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Cardinals’ Larry Fitzgerald: Phoenix should take a chance on Suns arena

Suns owner says he's '100-percent all-in' on keeping team in Phoenix, but still needs that taxpayer money Suns Owner Robert Sarver Threatens to Move Team to Vegas or Seattle
Cassandra Castillo | 16 December, 2018, 02:44

It appears the Phoenix Suns will stay in the Valley after all, based on what Suns owner Robert Sarver said in a video posted to the team's verified Twitter account Thursday.

Arizona Cardinals player Larry Fitzgerald and Phoenix Suns owner Robert Sarver watch an NCAA college basketball game between Arizona and CT on Thursday, Dec. 21, 2017, in Tucson, Ariz.

He added that his goal for a new stadium is to renovate Talking Stick Resort Arena and "restore it to a world class facility". "In addition, it is important for the Phoenix Suns to build a first-class practice facility, so the players ... can continue to develop".

Arizona Republic reporter Laurie Roberts says Sarver has threatened Phoenix with relocating the National Basketball Association team unless the vote comes in his favor.

Sarver "is so tight he squeaks when he walks".

The city council had planned to vote on a $230 million renovation package Wednesday, but community backlash prompted the vote to be pushed back to January 23.

Council members had planned to act on a deal to renovate the Talking Stick Resort Arena where the basketball team plays, but instead changed course.

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If the Phoenix City Council can get four members on board for the arena funding, Sarver would be committed to Phoenix through 2037.

Sarver acquired the franchise in 2004 for $401 million.

"Sarver's talking about moving", an unidentified council member told Roberts after speaking with the National Basketball Association owner.

There are seven city council members and at least three are now opposing the arena renovation plan. "The question is when is Robert Sarver going to bring an National Basketball Association team to Phoenix". Phoenix would pay $150 million toward the renovations, and the Suns would pay $80 million.

A majority of the City Council apparently isn't a big fan of the proposal, which is why the vote was postponed.

"You don't think of Phoenix without the Phoenix Suns", he said.

Suns CEO Jason Rowley denied the team was going to move in a statement released Wednesday.

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