Earlier today, it was reported that the Maloof family and Sacramento Mayor, Kevin Johnson, would meet and cover basis on the arena front. There wasn’t anything expected out of the meeting nor was there anything specifically publicized, we just knew that the two sides were getting together. After a few hours, the meeting was over and Mayor Johnson addressed the media soon after.
Below are a few points of emphasis from the Mayor:
- The meeting we deemed “productive” for both parties, the city and the Maloof family. Johnson emphasized that the meeting was again productive for both sides, not just one.
- Both parties have agreed that they will no longer discuss the arena details in the public.
- The Maloofs and Mayor Johnson will meet tomorrow to continue the discussions. KJ also said that there are only a few weeks left to get a deal done which will allow the arena completion to be ready for the 2015 season. Said that a deal could happen at anytime – tomorrow, the next day, or may never happen.
- KJ said he had no issues with any of the Maloofs or vice versa – mentioned a few comments that were taken a bit out of context on his part, but, despite obvious disappointment, there’s no bad blood.
- Mayor Johnson said the city is committed to getting an arena built at the downtown railyards and mentioned that the Maloofs, are too, committed to building the complex at the railyards despite the perceptions that the Maloof family was no longer interested in that area.
The press conference was extremely quick (five minutes, max?) – KJ giving a short recap and answering a handful of questions before he moved on to his next position of duty for the day. The lack of future public discussions and comments between both sides will certainly get the rumor mill going down the road, but for now, it’s to be hush-hush.
The tone and body language from Mayor Johnson was positive as was the short, yet slightly vague press conference. All in all, sounds like a positive day for all parties involved.