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NBA Kings to Remain in Sacramento

By Ryan Norris -- February 28, 2012 11:56 AM EST

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It looks like California's capital city will keep their lone top-level professional sports franchise. The NBA, Mayor Kevin Johnson, and the Maloof brothers hammered out a handshake agreement to keep the Kings in Sacramento by green-lighting a new arena plan to replace outdated Power Balance Pavilion.

This agreement took a compromise from the Maloofs, the city, and AEG who upped the ante to get the ball rolling on the new sports and entertainment project. The Kings have been struggling to draw attendance since the last time they made a run at the title in 2004.

This comes as a bit of a surprise as the majority of sentiment was squarely in the camp that the Maloofs would try to move the franchise. Seattle and Anaheim (long considered the leader in the clubhouse) were deemed legit players in the Kings sweepstakes, with the Maloofs' own Las Vegas always lurking in the shadows.

The new facility, to be erected in the downtown rail yards, is just a city council vote away. That vote, set for March 6, will be conducted by a council who have voted for all measures under the current project.

If all goes according to plan, the arena would open in 2015.

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