NBA's Stern Arrives For Talks

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(Sacramento, CA)
Sunday, December 3, 2006

National Basketball Commissioner David Stern is expected to hold preliminary meetings with several local government officials and that’s good news to County Supervisor Roger Dickinson. But Dickinson says coming up with a plan won’t be easy after last month’s defeat at the polls. 

"I think all of us are pleased that Commissioner Stern would take a personal interest in this matter. We are, though, I think literally back to square one." 

Sacramento Vice-Mayor Rob Fong is among the local civic leaders meeting with Stern. He says he thinks the mood is going to be hopeful and curious. 

"I think Commissioner Stern just wants to get the lay of the land and start to explore, in a quick fashion, what the possibilities might be."

The NBA is now in charge of coming up with a public-private funding deal. Kings owners Joe and Gavin Maloof asked Commissioner Stern to take over after ballot proposals for a quarter cent sales tax increase to pay for a new facility were defeated by voters last month.