into Sacramento for a night of entertainment an additional $1 to $3 per vehicle, a figure that would potentially net the city millions of dollars to help offset the cost of funding a new arena. Bizjak reports that a survey is currently being conducted by phone to help gauge public opinion on the proposed parking plan. 
  • Amidst rumors that the franchise is headed to Seattle if arena funding is not secured by March, the Kings are dealing with a business deal gone bad at the hands of Power Balance. Dale Kasler of The Sacramento Bee says the wristband maker has failed to make good on a naming-rights deal signed last year with the Kings that led to Arco Arena being rebranded as Power Balance Pavilion. The Kings are owed over $8MM by Power Balance, who filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection last fall.

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