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Legal experts don’t like Goldwater’s chances in court tomorrow

Jun 18, 2012, 3:06 PM EDT

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We’re no law-talking guys here at PHT, so we couldn’t very well handicap tomorrow’s Goldwater-Glendale court battle in which the taxpayer watchdog group will attempt to invalidate a vote approving a lease for the Phoenix Coyotes at the city-owned Arena.

Fortunately, the Arizona Republic spoke to a couple of law-talking guys to get their takes, and what they said should make Coyotes fans happy.

“No matter what the facts, there’s always a high bar there,” Phoenix-based constitutional-law attorney Dan Barr told the paper. “The courts aren’t going to (step in) merely because they disagree with it. Usually, the violation has to be pretty blatant.”

Added David Derickson, a Phoenix-based defense attorney: “For me, as a former judge and a legal observer, I would think it would be very difficult for the court to interfere with a lawful process.”

If Goldwater’s lawsuit does fail tomorrow, the vote won’t actually go into effect for about a month, according to the paper. Whether that could delay the sale even further isn’t clear.

It’s also possible Goldwater could end up suing Glendale for violating the state’s gift clause.

And we still don’t know if Greg Jamison has the money in place to buy the team.

Otherwise it’s full speed ahead!


  1. highlander24 - Jun 18, 2012 at 3:20 PM

    Seattle Seadogs?

  2. davebabychreturns - Jun 18, 2012 at 3:32 PM

    I wonder how much money taxpayers have had to fork out over the years due to Goldwater’s various lawsuits..

    • lewdood - Jun 18, 2012 at 5:40 PM

      My guess is a lot less than the $50 mil they’ve blown on keeping a team that draws 12,000 fans per game in the desert for the last two years.

      • wisbadgers - Jun 18, 2012 at 7:23 PM

        Which is still less than the $170 million it’ll cost Glendale if the Coyotes leave.
        Haters gotta hate, right lewdood?

      • atwatercrushesokoye - Jun 19, 2012 at 3:06 PM

        $170 million if they leave, $300+ million if they stay, better off letting them leave and saving $130 million dollars.

  3. buffalomafia - Jun 18, 2012 at 8:12 PM

    Same old broken record! Just move the team to anywhere for petes sake!

  4. atwatercrushesokoye - Jun 18, 2012 at 11:21 PM

    Doesn’t matter if the court rules against Goldwater, Jamison has no money and won’t be able to close this deal, although based on the number of broke people who have been approved by Bettman and Co. previously, who knows? Maybe Boots Baggio will be apart of the ownership?

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