HECTOR AMEZCUA / hamezcua@sacbee.com

City Councilman Jay Schenirer, left, chats with Gavin Maloof, center, and Joe Maloof at a Kings game.


Would you attend the Kings' home opener next season if the Maloofs still owned the team?

Leading Off: If Maloofs return, this longtime fan won't

Published: Wednesday, May. 15, 2013 - 12:00 am | Page 1C
Last Modified: Friday, Aug. 16, 2013 - 10:30 pm

Todd Dingley, 63, attended the first Kings game in Sacramento on Oct. 25, 1985, at the tilt-up of an arena on North Market Street with 10,332 other fans.

As a season ticket holder ever since, he's suffered with the team through some awful seasons and celebrated with them during that run of success that almost brought an NBA title to Sacramento.

But what if the Maloofs return as owners of the Kings next season? They'll have do it without him.

"It's kind of crazy," said Dingley, whose seats are in section 214, row C. "They don't respect anything. … I can't see supporting them."

Like many others, Dingley doesn't think much of the Maloofs' reported "backup" plan if the NBA doesn't approve their deal to sell the team to Seattle investors, who want to move the franchise. The latest nonsense: The Maloofs would sell 20 percent of the team for $125 million and remain as managing partners, and the team would play next season in Sleep Train Arena.

The thought of that is so ludicrous it's beyond belief. Imagine Opening Night and how different it would be from 1985. Not only would it be the first home opener that hadn't sold out in 29 seasons, we don't think more than a few thousand would show up, and many of those would be there only to boo the Maloofs.

Dingley made it clear where he won't be.

"It's not just about selling the team any more," Dingley said. "It's about screwing Sacramento now. … I'm not going; they're not getting my money."

Today's poll

Would you attend the Kings' home opener next season if the Maloofs still owned the team?

• Yes, I love the Kings.

• Yes, but only to boo the Maloofs.

• Maybe, but only if I could score a free ticket.

• No, are you kidding?

Vote above or leave your comments in the comment field

Tuesday's results

Does golf interest you more with Tiger Woods winning?

• Yes: 68%

• No: 32%

Total votes: 200

Call The Bee's Tom Couzens, (916) 321-1097. Follow him on Twitter @tomcouzens.

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