Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson had promised to release details today of a public-private deal to build a new downtown basketball arena for the Kings. He didn't meet his self-imposed deadline. It's a delay that could prove fatal to the city's long shot efforts to keep the Kings from moving to Seattle.
NBA Commissioner David Stern has set an April 3 deadline for Sacramento to make its final pitch, but it won't be much of one without an arena deal in place. Mayor Johnson remains confident that he can push his yet to be finalized arena deal through city council in the 13 days remaining. If so, politics sure do work differently in Sacramento than they do in Seattle.
On the bright side for Sacramento Kings fans, the city revealed a third major investor in its effort to outbid the Seattle group. Vivek Ranadive is a multimillionaire software executive who once coached his daughter's little league basketball team to the national championships. That's sweet.