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January 29, 2014 Updates

The Sacramento Kings have released the first completed renderings of a downtown arena they hope to open for the start of the 2016-17 season. The renderings released Tuesday came after six months of workshops, open houses, town halls and focus groups. The Kings said a survey soliciting advice from the public yielded more than 20,000 responses. Yahoo! Sports

The renderings show a grand atrium entrance with a 50-by-150-foot window that looks into the arena bowl from the street. There's a massive scoreboard. The team said the arena, designed by AECOM, will feature the environmental and technological innovation of the region. The city has approved paying $258 million of the project's estimated $448 million cost. The Kings hope to break ground on the arena this summer. Yahoo! Sports

January 28, 2014 Updates

The Sacramento Kings have released the first conceptual designs of their proposed new downtown arena. The $448 million state-of-the-art facility looks absolutely gorgeous. (VIDEO/PHOTOS) For The Win

January 27, 2014 Updates

In any case, LaRocca said plans for next year's Christmas Day uniforms and the 2015 All-Star Game already are being discussed. If the All-Stars make it clear they don't like the look or feel of this year's uniforms, the league will respond accordingly. "If the feedback is that the players don't want to wear them, we won't," LaRocca said. "We are 50-50 partners with the players in everything we do." Bleacher Report

January 24, 2014 Updates

The Portland Trail Blazers announced Friday the team has signed a three-year partnership extension with Wells Fargo, which runs through the end of the 2015-16 NBA season. The agreement makes Wells Fargo the team's second-largest corporate partner behind home arena namesake Moda Health. Per company policy, specific financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. The agreement means the two organizations will continue to jointly market their brands throughout the region and also team up to support local community initiatives, including a new college scholarship program. Wells Fargo became a Blazers sponsor in 2005. This marks the third renewal for the company. Oregonian

January 23, 2014 Updates

After months of talks, the Sacramento Kings on Thursday bought Downtown Plaza, the site of a planned $448 million arena. The Kings finalized the deal to buy the fading mall from JMA, the San Francisco-based development firm that acquired the property from Westfield in 2012. The exact purchase price was not available, but a deed of trust document filed with the Sacramento County recorder’s office shows the Kings borrowed $35 million from Goldman Sachs Bank last week in connection with the Downtown Plaza transaction. The document says the NBA approved the borrowing. Sacramento Bee

Warriors owner Joe Lacob finally admitted during a KNBR interview Thursday that plans to play games at a proposed San Francisco waterfront arena starting in 2017 might not be completely realistic. “If everything worked perfectly, our goal was to be in for 2017-18,” Lacob said in an in-studio interview with Gary Radnich and Larry Krueger. “I think that is going to be a challenge. We’re trying. We’re going to keep trying, but we need to do it right. It’s not just about getting it done. It’s about getting it done right. If it takes a year a longer, it takes a year longer. I’m not going to be concerned with that.” San Francisco Chronicle

Another persistent issue with the arena proposal is how to deal with traffic on the Embarcadero. Although the site is in close proximity to BART and Muni, a planned 500-space parking lot on-site would be for VIPs only. The arena could bring an additional 18,000 people to the waterfront on game days. San Francisco Chronicle

January 22, 2014 Updates

'Survivor: Cagayan': New cast includes former NBA All-Star (and recent North Korea visitor) Cliff Robinson. After a successful season of having former players compete with/against their loved ones on Blood vs. Water, Survivor will try another brand new concept when Survivor: Cagayan premieres with a two-hour episode on Feb. 26 at 8pm on CBS. This time, 18 contestants will be separated into three tribes: brawn, brains, and beauty. And while all of those contestants will be new players — marking only the third such all-newbie season in the past nine installments — one of the names may be familiar: former NBA All-Star (and recent visitor to North Korea as part of Dennis Rodman’s basketball troupe) Cliff Robinson. Entertainment Weekly

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The Miami HEAT has been named the 2013 Co-Team Retailer of the Year by the National Basketball Association for their successful merchandise sales during the 2012-13 NBA season. The HEAT is now the only four-time winner of the award, which has been given annually since 2002 to highlight the accomplishments of team merchandise sales and operations. Theaward recognizes the NBA’s most successful merchandising operations in the categories of innovative marketing and merchandising programs, breadth of product assortment, customer service, consumer shopping experience, and overall sales success. The HEAT previously won the award in 2003, 2006 and 2011. The HEAT shares this year’s award with the Golden State Warriors. NBA.com

January 9, 2014 Updates

The city of Sacramento filed an eminent domain lawsuit Thursday in Sacramento Superior Court that seeks to seize control of the former downtown Macy’s men’s clothing and furniture store for the development of a new arena. The City Council on Tuesday approved the action by a 7-2 vote. City officials said they have been unable to reach a deal with the property owners on a sale price since negotiations began last summer. Sacramento Bee

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