A new effort towards a new arena for the Sacramento Kings will likely get underway Friday. Cal Expo’s board of directors is expected to approve the start of negotiations with a consultant representing the National Basketball Association.
So far, NBA consultant John Moag has been mum on the details -- and not just publicly.
Here’s Cal Expo deputy general manager Brian May:
“There hasn’t been any specifics to the NBA’s proposal at this point, other than the project would include some redevelopment of the fairgrounds and assisting CalExpo in addressing some of its deferred maintenance needs. So we’ll have to wait and see when we get to the negotiation table and see if it’s in our best interest.”
Still, most people involved with Cal Expo seem to feel there’s no harm in hearing Moag out, including Assemblyman Dave Jones, a non-voting board member.
But Jones says he wants the staff to take a look at the costs and benefits of redeveloping Cal Expo both with an arena -- and without. And he hopes the Board will make it clear that it won’t approve any public subsidy -- or new tax.