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Report: Glendale, Jamison group will work together to keep Coyotes in town

Apr 11, 2012, 5:40 PM EDT

Greg Jamison

Hey, remember like four hours ago when we said there were three ownership groups interested in purchasing the Coyotes? Well, according to the Phoenix Business Journal, the City of Glendale has decided to move forward with one of them – former San Jose Sharks CEO Greg Jamison’s.

Over the next few weeks, the two sides will reportedly try to negotiate an arena lease at city-owned Jobing.com Arena – a lease that will be structured in a way to avoid legal challenges by the Goldwater Institute.

The Business Journal also writes that the NHL, which owns the Coyotes, “is poised to finalize a Jamison deal as soon as an arena lease with Glendale is approved.”

In other words, if Glendale and Jamison can bang out a lease that satisfies everyone, this whole thing could be behind us.

And it’ll be just that easy.

Right?

RIGHT?

  1. govtminion - Apr 11, 2012 at 6:03 PM

    I’d love to say that I’m hopeful that this will turn out better than all of the other previous attempts at resolving this issue, but… let’s be honest here, does anyone really think this is going to go well? Anyone?

    I hope I’m wrong, but I’m betting we’ll be doing this same song and dance number a year from now.

  2. sanjosecupcrazy - Apr 11, 2012 at 6:14 PM

    Congrats, Phoenix: Jamison was AWESOME as the head of the Sharks ownership group. Our loss is your gain. You guys will like him a lot. Genuine guy who truly wants to win.

  3. AlohaMrHand - Apr 11, 2012 at 6:24 PM

    Hmm maybe for once the Coyote will catch the Roadrunner after all..

  4. serbvet1 - Apr 11, 2012 at 7:16 PM

    YESSSSSS! Hope this is true. Despite what all the critics say Phoenix is becoming a Hockey Town. We have one of the busiest rinks in the country (Ice Den) and 5 other rinks that are busy all the time. We have a healthy and growing youth hockey program producing talented players. And we have an upcoming NHL team with an awesome coach and cunning GM.

    I am excited about this possibility. Thank you to the NHL (and Gary Bettman) for holding out and allowing this to happen.

  5. takingbovadasmoney - Apr 11, 2012 at 8:27 PM

    Gary Bettman = the death of the NHL.

  6. yotesfan3 - Apr 11, 2012 at 9:19 PM

    Please be true!!

  7. dbara43 - Apr 12, 2012 at 8:14 PM

    Pretty Insane that the league is working so hard to keep a failed franchise in town when a larger market with a new arena online is just waiting. Makes no sense to keep losing money in PHX/Glendale when you could be making it hand over fist in SEA.

    db

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