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Sacramento shows NBA 'down payment'

Updated: April 26, 2011, 10:53 PM ET
ESPN.com news services

SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Mayor Kevin Johnson, business leaders and fans have done all they could in the past few months to prevent the Sacramento Kings from relocating to Anaheim.

The final and perhaps most critical step came Tuesday, when the corporate community handed NBA representatives deposits on more than $10 million in sponsorship pledges for the Kings to stay at least another year.

"Today is another historic day in Sacramento," Johnson said. "The NBA had said to Sacramento, ...

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