Maloof Lawyer Sent Huge Public Records Request To City On Arena Project

SACRAMENTO (CBS13) – Although they agreed to the framework of a deal for a new downtown arena last month, it’s becoming more and more apparent that the Sacramento Kings owners have a lot of questions about the $391 million project.

CBS13 learned Thursday that a lawyer representing the Maloofs sent a massive public records request to the city last month.

The request sent by attorney Douglas Mirell of the Los Angeles law firm Loeb & Loeb LLP lists 53 separate requests for information pertaining to the downtown arena project.

Among the requests are those for all communication between the city and the NBA and between the city and proposed arena operator AEG, both dating from April 1, 2011.

However, a business consultant told CBS13 that he isn’t surprised given the complexity of the project and that the Maloofs appear to be negotiating in good faith by expressing their concerns.

A non-binding term sheet the groups agreed on in Orlando last month calls for the city to contribute $255 million to the project, the Kings’ owners $73 million and AEG $58 million.

But the Kings have already balked at the $3.2 million they’re being asked to pay in predevelopment costs, saying as a tenant in the new facility they shouldn’t be responsible for predevelopment work.

Lawyers representing the Kings have also questioned the city on being able to meet its target date of fall 2015 for the arena opening.

The public records request also asks for all communication between the city and arena developers ICON Venue Group and David Taylor, state Senator Darrell Steinberg, and U.S. Representative Doris Matsui, among others.

The request was sent to the city clerk’s office dated March 16.

NBA Commissioner David Stern fronted $200,000 in predevelopment money for the Maloofs to keep the project moving forward.

More clarity on the state of the arena deal should come out of the NBA Board of Governors meetings next week.

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  1. St. Peter says:

    Maloofs are the cancer of the NBA. Get rid of them and the team will flourish (sp)

  2. swim says:

    And now the Maloof’s lawyers try to figure out how to weasel out of paying for anything and maybe cut out the whole area garbage and siphon funds directly to their accounts. Pull up the OTHER loan we ALREADY gave them and demand it be paid in full. They can’t afford it so until they do get them back in their old arena and suck it up. This whole plan is just a massive waste anyways, we don’t have to pander to the Maloofs to keep our third rate team, they already owe us a fortune for the last time we bailed them out.

    1. fact check says:

      yes its all a waste despite the majority of the city board voted for it but, your obviously much smarter than they are

    2. rossmatthews says:

      I Think They Are Out Of Money.

  3. rent bounce house says:

    agree with st peter

  4. Whitey says:

    St. Peter… Teams don’t flourish or flop because of ownership. You know nothing about sports.

    Swim, Nobody owes you anything… and this “3rd rate team” shows you know nothing about the team or basketball. Yes… the Maloofs think we’ll just transfer millions to their ATMs. You’re too stupid to be here.

    rent bounce house… well, you’re a sheep and can’t think for yourself.

  5. Bill P says:

    “Teams don’t flourish or flop because of ownership.” – Whitey

    Seriously? and who knows nothing about sports? The ownership of a professional sports franchise, their ability to finance the talent, make the correct decisions more often than not while delegating other ones is the single most important indicator of success in said franchise.

  6. Whitey says:

    Actually, Bill, it’s not… because if it was the case, the Yankees, Cowboys and Mavericks would win every year. Since that’s not the case, it’s you that’s wrong.

    The Yankees have had the highest payroll in all of sports for years. They haven’t won a World Series since 2000. Fact. Here’s the rest… Dallas Mavericks (1 championship)… L.A. Lakers (2009)… Detroit Pistons… Cleveland Cavaliers… Boston Celtics (2008)… New York Knicks… Not exactly what you’d call a list of perennial winners. You’re wrong, Bill.

    “Making the correct decisions” has nothing to do with money or ownership. Team GMs and coaches take those to the owners who write checks.

    Check your facts before calling someone out, fool.

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