San Diego Business Journal
is reporting that Qualcomm CEO Paul Jacobs has joined an investor group trying to purchase the Sacramento Kings basketball team and build a new arena there. A Qualcomm spokesperson said the company does not have a comment regarding the news.
Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson announced that Jacobs joined a group that includes billionaire Ron Burkle, Mark Mastrov, founder of 24 Hour Fitness, and TIBCO Software CEO Vivek Ranadive to build a new, $447 million arena in downtown Sacramento, and purchase the struggling sports club.
However, the owner of the Kings, the Maloof family, has signed an agreement to sell the franchise to a group from Seattle that includes hedge fund owner Chris Hanson, Steve Ballmer, CEO of Microsoft, and a couple of members of the Nordstrom family. The group would move the franchise to Seattle.
The group has also agreed to help pay for a new arena for the team, which would be renamed the SuperSonics, in the same area of the city where the NFL’s Seahawks and MLB’s Mariners have sports stadiums.
Seattle has been lacking a basketball team since 2008 after the team’s new majority owner, Clayton Bennett, relocated the team to Oklahoma City, Okla., and renamed it the Thunder. Other media outlets contributed to this report.