On the eve of a historic and controversial City Council vote, yet another "whale" has joined Sacramento's eleventh-hour push to keep the Kings basketball team in town.

Silicon Valley entrepreneur Vivek Ranadive, one of the major figures in the local effort to buy the Kings, announced Monday night the group has added a fourth member – the Jacobs family of San Diego, founders of Qualcomm, an international high-technology company listed in the Fortune 500.

The trio – company CEO Paul Jacobs and brothers Jeff and Hal Jacobs – could not be reached for comment. But Ranadive, a co-owner of the Golden State Warriors, told The Bee the Jacobs family brings heft and a pan-California persona to what he called the Sacramento "dream" team.

"Each person in this has the capacity to do this on their own," Ranadive said. "This is about building a global brand. It's about putting more wood behind the arrow."

The other members of the bidding group are Ron Burkle, a Los Angeles businessman, and Mark Mastrov of the East Bay, founder of 24 Hour Fitness – both of whom visited Sacramento on Monday to pitch their plan to council members and community leaders.

They were joined by project partner Todd Chapman, head of JMA Ventures, which owns Downtown Plaza.

Ranadive, who did not make the trip to Sacramento, said via telephone that he is participating because he wants to do something big for Sacramento and California.

"I believe without a sports team, it is hard for cities to thrive," he said. "I feel humbled to be given the opportunity to partner to keep this great franchise in this great city."

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