Kings deny Virginia report

Updated: August 23, 2012, 4:20 PM ET
ESPN.com news services

Owners of the Sacramento Kings denied a report that the team is in talks to move to Virginia Beach, Va.

The Hampton Roads Business Journal in Norfolk, Va., cited unnamed sources as saying Kings ownership and officials from Comcast and concert promoter Live Nation are supposed to descend on Virginia Beach on Tuesday to discuss a new stadium and relocation of the NBA franchise.

"We haven't talked to Virginia Beach," Joe Maloof told CBS13 in Sacramento.

Kings owners Joe, Gavin and George Maloof pulled out of a plan to help finance an arena in Sacramento earlier this year, saying it didn't make financial sense for the franchise.

The team has been tied to discussion in Anaheim, Calif., as well as other cities.

"The Kings have been approached by numerous cities interested (in) buying the team and relocating it," Kings spokesman Eric Rose said to CBS13 in an email. "We are not going to discuss which cities have approached the team and are not going to comment on every rumor. I can tell you that the Kings are 100 percent focused on putting a winning team on the court."

Virginia Beach mayor Will Sessoms would not comment on the Kings but did say some meetings will take place.

"Comcast, Live Nation and Global Spectrum (a Comcast-owned stadium operator) have come to the city," he told the Business Journal. "They would guarantee us a professional sports team (if a deal goes through)."

Comcast told CBS13 through a spokesperson that it would not comment until after Tuesday's meetings.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

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