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|Statement From Anaheim Mayor Tom Tait|
ANAHEIM, CA - (May 2, 2011) - Anaheim Mayor Tom Tait today issued the following statement in response to the Maloof family announcing they will keep the NBA Kings team in Sacramento for 2011-12 season.
"Anaheim remains an NBA-ready city," said Anaheim Mayor Tom Tait. "We are proud of the work that was done to bring an NBA team to Anaheim's Honda Center. In particular, we protected the city's taxpayers and the city's finances from any risk by using private, not public, funds in the financing.
"As confirmed by NBA Commissioner David Stern, this process has shown that Anaheim/Orange County is a stand-alone market. With more than 3 million residents, Orange County is its own region – not a suburb. We believe that there should be more than one venue in southern California to enjoy NBA basketball.
"Though we are disappointed at today's announcement, we respect this business decision. I am grateful to the Maloofs for their strong interest in Anaheim and Orange County. I want to thank my colleagues on the city council, the city staff and Anaheim Arena Management for their commitment to this effort. I especially want to thank Henry and Susan Samueli for their passion and dedication to Anaheim and Orange County.
"The bottom line is this: The final chapter has not been written. Anaheim/Orange County is ripe for the NBA and we offer an incredibly attractive package to any team. As a world-class sports and entertainment destination, Anaheim will continue to move forward and we remain optimistic to one day welcoming professional basketball to Anaheim."
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