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Bill Daly on schedule: “There will be a Phoenix Coyotes in Glendale, Arizona. Absolutely”

Jun 19, 2012, 11:54 PM EST

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Gary Bettman didn’t provide much of an update on the Phoenix Coyotes’ sale, but the NHL’s plans seem optimistic. Here’s what Bill Daly told Nick Cotsonika and other media members about next season’s schedule.

“It’s coming out soon, and there will be Phoenix Coyotes in Glendale, Arizona. Absolutely,” Daly said.

Naturally, there’s still much to resolve – for the Coyotes and the league as a whole. The NHL’s schedulers have shown the ability to think on their feet before,* but for now, they’re taking an optimistic approach.

* -See: finding a way to make it reasonably manageable for the Winnipeg Jets to remain in the Southeast Division.

  1. wisbadgers - Jun 20, 2012 at 12:20 AM

    …and so begins the comments from all the haters from Canada, Kansas City, and Seattle spewing off about how the NHL can’t and won’t make money in the desert.

    GO COYOTES!!!!

    • kingfooj - Jun 20, 2012 at 12:53 AM

      When there are calculations that your team cannot make a profit if it makes the cup finals for 20 years in a row…….you know youre not making money

      • thenewraoulduke - Jun 20, 2012 at 11:25 AM

        most of those calculations I have seen are based off the current ticket sales not an increase which is likely to result because A) attendance has been rising the past 3 years and B) an owner would likely spend more on advertising especially if the owner is someone with experience in non traditional markets and knows how to make people come to games

    • theawesomersfranchise - Jun 20, 2012 at 12:59 PM

      Come on Badgers
      Comment on the reality that they have lost money every season and will continue to lose money every season regardless of the product on the ice.

      Why isn’t their a NBA in Cincy or Pittsburgh?
      Ohhh right see there is this reality called money, and people only have so much money to spend on pro sporting event. Phoenix has the NFL, NBA and MLB already.
      The Newraoulduke actually said “most” of those calculations as if he is more educated about the situation than the people with millions of dollars on the line.

      Cities with 4 Pro sports has specific needs for all 4 to profit
      Phoenix/Glendale is NOT, NY, Toronto, LA, Boston, Chicago

      Complete foolishness and nonsense

      • thenewraoulduke - Jun 20, 2012 at 2:34 PM

        I said most because I have not been given the chance to read every economic forecast and I don’t make definitive without all the evidence. Unlike you, who unless you have a bunch of precogs are just speculating

    • theawesomersfranchise - Jun 20, 2012 at 12:59 PM

      Come on Badgers
      Comment on the reality that they have lost money every season and will continue to lose money every season regardless of the product on the ice.

      Why isn’t thee a NBA in Cincy or Pittsburgh?
      Ohhh right see there is this reality called money, and people only have so much money to spend on pro sporting event. Phoenix has the NFL, NBA and MLB already.
      The Newraoulduke actually said “most” of those calculations as if he is more educated about the situation than the people with millions of dollars on the line.

      Cities with 4 Pro sports has specific needs for all 4 to profit
      Phoenix/Glendale is NOT, NY, Toronto, LA, Boston, Chicago

      Complete foolishness and nonsense

  2. fiddytucker - Jun 20, 2012 at 12:54 AM

    I love to say “I told you so” but… I told you so.

  3. fiddytucker - Jun 20, 2012 at 12:54 AM

    Go yotes

  4. fiddytucker - Jun 20, 2012 at 12:55 AM

    Go! Yotes!

  5. chiefblckbear - Jun 20, 2012 at 1:10 AM

    Can I see some proof for or against a team in Phoenix make profit? Then we need to compare to other south teams if none are profitable. That isn’t 100% reason to get out of Phoenix is most southern teams don’t make a huge profit. So if they can work sure if they can’t the n they won’t. If no owner appears after 4 years unless the city and state want to pony up spending money you have to start questioning something. Why not pull a green bay and have the city own the team?

  6. greatminnesotasportsmind - Jun 20, 2012 at 1:14 AM

    * -See: finding a way to make it reasonably manageable for the Winnipeg Jets to remain in the Southeast Division.
    ————————————————————————————————————————————

    They had that, until Donald Fehr decided to not approve the realignment. I guess Winnipeg playing Florida, Tampa Bay, Washington, and Carolina as division rivals multiple times a year makes more sense than playing Chicago, Minnesota, Detroit, Dallas, Columbus, Nashville, and St. Louis. Makes more sense for the players too, but Donald Fehr has to ruin everything. Including possibly starting the season on time next year too…

  7. buffalomafia - Jun 20, 2012 at 10:10 AM

    If your not making a profit than why keep the team?

    The illigal immugrants watch soccer not hockey!

    What city do you sports fans think the coyotes will go?

    Seattle, Quebec or KC?

  8. tmoore4075 - Jun 20, 2012 at 10:16 AM

    If the deal falls through I don’t know how they stay put with Glendale not putting forward the money to cover losses again. Just want this thing resolved already. Whether that’s staying put, Seattle, KC or QC I don’t care anymore. IF they were to move Seattle or KC the division alignment wouldn’t matter for them. KC could deal with Pacific Time Zone play. Dallas does now and obviously Seattle would be fine.

  9. buffalomafia - Jun 20, 2012 at 10:21 AM

    How much longer is this issue going to be beat like a dead horse?

    Can they move a team to another city that fast in a short time not knowing what city will get coyotes?

    • tmoore4075 - Jun 20, 2012 at 10:26 AM

      The schedule would be a pain to get done. Could they do it? Maybe but I’m not sure how they get it straightened out this fast unless they have backup plan for the schedule.

  10. govtminion - Jun 20, 2012 at 10:37 AM

    “We also believe there will be a Whalers team in Hartford, and are very optimistic about the Atlanta Thrashers. Now if you’ll excuse me, I’m late for my lunch meeting with Sasquatch.”

  11. jernster21 - Jun 20, 2012 at 11:18 AM

    With the reports that they may still be trying to gather the funding for the team I don’t know how this deal gets done. You have to figure that people funding this deal have to be hesitant to do so purely based on the probability that this team never turns a profit. It has been a long time since I took an economics class but you don’t go into a business venture knowing you aren’t going to make any money, and certainly not a situation where you’re going to lose a bunch of money. This team/situation is an absolute train wreck – the worst thing they could have ever done was build the arena where they did – it’s just not feasible for people to go to the games during the week due to the location…it’s great that the cardinals stadium is up there too but hey, people only have to go to one game a week, not three or four. The excuse that it’s a bad hockey team hasn’t been relevant for a few years and nothing has changed and they still basically have to give tickets away out there. Even if they do stay in Phoenix it’s only going to be temporarily – eventually ownership is going to get tired of pumping money into a money pit with no return and it’s going to reoccur at a later time when they try to sell again, and I guarantee it’s going to be with a condition that the team can be moved, even if it is years down the road.

    • thenewraoulduke - Jun 20, 2012 at 11:29 AM

      Well considering there is one report that they are still gathering funding and then everyone just links to the original Forbes article as their source even though Forbes doesn’t list their source. And the lease agreement is that team has to stay for 20 years, and by then I would hope that the ownership group thinks they can make a profit

      • jernster21 - Jun 20, 2012 at 1:29 PM

        The lease agreement is for the arena; I’ve read that there is something in there about CoG possibly selling the arena after a few years to the owners, maybe within 5 years? I would assume that nullifies any sort of lease agreement and they’re free to do what they want as the owners at that point.

  12. sippindasyzurp - Jun 20, 2012 at 12:57 PM

    All it takes is one crappy year of not making the playoffs and they will be shipped off somewhere else…

    Last year won’t happen again.

    • wisbadgers - Jun 21, 2012 at 2:56 AM

      “Last year won’t happen again.”

      And the year before that won’t happen again either. And neither will the year before that.

      They’ve been a playoff team for 3 years in a row now. Hate on the management aspect of the team all you want but after 3 consecutive years of making the playoffs under the monetary limitations set forth by the NHL, and you have to realize that the coaches are phenomenal and the players are talented.
      As much as you probably hate the team, this team is a perennial playoff team.

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