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March 25, 2011
Anaheim proposes spending $75 million to lure Kings

By Dale Kasler

Anaheim officials would issue $75 million in bonds to lure the Kings from Sacramento, according to city documents released today.

The funds include $25 million for improvements to Anaheim's arena and $50 million for "transition costs," according to a staff report submitted to the Anaheim City Council.

The staff report includes an unsigned 103-page lease between the Honda Center arena and an NBA franchise identified only as "TeamCo." The Kings' owners, the Maloofs, have been in negotiations with businessman Henry Samueli, who runs the arena and owns hockey's Anaheim Ducks, on a potential move.

Although the city would borrow the money by issuing bonds, Samueli's organization would repay the debt, the documents say.

Sources have said the Anaheim arena needs upgrades, including an NBA-caliber locker room, before the Kings relocate. The city documents don't spell out the "transition costs," but the NBA generally charges a multimillion-dollar relocation fee before a team is allowed to move. Also, the two Los Angeles teams, the Lakers and Clippers, would likely demand fees from Samueli for placing a team so close to their market.

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