21 results for tag: Think Big Sacramento

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 to continue playing in ... 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 very fair to the Maloofs.  I ... 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 Kings and an arena operator), ... 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 NBA.com's Morning Tip with David Aldridge.  And in today's USA Today, the mayor, Senator Daryl Steinberg and Think Big Executive ... 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 entertainment-and-sports complex ... 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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Scheduled Think Big Sacramento arena town halls for this week

As announced at the city council meeting last Thursday, there are a few arena-related engagements happening this week. If you are able to attend and participate, here are the details. August 8 (Today) WHAT:  Town Hall Meeting WHEN: 6 PM WHERE:  Amtrak Station - 401 I Street, Sacramento, CA WHY:  A site report ... More

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."
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Audio: An arena project update from Mayor Kevin Johnson’s chief of staff

The arena project was the 13th item discussed during last night's Sacramento city council meeting.  Mayor Kevin Johnson's Chief of Staff Kunal Merchant spent about five minutes recapping its progress, noting that the Think Big Sacramento Committee is approximately three quarters into the 100-day study period. Figuring out ... More

Cowbell Kingdom Podcast Ep 13 – Rob McAllister of NewsTalk 1530 KFBK

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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