A mysterious plan to build a new arena for the Sacramento Kings in Northern California continued to unfold on Friday, as the reporter who first broke the story followed up with an indication that the group pushing the idea hopes to soon present a final proposal to the Maloof family, owners of the Kings' franchise.
The group includes two figures from the Kings' arrival in Sacramento 26 years ago, reported the Sacramento Bee on Friday. Jim Crandell of Sacramento's FOX 40 news confirmed that the men, Greg Van Dusen and Rann Haight, have been working with investors and public officials to come up with a funding source and cost analysis on a new arena.
The Bee also reported Friday that the Maloofs had not spoken to the Van Dusen-Haight group recently; Crandell reports that the team wants to finalize its plan, which Crandell claims has a solid funding source, before meeting with the Maloof family. The Maloofs are negotiating a potential relocation to Anaheim in advance of next season.
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Disclosure: the author is a Sacramento resident, longtime Kings fan and terrible pianist.