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Virginia Beach, Va., suspends pursuit of Sacramento Kings | NBA

Virginia Beach, Va., officials suspended their pursuit of a pro team to be an anchor tenant for a proposed 18,500-seat arena. Multiple sources have said the team is the NBA Sacramento Kings. Seattle often has been mentioned in speculation about relocation for the Kings.

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Virginia Beach, Va., officials Tuesday suspended their pursuit of a pro team to be an anchor tenant for a proposed 18,500-seat arena. Multiple sources have said the team is the NBA Sacramento Kings.

Virginia Beach Mayor Will Sessoms had set a deadline for sports-and-entertainment firm Comcast-Spectacor and a team to reach an arena deal to give him time to seek a $150 million subsidy from the Virginia legislature. The deadline passed.

"This just ain't gonna work at this point in time," Sessoms told The Sacramento Bee.

The Kings' status in Sacramento has been in limbo since the family that owns the team, the Maloofs, abandoned a tentative deal for a downtown arena last year. Seattle often has been mentioned in speculation about relocation for the Kings; the NBA deadline for petitioning for relocation is March 1.

Maloof family spokesman Eric Rose told The Sacramento Bee: "As we have said for nearly a year, we have been contacted by several cities and parties interested in the Sacramento Kings organization. The announcement today from Virginia Beach does not change our long-held position that we will not comment on rumors or speculation about the franchise."

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