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March 25, 2011
Kings owner: No contact with group behind Sacramento arena plan

By Dale Kasler
dkasler@sacbee.com

Kings co-owner Joe Maloof said today he hasn't spoken recently with the two men trying to pull together a last-ditch arena plan designed to keep the team from leaving Sacramento.

"I spoke to them in the past, but not recently," Maloof said. He declined further comment.

The Bee reported today that Greg Van Dusen and Rann Haight, part of the Kings' management group from the 1980s, were pulling together an arena plan.

Van Dusen and Haight couldn't be reached for comment today.

R.E. Graswich, an aide to Mayor Kevin Johnson, said Van Dusen and Haight floated a proposal late last fall to remodel Arco Arena, now known as Power Balance Pavilion. The estimated cost was $80 million to $100 million.

But he said city officials, after consulting with a construction contractor, decided a retrofit still wouldn't bring the building up to NBA standards.

The Kings are in negotiations to move to Anaheim. They have until April 18 to ask the NBA for permission to relocate.



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