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Comcast President States Negotiations For Va. Beach Arena "Moving Forward"
Published December 5, 2012
MAYORAL MUSINGS: In Sacramento, Tony Bizjak writes as "upbeat Virginia Beach officials on Tuesday pushed forward with their effort to land an unnamed professional sports team," Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson "lamented that he once again has that helpless feeling of watching a 'slow death'" with rumors linking NBA Kings Owner the Maloof family to the Virginia Beach facility. Johnson said that Sacramento "deserves better than to be left hanging." He said, "I don't like not being able to fight and not being able to determine the outcome." He added, "If they believe they need to look at their options in Seattle and Virginia Beach, then there's nothing we as a community or I as a mayor can do to prevent that." Johnson said that the financing plan for a downtown arena "crafted earlier this year is still on the table" (SACRAMENTO BEE, 12/5). Also in Sacramento, Marcos Breton writes it is "hard to tell whether the Maloofs are purposely letting the Kings die on the vine to make it easier for them to move the franchise or if this is the best they can do." Few people are "going to games, tickets are selling for peanuts on the Internet, the team is more dismal than ever and excels mostly in play suspensions" (SACRAMENTO BEE, 12/5).