Excerpted from Thursday's Contra Costa Times.
Let's face it, sports franchises are like most other multimillion-dollar businesses, they will go where they get the best, most lucrative deal. Despite having a loyal East Bay fan base, the Golden State Warriors want to move to San Francisco partially because they can get a fancy arena out of the deal. The ownership of baseball's Oakland A's would like to move from Oakland to San Jose because they would get a new stadium and many more lucrative development opportunities. But the San Francisco Giants oppose the move because Oakland's gain would be their loss as it infringes upon their franchise rights.
Now, the Sacramento Kings once again are talking of moving. The Maloof family, which has controlling ownership in the Kings, has formally applied to the league for permission to move the team to Seattle as part of a proposed ownership change. Many leaders in Sacramento are apoplectic, which we understand. But they should not be surprised. It was only slightly more than a year ago that Sacramento fended off a planned move of the franchise to Anaheim. At that time Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson, himself a former star in the NBA, put together a consortium of leaders who coughed up enough money to keep the Kings in the state capital.