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May 12, 2008 4:15 PM

NBA and Sacramento close to an arena deal

Posted by Percy Allen

Just can't seem to figure this one out.

A NBA city annually stonewalls the local franchise in its efforts to build a public/private-financed arena. Ok, that's nothing new.

But in the case of the Sacramento Kings, the league continues to plow forward no matter how many times a tax measure fails and despite resistance from voters.

The Kings have fought for a new arena since 2003, however, the NBA will not abandon Sacramento.

At the behest of the Kings owners, the league took over negotiations in December 2006 and last Friday, the NBA and Cal Expo agreed to a move forward on a joint project to build a $650 million arena at the state fairgrounds.

That's downright insulting to Sonics fans who wish Commissioner David Stern would put half the effort to resolving the arena situation here that he's given to the Kings.

Read the opinion story from Sacramento Bee columinist Marcos Breton. In his piece, Breton references Seattle as a cautionary tale.

He also quotes Stern who says: "We met with the mayor (of Sacramento), she said she'd love to be helpful. We met with the county, they said they'd love to be helpful. We met with the governor, he said he'd love to be helpful. ... They are prudently supportive of something intelligent and for the benefit of taxpayers."

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