The Return of the Royals to the NBA

Sacramento Kings - Cincinnati Royals retro uniforms

A throwback to the past and a preview of the future

So the Sacramento Kings have been wearing their retro “Royals” uniforms every home game for the last 3 weeks, eh? I wonder if that means anything… anyways!

Hands up, who here remembers when the NBA’s Cincinnati (nee Rochester) Royals relocated to Kansas City-Omaha?


Well, it seems history may be repeating itself in an funny sort of way. You see, when the Royals moved to Kansas City-Omaha they clearly couldn’t keep the name, it was 1971 and Kansas City’s latest baseball team had been using the name for two seasons now. The only logical solution? Pick a name similar to maintain the franchise history but wouldn’t infringe on the rights of the Kansas City Royals. Thus, the Kansas City-Omaha Kings were born.

Cincinnati Royals Logo

Who wouldn't love to see this guy return next year in Anaheim?

Fast forward 40 years, the Kings have been enjoying life in Northern California as the Sacramento Kings for the past three decades but, lacking the arena demands they crave, are now looking to relocate to Anaheim… the Los Angeles area… home of (you guessed it) the Los Angeles Kings. Funny how things like that happen.

Which leads us to the news of the day, an office said to be representing the Sacramento Kings have registered a few new names with the United States Patent and Trademark Office… the Royals may be returning to the NBA by way of the very same method in which they left.

The names registered were:

  • Los Angeles Royals
  • Anaheim Royals
  • Orange County Royals

And one which has to be a joke by the club…

  • Anaheim Royals of Southern California (yes, they seriously registered that)

With two teams already representing Los Angeles, and residents of Anaheim still somewhat feeling the pain of having their baseball club re-branded as the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, I think it’s safe to say a relocated Sacramento Kings team would be known as the Anaheim Royals for the 2011-12 NBA season. Giddy up!

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11 Responses to The Return of the Royals to the NBA

  1. TajMcCall says:

    I like it. The Kings have never been a winning franchise, sans a few years in the late 90s.

    The Royals is a much stronger name and allows for a new identity.

    Hopefully the owners will pony up and pay the ‘fine’ to change the primary logo.

  2. Dave says:

    How could you not mention that this team originated in Rochester, New York as the Royals a full twelve years before moving to Cincinnati?

  3. Dave says:

    My apologies, although it seems like it deserves more than a parenthetical mention.

  4. John says:

    The Kings have been wearing those throwbacks as their home uniform because, their traditional home uniform says “Sacramento”, not Kings, and that is what they are getting away from. Just like the Nets no longer wearing “New Jersey”

  5. Nick says:

    I really don’t want 3 teams in L.A but the NBA wants it there for marketing and closer rivalry in Southern California. If it were up to me put it in Kansas City, Louisville, St Louis but the NBA wants it in a bigger markets. I Don’t understand why they took chances on OKC, San Antonio, SLC (Utah) why?

  6. Tre Bloc says:

    I am happy to see a team abandon colors and a name that tend to be gang related.

  7. JB says:

    Nick, I agree with you about not wanting 3 NBA teams in the LA area, but I am not sure that it is the league pushing the move to Anaheim. The Maloofs’ business interests are primarily in the western US, so they probably would prefer to keep the team closer to their home base. Kansas City is probably too far away.

  8. Aaron says:

    I have a feeling that if the Sacramento Kings move to Anaheim, the Clippers will probably have to find a new home within a 2-4 years down the road. Anaheim Royals makes more sense.

  9. Aaron says:

    I have a feeling that if the Sacramento Kings move to Anaheim, the Clippers will probably have to find a new home within 2-4 years down the road. Anaheim Royals makes more sense.

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