LAS VEGAS - OCTOBER 13: (L-R) Brothers George Maloof Gavin Maloof and Joe Maloof watch a preseason game between the Sacramento Kings and the Los Angeles Lakers at the Thomas & Mack Center October 13 2010 in Las Vegas Nevada. The Lakers won 98-95. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that by downloading and/or using this Photograph user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
Here's a piece of news that caught me and everyone else in the NBA world by surprise. The Hampton Roads Business Journal is reporting that the owners of the Sacramento Kings and Comcast-Spectacor have a meeting scheduled to discuss the possible relocation of the franchise to Virginia Beach, of all places. Comcast-Spectacor would finance a 25-year lease on a new arena, and the franchise would move once finished.
Predictably, the folks involved in the news have denied the report. Joe Maloof, one of the franchise's co-owners, told CBS 13 in Sacramento that he has not talked to the city at all. Prior to that, Sactown Royalty, SB Nation's Kings blog, noted a bunch of reasons why a move to Virginia Beach would make no sense. Even if there's actually some legitimacy to this story, there are so many hoops to jump through before this even comes close to being a reality. I would be shocked if the Kings actually relocated to Virginia Beach.
But it did get me thinking for a second about the reach of the Washington Wizards' fanbase. Virginia Beach is a relatively big metro area, at least in the same category as Sacramento. The Wizards did have a push a few years ago to extend their fanbase down south, holding training camp in Richmond and the like, but recently, they have focused instead on fortifying D.C., Maryland and Northern Virginia.
If for some reason this deal does go through, would the Kings take away any Wizards fans? Are these just two completely separate demographics? I'm curious to hear what you guys think.