Jan 12, 2013; Sacramento, CA, USA; Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson waves to fans during the game between the Miami Heat and Sacramento Kings at Sleep Train Arena. The Miami Heat defeated the Sacramento Kings 128-99. Mandatory Credit: Ed Szczepanski-USA TODAY Sports

Sacramento City Council To Speak With “Whales” About Sacramento Kings Shortly


You know when you were about 15 or 16 and snuck out against your parents’ wishes – thinking you were way too calm, cool and collected to get caught, you crept in quietly in the cover of night. Then out of no place, the lights came on, you turned around and your parents stood there – arms folded – asking where you had been. Shit had just became real. And for Sacramento and the rumored though not officially announced “whales”, shit, has just got real.

According to the Sacramento Bee, City Manager John Shirey plans to ask the City Council for permission this coming Tuesday to begin negotiations on financing a new downtown arena with the unnamed “whales”, which are rumored to be Ron Burkle and Mark Mastrov.

While talks have apparently already taken place, at least, in an informal sense, the announcement pretty much means that the rumored whales will be officially announced within the next week or so.

The two sides will cover a handful of topics, though, few more important than that of the proposed arena. As you’ll recall, the Railyards plan, which was vetted by the NBA before the Maloof family backed out was rumored to be in question because there were whispers that the supposed whales were more interested in the Downtown Plaza site, though, there’s been no confirmation of that, which is one of the reasons for the upcoming meeting.

Either way, it appears some of the big unanswered questions will have a bit of resolution in the coming days.

Tags: Arena Mark Mastrov Relocation Ron Burkle Sacramento Kings