News aplenty: Vegas League attendance dwindles, lockout reigns and arena plan moves forward

Lots of news on the lockout and arena fronts from the past two days... Las Vegas fall league opens Despite the hype from Phoenix Suns swingman Jared Dudley, the crowds so far haven't shown up for the Impact Competitive Training Series.  Here's an image from yesterday before game 1 at the ... More

Cowbell Kingdom Podcast Ep 19: KFBK Report Rob McAllister on Nexus Report

KFBK reporter Rob McAllister joins us on this week's podcast and discusses Think Big Sacramento's unveiling of the Nexus Report. Highlights
  • Parking may play a major factor in paying for the proposed entertainment-and-sports complex. McAllister:  "It'll be interesting to see what kind of rate will be negotiated and what kind of company would want to take that on, knowing that they would have put up a big chunk of money up front.  And these days, are there are lot of parking operating companies that have that kind of cash?  I just don't know.  I think we'll have to wait and see who's in line to do that."
  • EB-5 is a creative and little-known option Think Big has put on the table.  But it's also controversial.  Why?  "During the late 90s and early 2000s, it was just a way for basically (immigrant) investors to get in (the country), they could kind of bypass a lot of things and these projects would fall apart.  They weren't managed correctly.  It was just really a lack of oversight."  McAllister adds "It's not a perfect system, but I think they've (the feds) gotten a little bit better handle on it in the last few years than the previous 20 that it was operating."
  • Out of all the funding options presented, McAllister thinks parking and land sales could be the top moneymakers.  But he also adds "...hopefully the (real estate) market rebounds.  Sacramento's real estate is very poor.  It's one of the worst in the state and the country.  This is not the time you want to be selling property.  This is the time you'd want to buy."
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Kings release statement on Think Big Sacramento’s latest arena report

This is reaction from the organization in general, via press release: "The Kings organization views The Nexus Report as a very positive step toward the goal of a new entertainment and sports complex that will bring substantial economic benefits to the entire region and we hope will enable the team ... More

Audio: Arena financing Q&A, including Mayor Kevin Johnson on Maloofs involvement

At the conclusion of Think Big Sacramento's presentation of the Nexus Report at today's Sacramento Press Club luncheon, speakers took questions.  Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson was asked by Press Club President Rich Ehisen on the Maloofs' involvement in the process. I think that...I have to be ... More

100-day arena study concludes with unveiling of Nexus Plan

The Think Big Sacramento Committee just wrapped up their presentation of the Nexus Report to the Sacramento Press Club.  You can read the entire report here (PDF format).  In summation, the report suggests that the development costs be divvied up three ways between private entities (the NBA, the ... More

Kevin Johnson on the Grant Napear Show

This afternoon, Mayor Kevin Johnson continued his media tour, dropping by the Kings flagship station, KHTK 1140.  Not only did the Mayor field Grant's questions, but he stuck around to take a few from callers as well.  Here are some of the highlights of a very good discussion between Napes and ... More

Arena Chat: Johnson, Steinberg and Lehane Q&As with USA Today

As the 100-day study period nears its end, Think Big Sacramento is ramping up publicity for Thursday's unveiling of arena financing options.  Yesterday, Mayor Kevin Johnson wrote a guest piece for's Morning Tip with David Aldridge.  And in today's USA Today, the mayor, Senator Daryl ... More

Mayor Kevin Johnson talks arena on David Aldridge’s Morning Tip

Outside of ESPN's Kings-focused 5-on-5 roundtable, the relocation/arena efforts haven't garnered much national attention since the team's decision to stay in May.  With some help from Turner Sports' David Aldridge, Mayor Kevin Johnson took some time to update the region's efforts to build a new ... More

Cowbell Kingdom Podcast Ep 18: Writers Roundtable with Sam Amick of Sports Illustrated and Aaron Bruski of NBC Sports

As the summer drags on, the NBA Lockout continues to sap the energy and joy from the game of basketball.  But hope appears to be on the horizon, for Sacramento fans at least, with the unveiling of financing options for a new Sacramento arena less than a week away.  Along with Cowbell's own, James Ham, we welcomed  Sam Amick of Sports Illustrated and Aaron Bruski of NBC Sports to discuss those matters and more on today's podcast. Highlights
  •  Playing overseas: would European teams be willing to accommodate NBA players with desires to join teams later in their respective seasons?  The three panellists weigh-in.
  • Their takes on what a new labor agreement will look like when it's reached.
  • Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson has promoted the idea of transparency.  Each panellist shares their view on the city's approach this time around toward building a new arena.
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Think Big Sacramento almost ready to hand out “menu” of financing options

The Think Big Sacramento committee has announced that they are almost ready to put forth what they are calling a "menu" of funding options for a new entertainment and sports complex in the downtown rail yards.  This menu will be released on September 8th at the Sacramento Press Club's monthly ... More