Re "Mayor to take bid to NBA" (Page A1, Jan. 16): As we slog through another discontented winter of NBA relocation deadlines, hourly rumors, and another mayoral presentation to the NBA Board of Governors, a few questions come to mind.
What if the Maloofs sell to a new owner who promises to keep the Kings in Sacramento? What will that new owner expect in terms of government subsidies and waivers from environmental laws? What will taxpayers get in return for such an investment? Will Kings fans get to enjoy a competitive team that sells reasonably priced tickets? And if the taxpayers and fans invest their dollars and energy on this team, will they stay permanently in Sacramento?
Although NBA Commissioner David Stern says nice things about Sacramento, his first priority is to ensure that his owners make money- particularly through selling their teams at huge profits. And a bidding war among owners and cities is a means to that end.
-- Jason Orta, Sacramento