David Stern, Kevin Johnson meet

Updated: December 16, 2011, 7:56 PM ET
Associated Press

SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Sacramento mayor Kevin Johnson is calling his meeting with NBA commissioner David Stern and other executives a "productive conversation" about the city's efforts to help finance a new arena.

The meeting in New York on Friday also included AEG president Tim Leiweke. The Los Angeles-based company has expressed interest in operating a Sacramento-owned arena to house the Kings.

Johnson says in a statement that he "made clear Sacramento's seriousness of purpose when it comes to developing a true public-private partnership" for a new arena. Stern has said the Kings will again explore relocation if there's no arena plan by March 1.

The Sacramento City Council has approved several preliminary measures to finance a new arena. Details of the final plan -- and a vote -- are not expected until at least February.


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