by Jonathan Santiago & James Ham

Long Live the Sacramento Kings Rally (Photo: Jonathan Santiago)

“Long live the Sacramento Kings”.  That was the message of yesterday’s massive celebration taking place at Cesar Chavez Park.  Cowbell Kingdom was there and caught up with new Kings owners Mark Mastrov, Paul Jacobs, Phil Oates and Dave “Deuce” Mason of CBS Sports 1140 at yesterday’s event.  Listen down below.

Excerpts

Mark Mastrov

It’s amazing because you look at what we’ve done in the last four months.  I mean Burkle and I started off and then we slowly brought Vivek in quietly and then it evolved into the Jacobs family and Andy Miller and Chris Kelly and Raj (Bhathal) and everybody else.  But when you look at the people around us, it’s an amazing group of brain power with the diversity of experiences that are going to add a tremendous value to this franchise.

Paul Jacobs

The thing the fans need to know is that they’re the one who kept the team in Sacramento.  The league didn’t want to move the team when they knew that these fans had the passion that they had, the excitement that they had.  Sacramento supported the team and that’s why we’re here.  Sure we’re a new ownership group and we came in and put some money in, but it was really the fans that made the team stay here and that’s what this day is about.

Phil Oates

As a community, it’s thrilling because we need jobs in this community.  We need this to be a place where people are moving to, not away from.  And I think with this energy of this downtown arena, with the whole great feeling that it brings to this town, knowing that people, tremendous people of power are coming from San Diego and Los Angeles, the Silicon Valley, it means Sacramento is going to live long past me and into the lifetime of my grandson who’s due on Monday and past to his grandson.

Deuce Mason

This new ownership group is all about the fans…They’re gonna be in Sleep Train for the next three years and they will make the most of it.  They’re gonna do great with what they have.  Then you go to the new arena, it’s going to be even more amazing.  That’s what I’m so excited for.  I have so much belief in this new ownership group.  This isn’t just some “oh we’re doing this for fun”.  They are doing it because they believe in this community.


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Music Credit: Ronald Jenkees – Guitar Sound

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