I bet the Maloof brothers wish they had spent that extra $500,000 now.
That number is the most they could have lost, from all accounts, by keeping the Sacramento Monarchs afloat for the summer of 2010, and given the multi-millions at risk in the high-stakes poker game of Move That Franchise, $500,000 looks like chump change.
But why do the Monarchs matter? After all, they didnt draw that well in their declining days -- a dull, mediocre team in a dull, mediocre arena -- and their existence will have no direct bearing on whether the NBA Kings stay in Californias capital or shuffle on south to Anaheim. Indirectly, though, the demise of the Monarchs