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Fans watch the Kings play the Portland Trail Blazers.


Which game will you watch Monday night?

Leading Off: Kings facing stiff competition for fans

Published: Thursday, Jan. 3, 2013 - 12:00 am | Page 1C
Last Modified: Thursday, Jan. 3, 2013 - 5:50 pm

The Kings have struggled attracting fans to Sleep Train Arena nearly has much as they have on the basketball court this season.

After 17 home games, the Kings remain mired near the bottom in the league in home attendance; their average of 13,274 tops only Detroit's 13,258.

While a backlash against the Kings' owners and the uncertainly over the team's future have contributed to the fans' indifference, the low attendance isn't all the Kings' fault.

Some of it is beyond their control.

All three of the Kings' Sunday home games last month – Dec. 16 vs. Denver, Dec. 23 vs. Portland and Dec. 30 vs. Boston – were on the same day as big 49ers games against New England (Dec. 16), Seattle (Dec. 23) and Arizona (Dec. 30).

In the next 10 days, the Kings have two other huge conflicts. Their next home game, Monday against Memphis, is up against the BCS Championship between Notre Dame and Alabama. And the Jan. 12 home game against Miami will be played while the 49ers are hosting an NFL playoff game.

When sports fans are forced to choose between attending a Kings game this early in the season or watching the 49ers or the national college football championship on TV, it's really a no-brainer. Of course, the Kings' cause would be helped if the Maloofs would publicly address the arena issue and the future of the team in Sacramento.

Live chat update – Speaking of the Kings' owners, we're still waiting for a formal acceptance of our invitation to Joe and Gavin Maloof to participate in a sacbee.com live chat; during next week's homestand would be the perfect time.

Today's poll

Which game will you watch Monday night?

• BCS Championship

• Kings at Sleep Train

• Kings on TV

• None

Vote above or leave your comments in the comment field; or go to www.sacbee.com/sports

Wednesday's results

Should the Raiders fire coach Dennis Allen?

• Yes: 55%

• No: 45%

Total votes: 371

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