Phoenix Suns owner ‘threatens to move team to Seattle or Las Vegas’

The owner of the Phoenix Suns is threatening to move the NBA team to Seattle or Las Vegas amid an ongoing disagreement with Phoenix City Council over renovations to Talking Stick Resort Arena.

The council was slated to vote on a $230m renovation deal, which would keep the Suns in downtown Phoenix until 2042, but it has been pushed back to to January 23 due to backlash from the community. A survey revealed that 66 per cent of Phoenix voters oppose using public money on renovations to the arena, and only 20 per cent approve of the idea.

Suns owner Robert Sarver is now reportedly threatening to move his team if he does not get his way. “Sarver’s talking about moving,” one council member told a local reporter. “He basically told me the team will go (if they don’t get a renovated arena). Vegas and Seattle were the two he talked about.”

Ed Zuercher, Phoenix city manager, responded: “I don’t consider it a threat. They’ve talked about what their options are. Robert has never threatened [this]. He’s mentioned that there are other cities that are looking for NBA teams.”