Mayor Johnson Positive About Meeting With NBA’s Stern, AEG Head

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson is calling his meeting with NBA Commissioner David Stern and other executives a “productive conversation” about the city’s efforts to help finance a new arena.

The meeting in New York on Friday also included AEG President Tim Leiweke. The Los Angeles-based company has expressed interest in operating a Sacramento-owned arena to house the Kings.

Johnson says in a statement that he “made clear Sacramento’s seriousness of purpose when it comes to developing a true public-private partnership” for a new arena. Stern has said the Kings will again explore relocation if there’s no arena plan by March 1.

The Sacramento City Council has approved several preliminary measures to finance a new arena. Details of the final plan — and a vote — are not expected until at least February.

Copyright 2011 The Associated Press.

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