Deal for new Kings arena crumbles

5:18 PM, Apr 13, 2012   |    comments
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Sacramento, CA (Sports Network) - Sacramento mayor Kevin Johnson said Friday that a previously agreed upon deal to build a new arena in the city for the NBA's Kings has fallen apart.

Johnson, a former NBA point guard, also said that if owners want to renovate the team's current building, Power Balance Pavilion, they won't get any help from the city, according to an account of his press conference by the Sacramento Bee.

The city, Kings and the NBA had announced a deal in February to build a $391 million arena and the Sacramento City Council adompted the plan.

Johnson said it was clear the Maloof family, which owns the team, had changed its mind about building a new arena with the city, according to the Bee, leaving the team's future in California's capital up in the air.

In an open letter, Johnson had written to the Maloof family that "the ball is in your court."

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