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February 20, 2011
City Beat: Let's put the latest Kings news in context

There are a lot of nervous Kings fans this morning. That's understandable. But I wanted to provide a little context on this arena issue.

NBA Commissioner David Stern's comments this weekend that the league was taking a hands-off stance on Sacramento's arena push aren't new. Last September, Bee colleague Tony Bizjak and I reported the league would no longer take an active role in the issue after a land swap arena proposal involving Cal Expo fell through.

And then there's Stern's comments confirming the Kings have spoken to Anaheim officials about moving the team there. The Maloofs said months ago they would keep their options open and Anaheim has been mentioned several times as a suitor of the team.

I'm not saying Kings fans shouldn't be nervous. But let's remember what has already been said.

What is new is the push by the Sactown Royalty blog and the Here We Stay campaign to sell out the Kings' next home game, a Feb. 28 match-up with the Clippers. There's also an advertising campaign about to debut with billboards and social media urging the team to stay.

If you're a Kings fan, playing a role in those campaigns seems a lot more productive this morning than worrying about news that isn't new.

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About City Beat

Ryan Lillis has covered the city of Sacramento, its 108 neighborhoods and its politicians since 2008. Prior to that, he covered crime at The Bee. A native of upstate New York, Lillis has a journalism degree from the University of California, Berkeley.

Contact reporter Ryan Lillis at rlillis@sacbee.com

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