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NHL, Glendale extend arena deal 31 days

Jul 31, 2012, 12:12 PM EDT

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The arena management deal between the NHL and City of Glendale that was set to expire today has been extended another 31 days, reports Sportsnet’s John Shannon.

Glendale city council will meet this afternoon to discuss the ongoing Phoenix Coyotes situation, according to Lisa Halverstadt of the Arizona Republic.

It’s been reported that prospective Coyotes owner Greg Jamison is $20 million short of the money needed to buy the franchise from the league. However, the extension of the arena-management deal suggests there’s still hope Jamison will be able to close on the purchase.

Yesterday, a judge’s ruling allowed a sales-tax increase to go into effect, with proceeds expected to go towards funding an arena-management deal with Jamison. It’s possible the ruling could help eclipse the $20 million shortfall in investor funds.

Also a good sign for Coyotes fans is the fact captain Shane Doan has yet to sign a contract with another team.

Doan, who wants to remain in the desert if the team is guaranteed to stay put, spoke with Jamison Saturday for an update on the bid.

  1. tmoore4075 - Jul 31, 2012 at 12:25 PM

    Good news? No. Good news would be the deal is done. How many deadlines have come and gone since this thing started? It’s not bad news but I sure wouldn’t be getting my hopes because of this. The one year of $25mil to cover losses happened what 3 times? This just strings along Coyotes fans. Maybe eventually it will end.

  2. theawesomersfranchise - Jul 31, 2012 at 12:31 PM

    The NHL and future Yote owners (and eventually sellers) can keep doing this until 2015, by then the Quebecor Arena will be completed and ready for an NHL team. So stay losing money in the desert, find some sucker who will buy the team and be ready to sell again in 3 years. Because a NHL team WILL be back in QC when that stadium is complete. And have an ownership that is worth nearly 10 billion rather than these groups struggling to come up with 20 million.

    • atwatercrushesokoye - Jul 31, 2012 at 4:02 PM

      And don’t forget a sports channel that’s ready to be completely dedicated to the new Nordiques.

    • beinian62 - Aug 1, 2012 at 11:53 AM

      Hockey in the desert just never catches on .I mean i feel sorry for the few thousand Yotes fans .
      But really time to lay this beaten horse to rest pumping money in to a town that either has little or no interest in hockey is pathetic.Good club the few thousand faithful fans in Phoenix will miss them but unless you can increase season ticket sales by say 5 times their current level and be consistent then it’s time to get out of dodge for the Coyotes IMO.

  3. lonespeed - Jul 31, 2012 at 12:39 PM

    Someone skate over to Shane Doan, bump him and say “Get your agent working. You need to get out of Phoenix.”

    • theawesomersfranchise - Jul 31, 2012 at 12:46 PM

      I see what you did there
      Very nice

    • davebabychreturns - Jul 31, 2012 at 1:17 PM

      I disagree with the comparison. A market like Phoenix deserves a franchise like the Blue Jackets and a market like Columbus deserves a franchise like the Coyotes.

      If they could just trade places we’d have another well-run NHL team in a thriving market and whatever the hell is going on in Phoenix would be circling the toilet bowl of NHL franchises, either to finally relocate or just force the NHL to contract and be done with it.

      Like someone else said the last time this came up: Sorry, (not enough) Phoenix fans.

  4. t16rich - Jul 31, 2012 at 12:57 PM

    Does anybody actually believe Phoenix will last in the long run? Unless Shane Doan has $20 million to give to Mr. Jamison, I don’t see how Phoenix makes anything worth while happen this off season. I think they will float around with uncertainty for 2 or 3 more seasons, but the move will happen eventually. Sorry to the Yotes fans, but it is time to really grow the game and move on.

  5. scionofflame - Jul 31, 2012 at 1:01 PM

    I don’t believe Phoenix will last in the long run. I really don’t. This seems like a stopgap owner solution that won’t extend long enough…and I don’t think the owners will spend the money to keep Phoenix competitive, at the very least.

    Once there’s an arena finished that could support them (Quebec City or Seattle, for example), I think they’ll be moved or folded at that point. I’m sorry, Phoenix fans…but unless a serious and big time investor steps forward, I don’t know that you’re going to keep your team. : /

    • desertfan - Jul 31, 2012 at 1:19 PM

      Seattle and Quebec both have Arenas NOW that could be stopgap solutions for the two building years so obviously that is not a Bettman thought??

      • hockeydon10 - Jul 31, 2012 at 3:23 PM

        No, it’s not a Bettman thought.

        If they move, Jim Balsillie was right and Bettman was wrong. That cannot be allowed.

  6. dkphilly1122 - Jul 31, 2012 at 2:04 PM

    Did someone say Columbus is a thriving market, or would be with the Coyotes there?? Are you high or just blind?? Even with the Flyers or a big market good team in Columbus it would still be a horrible market for Hockey. This whole ownership thing in Phoenix is just dragging out Doan’s decision of signing with another team. It’s been deadline after deadline. Just give it up so Doan can move on to a Contender and not have to keep waiting to see if Phoenix still has a team and all. It’s just annoying now that it keeps dragging on and on. It’s as bad as someone saying Columbus has a thriving market.

    • hockeydon10 - Jul 31, 2012 at 3:21 PM

      As soon as Doan leaves, I can see the amount Jamison is short increasing as investors reevaluate their investment.

    • kicksave1980 - Jul 31, 2012 at 3:23 PM

      Have you ever been to a game in Columbus, or are you just parroting what you’ve heard? Let me say that I’m NOT a Blue Jackets fan. I’ve been to a lot of games in Columbus, and I think it’s underrated in a lot of ways. Very nice arena in a great location. As for attendance numbers, can you blame the fans who have slowly stopped coming? One playoff appearance in team history will do that to any fan base.

      I had Blackhawks season tickets from 1998-2004 when I moved away. Look up their record during that time span. I knew everyone in my section on a first name basis, because there were probably 10 of us. I’m a Blackhawks fan to the bone, and I have the tattoo to prove it. It kills me when people talk about how great of a hockey market Chicago is…it isn’t. As soon as the Hawks start losing, or as soon as one of the “core” is moved, fans will stop coming, just like they did in the mid-90’s. The United Center when the Hawks were bad makes Nationwide Arena in Columbus look like a sold out Rolling Stones concert.

      The Blue Jackets do have fans…I’ve seen and met them. They’re dying for a reason to start going to games again. While I can’t back fair-weather fans, all markets have them. Can you blame someone for not wanting to shell out $30-100 per game on that organization as it is currently? From your username, I’m assuming you’re a Flyers fan. Let them finish dead last for a decade, with an inept front office and a roster of 3rd liners…see how thriving that market would look.

      • hockeydon10 - Jul 31, 2012 at 3:25 PM

        I’ve gotten the impression in the past that the problem with Columbus is not fan support or a bad arena or one playoff appearance. The problem can be summed up in one word; Howson.

      • comeonnowguys - Aug 1, 2012 at 11:35 AM

        It wasn’t just that the Hawks were bad. The breakup of 90s team just told many fans that Dollar Bill would never again put a serious emphasis on winning, and I believe he made good on that.

        Sure they were getting better, but it’s no surprise that the excitement started ramping up once WW died and it became clear his son was both reaching out to spurned fans and bringing the team into the 21st century, were we could enjoy trivial things like, say, broadcasting a majority of their games on TV.

        Anyway, I’m digressing, and I actually agree that they need to try to keep the Jackets in Columbus. But Phoenix? I’m still not convinced.

  7. dayno66 - Jul 31, 2012 at 2:17 PM

    I’m pretty the NHL would have let the yotes move years ago if it wasn’t for all this Goldwater nonsense.

    • hockeydon10 - Jul 31, 2012 at 3:20 PM

      Um, what?

      The “Goldwater nonsense” as you put it is to stop politicians from giving away public funds to whoever purchases the Yotes, as that is against the law in Arizona. And I can’t really fault them.

      Why should the public give their money to some gazillionaire in order to let the gazillionaire own the local sports team? If it’s the public’s money, just let the public own the team and reap the benefits. To many of these recent deals to purchase the Yotes read that as soon as the owner risks losing money the taxpayer forks over funds to the owner to cover the loss.

  8. hockeydon10 - Jul 31, 2012 at 3:13 PM

    Wasn’t there some dude that was willing to overpay for the Yotes a few years ago? I know he planned to move them somewhere the team could make money instead of $-25M every year. Oh, that’s right, his name was Baldsillie or some such.

  9. bloatedjoxx - Jul 31, 2012 at 3:42 PM

    this is a lame ass story. we need more chub to talk about! STAY BEEFY

  10. mclovinhockey - Jul 31, 2012 at 4:01 PM

    Give Don Cherry the job in clb… It would be an improvement over Howson.

    Cherry: hey LA, I will trade you 3 first rounders for that Richardson guy.
    LA: Deal
    Cherry: good ol Mike Richardson, for a few picks I get a former flyers captain
    MacLean: you mean Mike Richards?
    Cherry: right… So who did I just get for 3 picks then?

  11. proudliberal85392 - Jul 31, 2012 at 6:59 PM

    I’m a Coyotes season ticket holder who’s sick of the whole mess. I honestly don’t care if they stay or go at this point. 3+ years of this baloney is enough!

  12. dogsitterarizona - Jul 31, 2012 at 8:54 PM

    Dear Commissioner Daly;

    While my friends and I are avid fans of the Phoenix Coyotes, and would like them to stay, we now agree this train wreck of a team has to leave Arizona and find a new home elsewhere.

    This has been 3 years of a roller coaster ride, with no end in sight any time soon. As fans we are tired, tired, tired of all the BS. All the suing, and then Jamison has the money, and now he doesn’t have the money. If you desperately want to keep the Coyotes here, as you so often state in the Press, then drop the price $20 million so Jamison has got his money, and get on with it. Otherwise, as the old adage goes, “either s–t or get off the pot.

    This has got to end.

    Any future or potential fans you might have drawn in with a terrific season the Coyotes had, you are furthering alienation by allowing this travesty to continue on.

    Either help Jamison by dropping $20 million off the price tag, or remove the team. We are fed up here in Arizona and want an end to this agonizing problem, and pronto.

    • hasekneverretires - Jul 31, 2012 at 9:57 PM

      Avid fans of the Phoenix Coyotes, huh?

      Then why is your IP Address based out of Quebec?

      Hmmm…. Another Canadian trying to mask loyalty for his country just so that they can talk sh** about an American team.
      Get over it already!!!!

      • dogsitterarizona - Aug 1, 2012 at 12:56 AM

        You sure have a boooooring life if you have to check IP addresses. And I DO NOT live in Quebec, I actually live in Arizona. IMAGINE THAT!

  13. proudliberal85392 - Jul 31, 2012 at 10:54 PM

    Quebec? I don’t think so, genius.

  14. CitizenErwin - Jul 31, 2012 at 11:34 PM

    Yawn, as the world turns in Glendale. Article could be one sentence. “Still nothing has changed with the Phoenix Coyotes ownership saga in the past 3 years.”

    Yawn, old man Coyotes is still sleeping……..

  15. proudliberal85392 - Jul 31, 2012 at 11:48 PM

    CitizenErwin: Exactly…and I’m ready to get off this carousel. It’s ridiculous…and I’m a season ticket holder.

  16. proudliberal85392 - Jul 31, 2012 at 11:49 PM

    hasekneverretires, tell me you’re not checking IP addresses. If you are, dude, you need to get out more often.

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