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Report: Goldwater Institute will try to block vote for Coyotes’ new proposal

Jun 7, 2012, 8:54 PM EDT

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There were already some rumblings that the Goldwater Institute won’t be so quiet in the latest round of Phoenix Coyotes sales pitches, but that seems just about official now. Brahm Resnik reports that the Goldwater Institue intends to attempt to block the Glendale vote for a new Coyotes lease on Friday morning.

Here’s the verbatim Tweet:

BREAKING @GoldwaterInst says it will be in court at 830am Friday to try to block ‪#Glendale‬ vote on ‪#Coyotes‬ lease at 10am.

Goldwater also claims that Glendale “violated an Open Meetings Law by not disclosing the entire lease agreement in a timely fashion,” according to Resnik’s reports.

The last thing that the newest edition of the Coyotes’ hopeful sale needed was the Goldwater Institute blocking the path again, although it’s not fair to cast them in the role of “villains.” It’s a watchdog group designed to help protect taxpayers and it’s likely that even the most ardent Coyotes supporter would admit that it’s a far-from-ideal situation. The latest proposal seemed to be designed to survive Goldwater’s gaze, but if this development is any indication, it obviously didn’t do enough to calm those fears.

We’ll keep an eye out for developments on what could be a tumultuous Friday morning in a story that seemingly never ends.

(H/T to Bruce Arthur.)

  1. greatminnesotasportsmind - Jun 7, 2012 at 9:26 PM

    Stick it to them Goldwater, that way a DESERVING location who wants an NHL team can have yours.

  2. lidstrom5 - Jun 7, 2012 at 9:26 PM

    As the world turns !

  3. georgemuresanwasmygiant - Jun 7, 2012 at 9:40 PM

    greatminnesotasportsmind is right, the Minnesota was so deserving the North Stars moved to Dallas

    • greatminnesotasportsmind - Jun 8, 2012 at 12:19 AM

      Only reason the North Stars moves to Dallas was because the owner was facing a sexual harassment law suit when he moved the team. He moved them to Dallas and then sold them shortly there after.

      • wethog66 - Jun 8, 2012 at 12:47 PM

        So the NHL approved the Stars relocation solely because the then owner was facing a sexual harrassment lawsuit? Sure.

      • greatminnesotasportsmind - Jun 8, 2012 at 10:44 PM

        Which is why it took only 3 years to be granted an expansion team. Stars left April of 1993 and St. Paul was given the expansion team June of 1997. The only reason Gary Bettman allowed this move was because he was the commissioner for 2 months on the job, coming from the NBA. He had zero knowledge (enter your Bettman cheap shot here) about what was happening with the North Stars. All Bettman saw was declining attendance figures because Norm Green ran the Stars on the cheap. The fans started revolting against him and stopped showing up. The state and fans wanted the Stars to stay. Minneapolis offered Norm Green a buyout of the Met Center lease and a chance to play at the two and a half year old (state of the art at the time) Target Center. But since he was caught up in this harassment law suit he packed the bags and headed off to Dallas.

  4. yotesfan3 - Jun 7, 2012 at 10:05 PM

    If they were gonna support tax payers they would let the team stay, add more to west gate and increase infrastructure. So dumb! Hate goldwater

  5. pavelfitzgerald - Jun 7, 2012 at 11:09 PM

    Correction James – the ardent Coyotes fans on here deny that it’s less than ideal even though common sense would dictate otherwise

  6. barkar942 - Jun 8, 2012 at 12:40 AM

    Well, it looks like the Yotes will be heading to colder climates for next season!

  7. fiddytucker - Jun 8, 2012 at 1:36 AM

    So many edumakated people on here. When it works out, haters move on to the next. Miami heat perhaps?

  8. chiefblckbear - Jun 8, 2012 at 1:57 AM

    Okay, let get this right. Fans that live in a state that elects politicians that lean to the side of fiscal conservative is upset a institution is looking out for the city’s best interests. If you don’t want to get stuck with a bad deal let them look out for you if you don’t care I hope to hear nothing about tax payer dollars being wasted. If you keep the totes good. I love the new rivalries this team seems to want. If you lose them I’m sorry but that is the way the dice rolls the NHL has kept them there long enough footing the bill.

  9. wethog66 - Jun 8, 2012 at 12:49 PM

    I wish Maryland had a Goldwater Institute like organization.

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