Phoenix Suns President and CEO Jason Rowley released a statement on Friday addressing rumors that the team could be up for relocation if owner Robert Sarver is unable to entice Arizona taxpayers into paying for a new arena.
“As I have stated publicly during the 48 hours since the original story broke, neither Robert nor anyone else within the Suns organization has threatened City officials with relocating the Suns out of state during the course of our renovation discussions. Further, we have not engaged in any discussions with Seattle, Las Vegas or any other city for that matter regarding a potential relocation of the Suns. To the contrary, we have been and remain steadfastly committed and solely focused on reaching an agreement that will keep the team in downtown Phoenix where it belongs.
It is unfortunate that our loyal and dedicated employees, fans, and partners have had to endure the rampant speculation and uncertainty that was created by this inaccurate story, and it is disappointing that no one at the Suns was contacted for comment before the original story was published. However, I appreciate that the record has now been set straight, and we look forward to the public discussion ahead and continuing to work with the City to keep the Suns in our downtown home for years to come.”
The story alleging the Suns could be on the move originally appeared in the Arizona Republic on December 12th. A day later The Republic provided the following clarification:
“The council member on Thursday clarified the [quote about relocating], saying that Sarver didn’t mention Seattle or Las Vegas by name during their conversation but that he did make it clear the team wants to leave if the deal is not approved.”
That news probably doesn’t matter to most Phoenix-area Suns fans. Do you care where they go if they leave Arizona? Vegas? Seattle? Quebec? Mars?
Here is owner Robert Sarver on the topic. Straight from the owner’s mouth to your ears.
A message from Managing Partner, Robert Sarver: pic.twitter.com/f2YLC0woYG— Phoenix Suns (@Suns) December 13, 2018
Ultimately the vote for $230 million in upgrades to Talking Stick Resort Arena didn’t happen. It has been pushed back to January 23rd, 2019. Stay tuned.