Leaders in the effort to keep the Kings in Sacramento
Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson celebrates with the Crown Downtown members after the City Council voted to finance an entertainment and sports center on March 27, 2013 in Sacramento, Calif. Sacramento's City Council voted on a wide-ranging deal designed to finance an entertainment and sports center and keep the NBA's Kings from moving to Seattle. "When we started this project I never imagined so many important leaders from across (California would) become a part of it," Johnson tweeted April 12.
On March 21 Vivek Ranadive, an Indian-born software tycoon and part owner of the NBA Golden State Warriors, emerged as the new leader of the effort to buy the Sacramento Kings and keep the team in Sacramento.
At his Feb. 28 State of the City address, Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson announced that 24 Hour Fitness founder Mark Mastrov was teaming up with grocery tycoon Ron Burkle to buy the Sacramento Kings and construct an arena at the site of downtown's open-air mall.
Southern California grocery tycoon Ron Burkle expressed interest in buying the Sacramento Kings in 2011. He emerged as a major investor in the latest effort to keep the team in Sacramento on Feb. 28 when Mayor Kevin Johnson announced that Burkle and 24 Hour Fitness founder Mark Mastrov were teaming up to buy the Kings and build an arena downtown. On April 8, Burkle withdrew because of a conflict of interest.
Vivek Ranadive, one of the major figures in the local effort to buy the Sacramento Kings, announced on March 25 that the Jacobs family of San Diego, founders of Qualcomm, would be joining the investor group. The family will be represented by company CEO Paul Jacobs (pictured here) and brothers Jeff and Hal Jacobs.
On April 9 Sacramento developer Mark Friedman, whose family controls Arden Fair mall and other properties, joined the bid to buy the NBA Sacramento Kings and build the team a new arena at Downtown Plaza. "I'm making a big bet.
What this will do is ignite the downtown."
On April 12 Chris Kelly, a former Facebook executive who ran for California attorney general in 2010, was unveiled as a new partner. "I am very excited to be a part of this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity," Kelly said on Twitter.
Andy Miller, a tech entrepreneur in San Francisco, president and chief operating officer of Leap Motion, a motion-control hardware and software company. He also is co-owner of the Modesto Nuts minor league baseball team.
Owner of RAJ Manufacturing, based in Tustin, which makes such swimwear brands as Hurley, Reef, Nautica and Guess. His participation was announced on May 15, 2013.
Leaders in the effort to keep the Kings in Sacramento and to build a new arena.