CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 1, 2013 |
SACRAMENTO - There's an emotional risk to falling in love with a local pro sports team, because it can cheat on you. It can walk out and take up with another city. An owner sees greener pastures - more dollars - and jumps the fence. Or some out-of-town billionaire buys a team as a toy to bring home - as is being attempted in Seattle with the Sacramento Kings NBA team. In California's capital, basketball fans have been living in trauma for two years as suitors in Anaheim, Virginia Beach, Va., and now Seattle have made moves on their beloved Kings.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 31, 2013 |
SACRAMENTO - The most effective politician in Sacramento? There's no question. It's the mayor. Kevin Johnson - K.J. as he became known during his pro basketball playing days - is indisputably the right mayor at the right time. It's impossible to imagine any other mayor anywhere - let alone from Sacramento - who would have such entree into the National Basketball Assn. as the city struggles to keep Seattle from pilfering its beloved Kings. Johnson recently concluded a successful whale-hunting expedition - whale being the synonym for billionaires willing to buy the team and invest in a new downtown arena.
March 30, 2013 |
Kevin Johnson used a basketball analogy when discussing Sacramento's odds of keeping the Kings, saying they were like Steve Nash at the free-throw line. The implication, of course, was that the city has about a 90.4% chance of preventing the team from relocating to Seattle. For accuracy's sake, the Sacramento mayor probably should have picked a different Laker: Dwight Howard. It could easily go either way. Sacramento's chances certainly seemed to improve last week when the City Council approved a preliminary plan to help fund a new $447-million arena.
February 22, 2012 |
Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson , NBA Commissioner David Stern and Sacramento Kings ownership are expected to gather at All-Star weekend in Orlando, Fla., to discuss a new arena term sheet to submit to the city council March 6. In a joint news release by Johnson and Stern, the sides expressed confidence about meeting the NBA-imposed March 1 deadline for a plan to finance a new $387-million arena downtown. "Our approach makes good on the principles that have guided us throughout this process: protecting the taxpayers, creating jobs, and pursuing an open and transparent process," Johnson said in the statement.
December 13, 2009 |
Vitali Klitschko retained his WBC heavyweight title on Saturday night with a unanimous decision over American contender Kevin Johnson on Bern, Switzerland. The 38-year-old Ukrainian kept Johnson against the ropes for much of the fight but landed few heavy shots to hurt the 30-year-old challenger. Johnson proved a durable opponent and did his best work with counterattacking straight left jabs. Klitschko (39-2) was making his third defense of the belt he reclaimed in October last year, following a four-year break to recover from injuries.
November 20, 2009 |
When Kevin Johnson, the former NBA star who is now mayor of Sacramento, was under investigation last year for alleged financial misdeeds and inappropriate behavior with female students, he had an important ally behind the scenes. Michelle Rhee, the nationally known education reformer who is now head of the Washington, D.C., public schools, had several conversations with a federal inspector general in which she made the case for Johnson and the school he ran in Sacramento, according to the inspector general.