When the Maloofs and Mayor Kevin Johnson began their campaign for a much needed new sports complex a few years ago, one of the main reasons (outside of the Kings) was because their current digs were continually getting passed over for non-NBA related activities. Whether it was big name concerts or events like the NCAA Tournament, Power Balance Pavilion was no longer an option. Or, so we thought.
The Sacramento Bee is reporting that the NCAA has included Sacramento as one of 60 cities that can submit a bid to host a round of the annual March tournament:
Sacramento was included in a list of about 60 cities informed by the NCAA that the bidding process had begun. The Sacramento Sports Commission officially submitted a bid on Aug. 3 to be one of 26 sites to host games those two years.
One of the key factors in that above blurb is the date – 2015. That’s the year the tournament would come to Sacramento if they’re one of the winning venues. So what does that have to do with the Kings? Well, being the Maloof family owns PBP, they had to be involved in the bidding process with Sacramento Sports Commission, a sign that they at least have intentions of remaining involved with PBP until 2015, at the least. Now granted – they could continue to operate the building without the Kings in Sacramento (or simply sell it at a loss with the buyers maintaining it through 2015 ), but, both scenarios seem a little out there.
It may mean little to the Kings, overall, but it’s an interesting nugget to keep in the back of your mind.