(1090 The Fan) – Hours before Sacramento officials made their case to the NBA to keep the Kings in town, a citizens’ group filed a “notice of intent” to sue the city to block the proposed downtown arena, according to the Sacramento Bee.

The potential suit claims the Sacramento City Council’s recent approval for the construction a new sports complex violates California’s Environmental Quality Act. Opponents say the construction and operation of an arena without completing environmental reviews is illegal.

However, city officials have gone on record saying they will not commit to spending any city money until environmental reviews are done, according to the Bee.

When asked about the threat of a lawsuit, Sacramento City Attorney James Sanchez said the move was a “premature step” because the CEQA requirement doesn’t kick in until the city council has made a final decision to finance the arena.

The Bee reports the court filing was made on the eve of a pivotal meeting in New York, when separate delegations from Sacramento and Seattle will submit proposals to a committee of NBA owners.

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