The Phoenix Suns are reportedly the latest professional sports franchise to contemplate relocation if it doesn’t get a new arena deal.
According to Laurie Roberts of the Arizona Republic, Suns owner Robert Sarver is threatening Phoenix city officials with a move to Seattle or Las Vegas.
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The reason behind Sarver’s threat is due to Phoenix’s Mayor Williams and two councilwomen asked to postpone the vote on Wednesday for a $150 million renovation to the Talking Stick Resort Arena. The reason behind the hold up is because they believed the deal would not pass if held on Wednesday.
Suns president and CEO Jason Rowley issued a statement affirming the organization’s desire to remain in Phoenix despite the vote being delayed until next month, via ArizonaSports.com:
“We have learned that a request has been made to continue the agenda item on the arena renovation until a council meeting on Jan. 23. We very much look forward to publicly discussing the many ways in which Talking Stick Resort Arena benefits Downtown Phoenix and our community at large, and answering any questions the Council and their constituents may have about the arena and the proposed renovation. Our priority remains being in Downtown Phoenix long-term, and we’re excited about the opportunity that lies ahead.”
The two cities mentioned for a move, if happened, would be Seattle or Las Vegas.
Seattle recently was granted an NHL team, and have been waiting for the NBA to return to their city since the Seattle Supersonics moved to Oklahoma City in 2008.