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Sacramento Kings to accept Bitcoin for purchases

January 16, 2014

SACRAMENTO, California (AP) — The Sacramento Kings are set to become the first major U.S. professional sports team to accept Bitcoin virtual currency for ticket and merchandise purchases.

The Kings announced on Thursday that fans will be able to buy gear from the official team store and pay for tickets with the digital money from March 1. Purchases will be processed through BitPay, which accepts the digital dollars and pays the Kings in cash.

Bitcoin users buy digital money and load it onto a virtual wallet. Unlike government-issued money, the value of Bitcoin fluctuates rapidly. At one point on Thursday, the value of one Bitcoin was worth nearly $850.

Kings owner Vivek Ranadive said the new payment method is part of his model for “NBA 3.0, which focuses on investments in technology, globalization and deep community partnerships.”

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