SACRAMENTO (CBS13) – A day after news surfaced that the Kings’ owners don’t believe they should have to pay $3.26 million toward a new Sacramento arena, one of the brothers said Friday the family is still “100 percent committed” to the project.

The fee is for predevelopment costs of $13 million, of which the Maloof family has been asked to pay a 25 percent share.

“Our position all along on the predevelopment agreement has been the same,” George Maloof said in an interview with Grant Napear on 1140 The Fan. “As a tenant, we shouldn’t pay for predevelopment costs. I’ve never seen a tenant pay for those costs.”

Maloof said the family has taken issue with that and other aspects of the non-binding term sheet for the new arena all along, but that news of it broke to the public with a Los Angeles Times story on Thursday.

“It kind of just blew up,” he said. “That was kind of a shocker.”

Reaction to the story was swift, with Mayor Kevin Johnson suggesting in a statement that the Maloofs weren’t living up to their end of the deal the groups discussed during the All-Star Weekend in Orlando last month by balking on the payment. George Maloof took exception to that on Friday.

“The mayor said we all looked into each other’s eyes and said we had a deal. Well, that’s not really what happened. We looked at each other’s eyes and said we have the framework of a deal, and by the way, we have a lot of work to do,” he said.

“There’s issues on that term sheet,” he added. “But that doesn’t mean this deal can’t get done. We’re not looking at any other city. We’re not doing something to hinder this deal. Our intention is to work with the city and get something done at that site downtown.”

Since the reports Thursday, there have been questions on whether the Maloofs are having money issues and if they can come through with the $73 million they are being asked to contribute toward the railyards arena.

“We have a commitment for that money,” George Maloof said. “It’s not a money issue for us.”

The Maloofs threatened to move the team to Anaheim after last season, but NBA Commissioner David Stern stepped in and gave Sacramento one more chance to come up with an arena plan to replace the aging Power Balance Pavilion, formerly named Arco Arena, which opened in 1988.

The Sacramento City Council approved the term sheet earlier this month calling for the city to contribute $255 million toward the $391 million facility. The rest of the money would come from the Kings, the primary tenant, and arena operator AEG. The target date for the arena to open is in the fall of 2015.

The City Council is expected to vote on Tuesday on whether to approve its share of the predevelopment costs, $6.5 million. The NBA jumped in on Thursday and said it would pay the Kings’ portion of the first installment for predevelopment fees.

Johnson has said all along that his priority is keeping the same team and same owners in Sacramento. But as the Maloofs challenge the conditions laid out in the term sheet, could the mayor’s “Plan B” come into play? That would involve the same team, with new owners.

Sacramento has explored other options to hold on to an NBA team, the most notable being billionaire Ron Burkle. Sources tell CBS13 that Burkle is still a viable option for Sacramento, but a spokesperson for Burkle did not respond to calls or text messages Friday.

The other key players in the arena deal also held back on commenting to the media Friday.

When we asked the NBA about Burkle – or any other potential owners – a spokesperson said “no comment.” As for the arena operator, AEG, a spokesman said there is “no change on our part” when we asked about developments with the Maloofs.

As for Anahiem, home to the Honda Center, a press person told CBS13 they haven;t heard from the Maloofs lately, but “when a team is looking for a new home, we’re happy to talk to them.”

Comments (14)
  1. charlie says:

    The people that will come out on the losing end of this deal will be the tax payer.

    1. g says:

      How? No tax payers money is being used. Charlie, get out of your adobe hut and get some facts.

      1. JustVoteNo says:

        They just love suckers like you pal.

      2. Yes says:

        g for gullible!!!

  2. charlie says:

    the sports ponzi scheme

  3. Whitey says:

    Thank you, Charlie, for giving us a window into the future. The mere idea a man with your mental capacity took the time to feed us a second comments warms my heart. Who needs to watch the lottery tonight when we could just sit here and wait for your next mindless impulse?

    Please quit your day job and lead us to the promised land.


  4. Tony B says:

    I hope the deal is rejected. The Maloofs do not have the capital to make the
    Kings a winner. Sacramento along with the Kings will continue to be a second
    rate duo.

    1. g says:

      Great Tony. Have fun driving to San Jose for any entertainment outside of a movie.

      1. JustVoteNo says:

        You call the absurd amounts they get paid entertainment. Please, pay me 10% of what they get and I’ll entertain you until your hearts content, you won’t even have to drive anywhere.

  5. Whitey says:

    Me, too, Tony B… because we all know only the richest owners win championships. That’s why the Yankees take the world series every year. And you can sure count on the Cowboys to grab the Lombardi trophy on an annual basis. And fully expect the Maverick’s to win the NBA title every season. Yep… it’s all about how much they spend. No small market teams ever win.

    You’re a second rate D-Bag.

  6. onthestreets. says:

    Fix those teeth Mr Johnson.. Gezz is Christ

  7. JustVoteNo says:

    I’m still stuck on the in unfathomable amounts of money these guys get for playing games. Guest that means I’ll never catch up to the debate about using our city taxes and land to enrich them. Not to mention just how I’m going to be able to afford taking my family to one game annually, maybe!

  8. Whitey says:

    JustvoteNo… do you go to movies? How much does Brad Pitt get paid? Do you go to concerts? Any idea how they’re compensated? Frigging Matt Lauer just signed a deal for $30 million a year… to read a damned teleprompter 5 days a week.

    Yeah… it sucks, but that’s life in 2012. At least this arena will generate revenue for the city and create some jobs. I don’t pay to see the Kings either, because I can’t justify the expense, but that doesn’t mean it’s bad for the city.

    If you want to make a difference, arrange a sit out at the next game. If people would refuse to go… in a week’s time there’d be a hole bunch of salary restructuring. Salaries are outrageous because we let it get that way.

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