Sacramento Kings: 2011 NBA Lockout Will End the Kings' Reign in Sacramento

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Sacramento Kings: 2011 NBA Lockout Will End the Kings' Reign in Sacramento
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The Sacramento Kings should be considered good as gone now that the NBA lockout has commenced.

Anaheim is the only place that is benefiting from the lockout. Anaheim nearly landed the Kings following the end of the 2010-11 season, and the lockout surely will send the Kings down south. 

David Stern was the only thing standing in the way of a possible move, as the Maloof brothers and Anaheim's mayor had everything set in place in order for the Kings to move into the Honda Center. 

The Kings had already established a loan to move down to Anaheim, and now the lockout will largely effect the Kings 2011-12 ticket sales. 

Kings sponsors have already pledged around $10 million to help keep the Kings in Sacramento and prevent a move down to Anaheim. 

Charles Barkley has already come out and said that he believes the lockout could consume the entire 2011-12 season. 

Without a season, the Kings will move. Even with 50 games, it will be tough for the Kings to stay in Sacramento. 

The Maloofs will not keep the Kings in Sacramento without a new stadium deal in place. 

Sacbee.com reports that Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson has "formed a coalition of 71 political, business and labor officials from six counties to explore arena financing."

Even with this coalition, it will be nearly impossible to keep the Kings in Sacramento without a 2011-12 season. The group has set a 100-day deadline to put together a financial plan.

Their first meeting was held on June 16th, and the group known as "Here We Build" will have five more meetings prior to the September 8th deadline.

Sacramento citizens will be the key component in keeping the Kings, as nearly 80 percent of the costs for stadiums built throughout the United States have been paid for by the public. 

The Kings failed to accomplish a plan for a stadium last season, and with the lockout in full effect, the Kings will need a miracle. All Kings fans should hope for a short lockout; otherwise, they will need to get ready to see their team moved down south.  

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