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Suns owner Robert Sarver threatens to move team

Phoenix Suns logo Phoenix City Council delays vote on $230 million Suns arena renovation
Shannon Reynolds | 13 December, 2018, 20:06

The hockey team plays at T-Mobile Arena, which opened in 2016; Seattle's city council last week approved a $700 million renovation of its 52-year-old Key Arena, with some members expressing confidence that the project would soon lead to the return of the National Basketball Association.

"I want to make sure the community understands the economic impact of the arena, the responsibility the city has to the arena owner, what renovations are needed to continue operating the arena and the source of the funds that would be used for renovations".

Phoenix's city council was set to vote Wednesday on the deal, which could keep the Suns in place until at least 2037, but decided on a postponement when it became apparent that there might not be enough yes votes.

Currently, the Suns' arena contract with the city runs through 2032, but the team could opt out as soon as 2022 if certain criteria are met.

Robert Sarver has begun to tell some council members that he will relocate the Phoenix Suns to Seattle or Las Vegas if the City Council of Phoenix votes down a plan to spend $150 million to upgrade Talking Stick Arena.

The Suns' facility, Talking Stick Resort Arena, opened in 1992 as America West Arena.

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Robert Sarver of the Phoenix Suns takes notes inside the lottery room during the 2017 NBA Draft Lottery at the New York Hilton in New York, New York.

Interim Mayor Thelda Williams, as well as council members Laura Pastor and Debra Stark, will submit a letter to City Manager Ed Zuercher requesting that the council postpone the vote.

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The Phoenix Suns' arena dispute has brought back speculation of an NBA Seattle return.

"We have learned that a request has been made to continue the agenda item on the arena renovation until a council meeting on January 23", said Suns president and CEO Jason Rowley in a statement.

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