November 2, 2009; Sacramento, CA, USA; Professional boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr. (left) and Sacramento mayor Kevin Johnson (right) cheer during overtime between the Memphis Grizzlies and the Sacramento Kings at Arco Arena. Johnson was a former NBA player. The Kings defeated the Grizzlies 127-116 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-US PRESSWIRE

Sacramento Arena Talk Not Dead? Mayor Johnson Flies To Vegas To Meet With George Maloof

If there’s some good news for Friday, it’s that apparently, the arena talks aren’t exactly dead – at least, that’s what can be taken from some breaking news reported by the Sacramento Bee.

According to Eric Rose, Mayor Johnson showed up to the Palms Casino unannounced and he and George Maloof began talks on the said arena deal. The two had been exchanging text messages during the past few days, trying to work out a time to meet – but Johnson, either becoming available out of the blue or tired of the run around made his way to Vegas without any type of set meeting.

Mayor Kevin Johnson flew to Las Vegas today, in an apparent attempt to revive talks with the Sacramento Kings’ ownership on a downtown arena.

After a week of trading accusations about the collapse of the arena project, the mayor arrived at the Palms Casino, whose chairman is Kings co-owner George Maloof.

A Maloof spokesman confirmed the meeting. Eric Rose said the mayor showed up this afternoon unannounced at the Palms Hotel. “George graciously accepted his meeting,” Rose said. “They are meeting right now.”

No word on how long the meeting took or if it’s still on-going, but, certainly can’t hurt for the two unhappy parties to sit and talk it out. As many of us have said the past few days, this is a situation that all parties (the Mayor, the Maloofs and AEG) need to iron out by themselves. Hopefully, this is the first step in much more advanced talks.

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