When it comes to keeping the Sacramento Kings from moving to Seattle, Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson has made it known that he's "playing to win." That message is going on a nationwide tour.
Local radio personality "Carmichael" Dave Weiglein announced today on March 18 that he will embark on the Playing to Win Tour and laid out the plan on Twitter:
We will most likely cover 20+ cities.We will meet the Mayor in Manhattan April 3rd, and present him with a banner of support from the nation.
Johnson will give his pitch to keep the Kings to the NBA Board of Governors. His counteroffer to keep the team in Sacramento includes an ownership group of billionaire Ron Burkle and Bay Area investor Mark Mastrov.
The tour will make one of its many stops in Oklahoma City, Okla., where the original Seattle SuperSonics moved to.
The Maloofs agreed to sell their 65 percent stake of the team, worth approximately $341 million, to Chris Hansen's ownership group, which plans to move the Kings to Seattle next season.
The Maloofs filed for relocation on behalf of Hansen's group and the Board of Governors will meet April 18-19.
The tour will begin tomorrow at the Kings' home of Sleep Train Arena from 4-5 p.m. PST before the team hosts the Los Angeles Clippers. After a brief stop at Sacramento City Hall, the tour will head to Oakland, home of the Golden State Warriors.
Along with visiting the website PlayingToWinTour.com, those supporting the Kings are being encouraged to use the hashtag #PlayingToWin on Twitter and donating to the tour. The site also has a Facebook page.
On the website, Weiglein says that this will be the final push to keep the Kings from moving to Seattle:
The time for Sacramento is now ... Through years of uncertainty and relocation rumors, this city and its people have continued their steadfast "never give up" mentality. This is our last stand and my mission is to do everything possible to ensure this team remains the Sacramento Kings.
The tour will end the week of the Board of Governors meeting.
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