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Glendale formally rejects referendum petition for Coyotes deal

Jul 16, 2012, 5:51 PM EDT

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According to the Arizona Republic, the city of Glendale has formally rejected the petition seeking a referendum on the Phoenix Coyotes lease agreement deal.

More, from the Republic:

The two residents spearheading the referendum had submitted signatures last Thursday, which city officials said was three days past the deadline.

They turned in about 1,568 signatures, but the city has said 1,862 signatures is the minimum number required.

The residents — Ken Jones and Joe Cobb — spent three weeks collecting signatures in the hopes of giving voters the chance to overturn Glendale’s $324 million lease agreement with the Coyotes.

City Council had approved the deal last month, but Jones and Cobb had been seeking to get a referendum put on the November ballot.

Long story short, this is good news for Coyotes fans. As Forrest Gump said, “One less thing.”

Related: Anti-Coyotes organizers submit signatures, Glendale shrugs

  1. ucaneverscorenoughgoals - Jul 16, 2012 at 6:25 PM

    While this is great news for every team like mine who is trying to sign Shane Doan, I feel for the Coyotes fans that love hockey.

    While every city isn’t the best fit for hockey, hockey fans are the best fans in every city.

  2. mrpigs - Jul 16, 2012 at 6:35 PM

    Well said

  3. mclovinhockey - Jul 16, 2012 at 6:58 PM

    Actually this would be bad news if you want Doan. The article talks of the two who wanted the coyotes out being overturn. The coyotes are closer to staying…. I may be wrong but its what I got from the article.

    • geezgtfo - Jul 16, 2012 at 7:13 PM

      im pretty sure you’re correct. The next problem for PHX and Doan is whether or not they can afford a multi year contract. Then, will the Coyotes still be in PHX in 2 or 3 years. Can they meet the cap floor this year?

    • ucaneverscorenoughgoals - Jul 16, 2012 at 7:28 PM

      You are correct sir, my apologies. Tha’s what happens when I skim articles…lol

      • elvispocomo - Jul 16, 2012 at 7:49 PM

        For shame!

        But yes, it feels like one of those can-we-just-get-this-over-with situations that will never really work out without drastic changes.

  4. proudliberal85392 - Jul 16, 2012 at 11:30 PM

    Hey, mclovinhockey, you’re not wrong. This means the Yotes are closer to staying.

    Let’s get this done is right. Now you get how those of us here feel.

  5. proudliberal85392 - Jul 16, 2012 at 11:31 PM

    “While every city isn’t the best fit for hockey, hockey fans are the best fans in every city.” Absolutely correct.

  6. theawesomersfranchise - Jul 17, 2012 at 2:54 AM

    How many other cities would actually get 1500 people to sign a petition to get rid of their NHL team?

    • comeonnowguys - Jul 17, 2012 at 10:12 AM

      Flyer fans with “vacation homes” in Pittsburgh?

    • lonespeed - Jul 17, 2012 at 2:59 PM

      After a playoff run to the conference championship…

  7. mamsy2000 - Jul 17, 2012 at 3:29 PM

    As a Winnipegger who just bought a condo in Glendale….yay!

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