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Video: Glendale mayor expresses frustration with Coyotes situation

Apr 5, 2012, 5:25 PM EDT

We already wrote yesterday about Glendale Mayor Elaine Scruggs’ emotional outburst over the continuing plight of the Phoenix Coyotes, but for those who prefer watching video to reading (don’t worry, this video doesn’t have Mike or I in it), here’s an Arizona Nightly News report on the situation.

Not sure what it says about the mayor that she didn’t fully understand the deal with the NHL. Maybe should’ve wrapped her head around it before committing $25 million of taxpayer money.

As for the NHL’s position, deputy commissioner Bill Daly spoke to Yahoo! after Scruggs’ comments and provided a very different story.

“We obviously disagree with the mayor’s suggestion that the league — in any way or at any time — misled the City of Glendale,” Daly said. “We couldn’t have been more open and forthcoming throughout the 2 1/2 years we have owned this team.”

Daly added that there was no news to report on the Coyotes situation. However, he also said the NHL hasn’t begun exploring any alternatives (i.e. relocating), which considering the clock is ticking may suggest the league feels confident about finding a way to keep the team in the desert.

  1. rob1986s - Apr 5, 2012 at 5:53 PM

    What a gong show this has become.
    It’s a shame that it’s overshadowing what a great season PHX is having.

  2. cableguymike - Apr 5, 2012 at 6:10 PM
  3. crazemastercraze - Apr 5, 2012 at 7:34 PM

    she’s an idiot! why is it that it took her this long to come to the conclusion the “the nhl was deceiving her”, she signed off on the deal so the buck stops at her!!!

  4. rainyday56 - Apr 6, 2012 at 8:59 AM

    This is what happens when local governments reach beyond their mandate of providing essential services for their constituents. Instead of using public funds to stimulate private investment, they should have taken the hint no one wanted to invest there because the place was a dump. Public funds would have been better used to improve the overall livabilty of the area rather than build a white elephant destination.

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