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City Reviews Arena Proposal, Recommends Changes

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(Sacramento, CA)
Tuesday, September 13, 2011

According to a new report issued by the city, it should take 20 months and 16 million dollars to complete all of the studies and planning needed for water, sewer, streets and sidewalks to go in the Railyards.

Some of those studies would focus on a conflict between the arena location and large sewer lines, water lines and two storm water basin.   The technical review report says moving those lines could be extremely difficult and expensive.

Mayor Kevin Johnson says there will soon be more talks between the city and the Sacramento Kings' owners. 

JOHNSON: "The deal points start to look like this:  if you're a tenant only, are you entitled to basketball-specific revenue opportunities?  Does it go beyond that .  Is it not that.  Where do naming rights fall into the equation? 

The Mayor asked City Councilman Rob Fong to lead revenue, parking, and revenue sharing negotiations with the Kings.

FONG: "We've done this before, but frankly, we've never gotten this far.  I'm very optimistic, and excited, frankly, about the opportunities that are in front of us."

Mayor Johnson says the city has had little in the way of direct talks with the team since May.  The city has been using the NBA as a go-between since then. 

To see the full report click here.

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