21 results for tag: Think Big Sacramento
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 very fair to the Maloofs. I ... More
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 Kings and an arena operator), ... More
Think Big Sacramento is ramping up publicity for Thursday's unveiling of arena financing options. Yesterday, Mayor Kevin Johnson wrote a guest piece for NBA.com's Morning Tip with David Aldridge. And in today's USA Today, the mayor, Senator Daryl Steinberg and Think Big Executive ... 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.
Cowbell Kingdom Podcast Ep 14 – Paul Maslin of FM3 Research on Sacramento region’s attitude toward new arena
Findings from a recent survey suggest broad-based support for a new entertainment-and-sports complex in Sacramento. Paul Maslin of Fairbank, Maslin, Maulin, Metz & Associates, the company that conducted the survey, joined us to discuss the results. Highlights
- FM3 has conducted 20 or more surveys through the years in a variety of locations on public opinion regarding sports venues. Recently, they've done work in Los Angeles amidst the city's effort to build a new football stadium.
- More than ever, political agendas are met with public skepticism. So is it surprising to find such support for a project with political backing? "In that context, to have this kind of support for this arena is striking. I said last night striking is the word I used and I'll repeat it. It is significant, it is striking, it matters...in the midst of what has been a tougher climate in general..."
- On Think Big Sacramento's execution so far: "I give them credit because they have created the notion of a balanced approach, which people want. They have clearly gotten people interested and aware of the entire issue, 90 percent. The fundamentals of the site they've picked and what it means economically clearly have tremendous support. And they're exploring, with the understanding the Maloofs and other private developers and private interests are going to be part of this deal and part of where the funding is coming from, some interesting ways to solve the public piece. People get it that this can't be all public and can't be all private."
Think Big Sacramento Committee is approximately three quarters into the 100-day study period. Figuring out ... More
After a one-week reprieve, we're back! Think Big Sacramento announced some new developments this week on the on-going arena project. KFBK's Rob McAllister joins us on the Cowbell Kingdom podcast to share his thoughts on the entertainment-and-sports complex committee's latest findings. Follow Rob on Twitter. Highlights
- Ideas for publicly financing the arena are beginning to take shape. But what about private funding? According to McAllister, involving private entities like an AEG and also the Kings will mainly serve the purpose of showing creditors the project is worthy of a loan. "There isn't going to be, let's say, a multi-millionaire (or) billionaire that's willing to throw $50 to 100 million on an arena. That's really not feasible and that really does not make any sense for anyone to do that."
- Fall-out from the lockout? "I don't think it's going to help in the matter of public opinion if the team is locked out in November and you're trying to push for an arena. People are going to be upset if they can't watch the Kings. On the other end, I think it also slows up the Anaheim deal where they can't just move in the middle of a lockout." He adds that the lockout doesn't really help or hurt the process.
- Yesterday's Public Synergies Report revealed some unorthodox means of funding, including selling parcels of city-owned land to raise anywhere from $30 to 60 million dollars for the project. McAllister believes the land the city could bargain would be from Natomas.
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