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Appeals Court puts sales-tax initiative back on Glendale’s November ballot

Aug 24, 2012, 7:32 PM EDT


Just weeks after the Phoenix Coyotes’ sale seemingly got back on track, the Arizona Court of Appeals approved Save Glendale Now’s appeal to put a “sales-tax initiative” back on a November ballot.

It had previously been taken off that ballot by Arizona’s Superior Court.

Five for Howling’s Brendan Porter explains why the “sky isn’t falling” for the Phoenix Coyotes sale, though.

The most important thing to take away from today is that the sky is not falling on the Phoenix Coyotes deal. The city of Glendale still has the option of appealing this decision to the Arizona Supreme Court, and given the differing opinions on the meaning of some of SGN’s language, there is a very good chance the Supreme Court will take it up.

It’s also important to note that this does not in anyway change the lease agreement between the City of Glendale and Greg Jamison. The only thing that does potentially change is how Glendale pays for not just the lease, but other essential services. The city has made it clear on numerous occasions that the sales-tax increase is necessary for the city’s finances regardless of what happens at Jobing.Com Arena.

By Porter’s account, it appears that this is just another bump in the road for a process that’s seen many detours.

  1. scionofflame - Aug 24, 2012 at 7:42 PM

    When is this going to end? I’m curious as to how long the ownership deal gets strung out until it either goes through, or falls through. SOMEONE PULL THE TRIGGER ALREADY.

    • greatminnesotasportsmind - Aug 25, 2012 at 2:44 AM

      This drama is great, might be the best hockey all year…

  2. guitarmy204 - Aug 24, 2012 at 7:59 PM

    Five for howling means there are only 5 people who care right? At least that’s what it looked like at pretty much all regular season home games.

  3. phillyphann83 - Aug 24, 2012 at 8:43 PM

    Just move the team already, it inevitable whether it happens this year, next, or in 10 years. its going to happen, there is no way a city like Glendale has sustainable longevity for a professional sports franchise(especially not a winter sport at that).

    • hasekneverretires - Aug 25, 2012 at 12:16 PM

      I’m sure in your east coast bubble, you are more than qualified to speak of the city of Glendale. Do you even know where Glendale is? How can you speak of a city only from the closed minded, Canadain skewed articles that you read?
      Do yourself a favor….speak on what you know. Speak on Philly. I won’t speak on what a piece of garbage Bryzgalov is and will continue to be in the playoffs since he cannot handle any type of pressure. Deal????

      • atwatercrushesokoye - Aug 25, 2012 at 4:12 PM

        You never bothered to refute anything he said, so let me ask you a few questions about the Coyotes since you know them:

        Did they have the lowest attendance in the NHL last year at 12,420 and haven’t they had the lowest attendance year after year in a gate driven league?
        Did they or did they not lose $25 million in 2010-11?
        Haven’t they lost money every single year since they moved to the Phoenix area?
        Wasn’t it the local Arizona Republic newspaper (very Canadian skewed I’m sure) that did a study finding that even if the Coyotes went to the Stanley Cup finals every year for 20 years and the arena hosted 30 sold out concerts every year for those 20 years that the city of Glendale could still expect to lose $9 million annually?

        Please tell me which of those is wrong and why keeping the Coyotes in the Phoenix area is a good idea.

  4. ron05342 - Aug 25, 2012 at 2:07 AM

    Actually, this whole sales tax initiative has very little to do with the Phoenix Coyotes.

    It appears that if the city of Glendale doesn’t get the sales tax hike, they won’t be able to pay for essential services, including police, fire, and other critical city services, as well as administrative services.

    The Coyotes have to be an afterthought when it comes to Glendale’s financial concerns.

  5. mclovinhockey - Aug 25, 2012 at 1:02 PM

    @hasek…. Why? He is right. The yotes do not have a BIG enough fan base, they do have a decent amount of die hards but overall very few people care about the coyotes. If the people of PHX did not have to travel outside of their own city to see this team maybe they would have a better attendance, but if the flyers arena was in NJ they would still sell out every game. The coyotes need to be moved for the NHL, sorry but it’s true, some minor league teams sell more tickets then them.

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