Two unidentified people who were at a briefing by Virginia Beach economic development director Warren Harris about new arena plans last Thursday have told the Virginian-Pilot that Harris said Virginia Beach Mayor Will Sessoms has met with the Maloof brothers, owners of the Sacramento Kings. Harris told the Virginian-Pilot that he never mentioned the Maloofs or the Kings by name in the briefing, but said that Sessoms has met with representatives of an NBA team. He did not disclose whether he referred to them by code name, such as Loofahs, Sack-o’-Tomatoes, or the Rochester Royals.
Anyway, even if the Brothers Who Shall Not Be Named did meet with Sessoms, people meet all the time without moving, or even seriously thinking about moving. Regardless, this should be enough to spark some panicked headlines out in Sacramento — oh, look, there’s one now.
Meanwhile, a new economic impact report is scheduled to be presented to the Virginia Beach city council on Tuesday, after some councilmembers noted that the first report was entirely based on the arena promoters’ figures and contained some improbable assumptions. I bet this new study is totally going to fix all those problems, though — and if not, it’ll give arena boosters another chance for excited news stories about how much economic impact is projected by the people who would be getting money from the project. It’s a win-win!