Kings president Chris Granger resigns

Sacramento Kings President Chris Granger talks to reporters before the City Council meeting at which a voted was scheduled on a $477 million downtown arena plan for the NBA basketball team, in Sacramento, Calif., Tuesday, May 20, 2014. The city would be responsible for a $223 million subsidy, much of it financed through a bond backed by the city’s parking revenue. If it's approved, the Kings are scheduled to break ground this summer and open in time for the 2016-17 season. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)
AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli

Sacramento Kings president Chris Granger resigned Monday to look for his next professional challenge after serving as the point man for the construction of Golden 1 Center, the team’s new downtown arena that opened for last season.

I just feel it’s time,” Granger said to the Sacramento Bee. “I’m not leaving for another job. There is nothing imminent. But I want to do something else, to be challenged in a position working with multiple sports, maybe the Olympics, something with a bigger platform. With the arena, this job will be about selling corporate sponsorships, and I just think there’s one more big move in me. Plus, my girls are entering middle school, so this seems like the right time.”

Granger was hired by the Kings prior to the 2013-14 season. He was slated to oversee the team’s business operations after previously working for former NBA commissioner David Stern at the league’s headquarters.

Kings owner Vivek Ranadive was responsible for the hiring of Granger. While working for the league, Granger was assigned to help with marketing and season-ticket operations in Sacramento after threats of relocation.

“I’m really sad Chris is leaving, but when I recruited him, I also knew it wasn’t going to be forever,” Ranadive said to the Sacramento Bee. “He built the arena. He stayed a year. But I told him, ‘I’d like to keep you, but I also understand you don’t want to be selling sponsorships your whole life.’ He’s a big time guy. He leaves the Kings in pristine condition and just did a fantastic job.”

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