Johnson Won’t Renegotiate Arena Deal
Sacramento mayor Kevin Johnson is ready to meet with Kings owners at the NBA Board of Governors’ gathering under one stipulation: The city will not renegotiate the proposed arena deal.
In a letter to the Maloof family released late Thursday night, Johnson put pressure on the team — and the league — to follow through with its commitment. He said Sacramento has “done our part” and now it’s up to the team to do the same, setting the stage for a critical gathering after taking the city’s hardest stance yet.
“Your handshake is your handshake. Your promise is your promise,” Johnson said.
The two sides reached a tentative deal last month to fund the estimated $391 million arena, which would keep the team from relocating, as it almost did last year to Anaheim. The Sacramento City Council already passed its end of the deal, brokered by the league and tentatively agreed to by the Kings.
via Associated Press