Vivek Ranadive, software tycoon, turned into a basketball ticket salesman today.
The prospective new lead owner of the Sacramento Kings took a 15-minute turn inside the Kings' ticket office this afternoon, phoning season-ticket holders to ask them to renew for the upcoming season.
He made four sales, in one case persuading a fellow Hindi speaker to double his commitment to a total of $20,944.
"Thank you sir," he told the purchaser, "and I look forward to seeing you opening night."
He told another fan who agreed to renew his season tickets: "I know where your seat is, I'll come say hello."
With yet another caller, he had to spell his first name and appeared to have trouble convincing the season ticket holder it was really him.
Ranadive and co-investor Andy Miller, who also worked the phones, were among the contingent of new Kings owners who arrived in town today in advance of a giant rally at Cesar Chavez Plaza in downtown Sacramento.
Other owners who arrived at Sleep Train Arena this afternoon included Arjun Gupta, Chris Kelly and Mark Mastrov.
Before he started on his phone calls, Ranadive led employees in a brief chant: "You have to say, 'Attitude, huh!'" he told them. "I want an exclamation point." They complied.
The Ranadive group agreed to buy the Kings from the Maloof family last week, one day after the Kings' proposed move to Seattle was vetoed by the NBA. The NBA board of governors is expected to approve the sale next week.
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