NBA TV Pulls Sacramento Kings “Here We Buy” Game From TV?

Jan 10, 2013; Sacramento, CA, USA; Sacramento Kings fans cheer as point guard Isaiah Thomas (22) watches his three point shot go in to send the game into overtime against the Dallas Mavericks during the fourth quarter at Sleep Train Arena. The Dallas Mavericks defeated the Sacramento Kings 117-112 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

The Sacramento Kings aren’t often found on “national” TV – so the few times that they are, it’s a pretty big event for both the team and fans. Knowing the Kings were to be featured on NBA TV against the Utah Jazz on February 9th, the Sacramento King faithful (Sactown Royalty, etc – along with the help of the Kings’ ticket department) put together another fan organized “Here We Buy” (think Here We Stay) night and a hefty crowd is to be expected – but it wont be broadcast nationally, as previously assumed.

Per our own Marilyn Kenyon  (Mike Tavares also brought it to my attention), NBA TV has pulled the game for unknown reasons – the tilt no longer on the NBA TV schedule (scroll to the 9th) nor is it on the Kings’ team schedule. The Denver Nuggets and Cleveland Cavaliers, who are scheduled to play the early part of the once double header, are still scheduled. The Kings game has been replaced with “NBA Game Time”.

No word on why the game was pulled or if it was in error. I have contacted the league office but haven’t received any response, as of yet.

Here’s the original schedule, which included the game on NBATV, per USA Today.

Pretty disappointing news for King fans who hoped to show their pride on a national scale, if it indeed has been pulled.

Topics: Sacramento Kings, Utah Jazz

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  • geraldshields

    More preparation for an impending heartbreak (Disclaimer: The following commenter presently lives in Seattle, WA)

  • http://twitter.com/NickMetcalf81 Nick Metcalf

    Im so torn, on one hand I would love nothing more than to have my beloved Sonics back, but I remember what that was like, I remember the feeling of my team leaving, the hurt, and I dont wish that on any fellow NBA fans. While I think its already a foregone conclusion that the NBA wants Ballmer and Hansen’s money and that they will be here in Seattle next year, I cant say this is how I wanted my team back.

    • geraldshields

      To be fair, it might have been better to create an expansion team. However, the NBA just emerged from a labor dispute in which contraction, not expansion was an option to resolve those problems. Besides, The Kings had a history of moving to other cities anyway. This is like being fired ; there’s no nice way to fire someone!

  • Guest9384

    I’m really pullin for Mayor Johnson and his “whale(s)” to save the franchise, but if they do end up leaving, I don’t think i’ll be rooting for any basketball team again. I’ll probably still watch basketball, and enjoy watching certain players play, but I won’t have a team. I don’t see myself rooting for the Sonics. And sure, there are more teams in Cali to choose from, but I’ve been a Kings fan since as long as I can remember. Not a Warriors fan, not a Clippers fan and CERTAINLY not a Lakers fan. I’ll probably change my sport to baseball. I guess.

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