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Anti-Coyotes organizers submit signatures, Glendale shrugs

Jul 12, 2012, 6:17 PM EDT

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Late or not (they say not), organizers seeking to put a $324 million lease agreement between the City of Glendale and the Phoenix Coyotes to a November vote submitted their petition signatures today.

Just don’t expect the city to care.

“Their 30 days was up on July 9,” Glendale attorney Craig Tindall said earlier this week, as per the Arizona Republic. “If they turn in signatures after that, they’re going to be late and rejected for that reason.”

Organizers could still challenge the city’s rejection in court, but according to one expert, their chances of successfully challenging are slim.

“That’s a pretty uphill battle for these folks,” attorney Andy Gordon told the Republic. “I think they’re pretty clearly out of time.”

Yesterday, the city rejected another referendum initiative, this one related to a sales-tax hike that the city needs to help pay prospective Coyotes owner, Greg Jamison, to manage the city-owned Arena. Without that arena-management fee, there’s no sale and the team would likely have to move.

Should neither group challenge the rejections in court, attention will turn to the Goldwater Institute, the taxpayer watchdog group that’s still deciding whether it should sue the city for violating the state’s gift clause that forbids government subsidies to corporations.

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  1. thenewraoulduke - Jul 12, 2012 at 6:23 PM

    important note: They also didn’t turn in enough signatures. And their petition should be invalidated too.

  2. atwatercrushesokoye - Jul 12, 2012 at 7:34 PM

    So let’s see, according to the Arizona Republic even if the Coyotes made it the final every year for the next 20 years and the arena had 30 sold out concerts every year for the next 20 years that Glendale could still expect to lose $9 million per year not including their debt service fee of $12.6 million every year for the next 20 years. Putting a team in Phoenix and building this white elephant of an arena were both really good ideas…

    If only the people of Glendale were as eager to support the Coyotes as the city council is to spend money on the team.

    • wisbadgers - Jul 13, 2012 at 8:48 PM

      So you’re screen id is atwatercrushesokoye, so you must be from Kansas City. Hey, isn’t Kansas City one of the possible relocation city for the Coyotes. So, you have an agenda to consistently come on PHT and complain about Glendale to make yourself feel like you have a fighting chance of seeing the Coyotes move to Kansas City.
      Newsflash: Quebec City is the front runner to get the Yotes if they move. Seattle is #2, Kansas City is #3.

      You’re worse than the Canadian trolls. At least they blatantly admit their agenda is to get a team in Canada. You just troll on here to vomit negativity because what, you can google “Coyotes Suck” and find an article you like. What’s next on your to do list. To get the NBA’s Memphis Grizzlies to move to Kansas City cause they don’t have fans either.

      It’s about time you find a “We All Love Kansas City” website to join, don’t you think???

      • atwatercrushesokoye - Jul 13, 2012 at 8:58 PM

        Atwater was a Denver Bronco who crushed Okoye who was a Chief, would my screen name celebrate a Chief getting destroyed if I were from KC or a Chiefs fan?!

        I’m a Broncos fan sitting in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, we had moments where we came. Close to losing our team, especially in the late 90’s when there was a huge save the Flames campaign (that’s how Bobby Clarke, Brian Burke and Glen Sather became Flames season ticket holders) the fans rallied and we supported our team, the Flames average attendance last year was 19,289 which is a complete sellout (also 5th in the league) the year before 19,289, the year before that 19,289… There’s also a wait list for season tickets.

        So with that being said I know fully that teams can go through tough times I also know that when fans want a team they rally to keep that team, Phoenix hasn’t shown any ability to that.

        But thanks for knowing your NFL history, and thanks for making assumptions, well done! Must be that Badgers education you’re showing off there….

        And yes for the record the Coyotes should be moved to Quebec City, they have a huge fan base, a very rich owner with his own sports channel ready to be dedicated to the team and an approved arena that can have shovels in the ground by October.

      • atwatercrushesokoye - Jul 13, 2012 at 9:00 PM

        I await your apology…

      • hasekneverretires - Jul 14, 2012 at 10:37 AM

        Who even remembers Steve Atwater? Who cares? He was most remembered for hanging onto his career with the NY Jets…pathetic.
        Equally as pathetic are trolls who pretend to not be loyal to their country so they can spew their venom on the Coyotes.
        I think wisbadgers had you nailed and didn’t even know it. He was referring to Canadian trolls, which obviously you are.
        And now you’re tagging every post with asking wisbadgers for an apology? I guess not only little kids are immature, so are Canadians who are embarrassed to be Canadian.

        I, for one, am not embarrassed of my country and I’d rather see intellectual discussions than 5th grade banter.
        Thank you wisbadgers for saying what many of us (Canadian and American) hockey fans have been thinking for quite a while.

        Let’s clean up these boards, people!!!!

      • atwatercrushesokoye - Jul 14, 2012 at 1:28 PM

        Okay man, well done. You’ve convinced me with your superior intellect that Phoenix should stay in Glendale, I wouldn’t have been convinced by anyone else your well used use of the term troll convinced me, surprised you couldn’t work in “hater” or “haterade” aren’t those terms used by people of superior intellect like yourself?

        When did I ever say I was embarrassed to be Canadian? I think your reading comprehension is about on par with your ability to maintain a serious discussion. The only difference between you and that Pittsburgh fan is at least he knows he’s a joke.

      • hasekneverretires - Jul 14, 2012 at 3:15 PM

        “Phoenix should stay in Glendale”.

        Thanks for proving my point.

  3. lonespeed - Jul 13, 2012 at 11:10 AM

    Does anyone really care about the Phoenix Coyotes problems? Move them. Keep them. Fold them. Does it really matter?

    Despite their recent playoff run, this team has little history, little tradition, and a weak fan base. If they disappeared tomorrow, would anyone really care?

    Atlanta lost their team and the league barely noticed. The Thrashers went to a much smaller city with a much more supportive fan base. There was virtually zero public out-cry or negative impact on the NHL.

    For some reason, the Phoenix situation never seems to go away. Year-in and year-out, it’s the same thing. The team is losing money. They can’t fill there stadium. They’re at risk of moving.

    The vast majority of non-Coyote fans don’t care how the situation resolves, other than for it to be resolved. Keep your team. Lose your team. Fold your team. Pick one.

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