So you want to know why pretty much all legitimate news organizations have strict policies on when to use anonymous sources and under what circumstances, even if they don’t always live to them? Because otherwise this:
As the Friday deadline looms for NBA franchises to file for relocation, Seattle’s hope of acquiring the Kings from Sacramento appears to be fading. “It’s now Sacramento’s to lose,” one NBA source close to the bidding process told David Baumann of Sports Talk Florida. “The Seattle investment group was supposed to deliver a non-refundable $30 million dollars to the Maloofs (by Feb. 1), but it never happened. The Seattle group wasn’t going to make that down payment without the NBA’s approval to move the team.”
Only one problem with that “breaking news” report, from David Baumann of Sports Talk Florida: It was totally untrue.
A Seattle group led by Chris Hansen and Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer made a nonrefundable payment of $30 million by Feb. 1 as part of their agreement to buy the Sacramento Kings, it was confirmed on Wednesday.
The Sacramento Bee first reported the confirmation in a quote from Joe Maloof, one of the members of the current controlling owners, the Maloof family. A separate source later confirmed the news to the Times.
(And yes, I get the irony of the Seattle Times using an anonymous source to contradict an anonymous source. At least Joe Maloof is a real, named person, anyway.)
Back in what passes for reality, the Bee reports that Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson could reveal his “whale” bidders to buy the team and keep it local in tonight’s State of the City speech. Though that would “have to be a back-up offer” to would-be Seattle buyer Chris Hansen’s purchase plan, since Hansen has an exclusivity deal with the Maloofs at least until the NBA votes on his purchase in April, according to … a person familiar with the situation.
Sometimes, I wonder why I even bother…