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Mayor Johnson Releases Statement on NBA Lockout Developments

In a statement sent to FOX40, Mayor Kevin Johnson seemed optimistic about the resolution of the NBA lockout.

The statement reads:

"It is often darkest before dawn. We have seen similar patterns of negotiations in past lock-outs. I remain hopeful that all parties will come together and reach a solution.  From Sacramento's perspective, our focus is on continuing to move forward on developing an Entertainment and Sports Complex. This has never been about an arena for pro basketball - this is about developing an economic asset for the city that will generate 4000+ jobs and $7 billion dollars in economic activity for our community."

The statement comes after NBA players rejected the league’s latest offer, likely eliminating the possibility of a 2011-2012 basketball season.

Johnson’s Think BIG committee has been the driving force to have a new entertainment and sports complex built in Sacramento. They have been given until March 2012 to present the NBA with financing plans for the new arena.

The mayor was also a professional basketball player with the NBA from 1987 to 2000. He also was one of 14 mayors to sign a letter to NBA Commissioner David Stern and Executive Director of the NBA Players Association Billy Hunter, asking them to resolve the lockout. The letter was sent Oct. 13.

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