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A full-court press: Phoenix Suns, city go all out to push arena renovations

Phoenix Suns President and CEO Jason Rowley has worked with city officials to spread information about the deal to renovate Talking Stick Resort Arena. / By Jim Poulin / Phoenix Business Journal

 

Disclosure: Rose Law Group represents the Phoenix Suns

Several business groups have rallied around the team, praised proposed deal

By Brandon Brown | Phoenix Business Journal

The ball is squarely in Jason Rowley’s court.

The president and CEO of the Phoenix Suns has gone on offense in recent weeks, trying to sell the notion that a professional basketball team needs the city of Phoenix to spend $150 million to renovate its home arena.

For three years, city leaders and the Phoenix Suns — led by Rowley, the team’s president and CEO — negotiated a deal to renovate Talking Stick Resort Arena that both sides felt was fair and mutually beneficial.

Then the deal went public in December, and all bets were off. The proposal was hammered by opponents questioning why the city should pay for the upgrades. The uproar caught the team and city off guard.

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