Anschutz Entertainment Group has been in the conversation for quite some time as a potential operator of the proposed entertainment-and-sports complex.  Now its interest is no longer speculation.  From the Sacramento Bee:

“We have made the mayor aware that … any assistance he would like to ask us for, we would be interested,” said AEG spokesman Michael Roth.

AEG officials met Friday in Los Angeles with Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson and members of his Sacramento arena team. The mayor described the meeting, the latest of several with AEG, as productive. The mayor said it included discussion of AEG’s potential role as arena operator, should the company sign on. “Sacramento deserves the best, and AEG represents exactly that,” the mayor said in an email to The Bee. “Bringing on AEG would … guarantee our new entertainment and sports complex is developed and operated in truly world-class fashion.”

Worth noting that Roth was present when the menu of funding options was presented more than two weeks ago at the Sacramento Press Club’s monthly meeting.