Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 11/13/12
Searching for a tenant to play in a proposed arena, the mayor of Virginia Beach, Va., said he recently met with representatives of an NBA team about moving their team his city. Mayor Will Sessions made the comments during a city council meeting Tuesday, but would neither name the team nor the officials he spoke with, according to the Sacramento Bee. Multiple news outlets in the Virginia Beach area reported the team was the Sacramento Kings, citing unnamed sources. Comcast-Spectacor is under discussions with the city council to build an arena in the Virginia Beach area. The Kings, who have not been able to get a new arena approved in the Sacramento area, have been tied to rumors of several potential new locations, including a proposed new arena in Seattle. A potential lease agreement between the franchise and Anaheim was reported in 2011. Sacramento mayor and former NBA star Kevin Johnson has worked diligently to keep the Kings in his city, but a proposed $391 million entertainment complex proposal fell apart in April and the relationship between the parties quickly soured. Johnson announced that there were "irreconcilable differences" over financing for the for the proposed downtown sports facility. Johnson said the Maloofs would not provide collateral to refinance their $67 million loan with the city and they would not agree to a 30-year lease at the new arena. Sessions said his meeting with team was preliminary. "The mayor said the team is interested, they think it is a good market," city spokesman Marc Davis said. But, he said, the mayor and team representatives have not discussed what it would take financially to move the team to Virginia Beach."
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