Responding to renewed rumors that the Kings are on the market, Tim Leiweke, chairman and chief executive of the club's parent company AEG, said the hockey team has not been put up for sale.
"We get calls all the time. We are neither looking at [nor] in talks to sell," Leiweke said in an e-mail Friday. "Very focused on NFL."
AEG, which used its purchase of the Kings in 1995 as a steppingstone to build a real estate and entertainment empire that includes Staples Center and a part interest in the Lakers, has proposed to build and finance a stadium in downtown Los Angeles that would house an NFL team.
In a report about the Kings in early December, Forbes magazine, citing unidentified bankers, said co-owner Philip Anschutz was "shopping the Kings around" for a good price. On Friday, the website LA Observed, in its LA Biz Observed section, mentioned a report by the research firm Mergermarket that said the Kings are for sale based on "a source familiar with the situation and an industry banker."