9. The Banished Kings
Anaheim Royals, Los Angeles Royals, Orange County Royals ... yeah, the franchise formerly known as the Sacramento Kings will be playing with one of those monikers (but not as Los Angeles Royals of Anaheim) as soon as next season, when they relocate to the Honda Center in Southern California, across the 5 Freeway from the home of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.
Things happened dramatically, quickly, and badly for Sacramento, which has been home to the Kings since 1985, when the franchise moved there from Kansas City. The talks on a new arena broke down toward the end of 2010, as the owners (the Maloof family) and the NBA failed to secure a new arena for the team. Negotiations with Anaheim then heated up instantly, and after the city council in late March approved a $75 million bond measure to help the Kings' relocation, the move is now more or less a done deal.
To be sure, it won't be the first relocation for the vagabond franchise, which has moved from Rochester to Cincinnati to Kansas City/Omaha and then Sacramento. The Kings likely closed their era in the California capital on Wednesday night, going into overtime before losing to the Lakers in front of a standing-room only crowd.