SACRAMENTO (CBS13) – The possible move of the Sacramento Kings to Anaheim may take a detour through the halls of the State Capitol.

This morning, State Senator Darrell Steinberg of Sacramento said he will be introducing a bill on Wednesday that would effectively prohibit a California city from signing a contract with a professional sports team unless that team has paid off all its debts to the other city.

Steinberg’s spokesperson, Mark Hedlund, says the wording on the bill is still being finalized.

The bill is obviously a response to possible move of the Sacramento Kings to Anaheim.

Steinberg announced the bill on KFBK radio this morning and said although the move affects a private company, public money is also at stake which is why he is getting involved.

Comments (16)
  1. Chris Chilton says:

    I hope this works

  2. Marco says:

    It’s about time the Maloofs realize not to play phony ball with California!

  3. cowtownferret says:

    I say let the Kings go and Sactown should persue a new franchise, instead of trying to get another team to relocate. That way the new team would be truly our team.

    1. tmsimmon says:

      You are correct, let them go after they have paid off their loan!

  4. LUNARTEMPTATION says:

    Wow. We can’t get them to pass a budget for the State, yet the State is getting involved in the Cities business?

    RIDICULOUS! WE HAVE BIGGER THINGS (LIKE JOB CREATION) THAN THE STUPID KINGS AND GA-BILLIONAIRE MALOOOOOOOOOOOFS.

    1. RG says:

      EXACTLY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    2. Perry Baltzer says:

      you beat me to the punch on this one!! haven’t had an on-time budget for years, but a basketball team wants to move, and they jump! clowns in charge

  5. Nathan Stiltz says:

    I understand what he is trying to do but where does it stop? this is restriucting free trade and there are already laws in place preventing that…

  6. WasteNot says:

    Steinberg: Senate Leader of the CA Insane Clown Posse; Grandstanding. CA deserves better leaders than incompetent boobs.

  7. Kevin Truex says:

    Nice!!! F the Maloofs You were our friends when the money was coming in… but when the money was gone so where you Joe/Gavin… I guess your dad that left you all that money didnt teach you a damn thing about it.

  8. Disgruntled-n-calif says:

    Another Mommy law roflmao, the state can’t spend the money they have right, let them all take significant pay cuts to show their support for our wonderful state.

  9. Noah says:

    The city should start and own it’s own team, Hire a GM like any owner and let him run the team, Do you know how much Proff a team brings in, ED, Schools etc.. Create an advisory oversight board to vote for hiring GM, money allocation etc….Buck the trend and become great!

  10. Eightcats Home says:

    It won’t work. It’s unconstitutionalo to legislatively rewrite a valid business contract after it has been completed. Read the escape clauses in the last agreement.

  11. Wake Up Sac says:

    While we may be making fun at the “Senator”, at least he is trying to pass a bill that “actually” helps cities. Without this, the MaGoofs will skip town and NOT PAY! if you think that either of the crooked brothers will keep their “word”, I have some land in Japan that is prime real estate. Wake up Sacramento, place liens on all assets before the MaCriminals run out of town in the middle of the night like the vermin they are.

  12. VK says:

    PATHETIC!!! Really we cannot get a budget passed, homes for the homeless, jobs for our citizens, and police and fire crews to protect public safety but they can push through a bill for sports….I get it, it’s really about the loan and I agree the Maloof’s should pay what they owe…..but come on the is really sad!!

    Maybe they should pass a bill that if they can’t all agree and do their jobs as lawmakers, then they shouldn’t be paid!!

  13. STEPHANIE HAYNES says:

    WOOHOO!!!MY COMMENT MADE IT ON THE NEWS..CHECK IT OUT ITS BY ME. “STEPHANIE”.

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