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 could play a pivotal role in whether the Maloofs survive in Sacramento or merely get a stay of execution.