Operator’s Fate Determined by NBA Franchise

Posted on September 28, 2006 by LCT Staff - Also by this author - About the author

SACRAMENTO, CALIF. — Douglas Dean started his limousine business nine years ago with a used town car and a lot of prom dates and wedding receptions. Today his Top Notch Limousine and Executive Service, based in Sacramento, is expected to take in about $2.5 million this year, about half of it from shuttling the powerful and affluent to Kings games at Arco Arena.

All that business will go away if the Kings leave town. It's a prospect Dean has begun to seriously ponder since arena talks between the Kings owners and local officials broke down earlier this month. "If they go, I would go with them," Dean said. "I'd have to start from scratch, but I'd go."

Top Notch illustrates how Sacramento's NBA franchise stokes the region's hospitality industry — the hotels, restaurants, bars, and transportation services that profit from having about 50 basketball games each year that draw 18,000 people to one spot.

SOURCE: Sacramento Bee

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