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Greg Jamison is still trying to buy Coyotes

Sep 28, 2012, 7:32 PM EDT

GLENDALE, AZ - APRIL 27: Mike Smith #41 of the Phoenix Coyotes makes his way to the ice for warm-ups prior to facing the Nashville Predators in Game One of the Western Conference Semifinals during the 2012 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Jobing.com Arena on April 27, 2012 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Norm Hall/NHLI via Getty Images) Getty Images

Greg Jamison hasn’t given up on his quest to purchase the Phoenix Coyotes, according to John Shannon, despite the rumors you might have heard.

Glendale’s interim City Manager Horatio Skeete wants the prospective Coyotes buyer to accept a restructured arena payment plan before he can secure the lease needed to purchase the team.

The city has also laid out three budget scenarios involving the team. The Phoenix Coyotes moving was one of them, but none included the city accepting the old arena plan.

This is just the latest in an exhausting string of problems that has led to the Coyotes’ ownership situation being in limbo for years. Jamison reportedly secured the financing necessary to move forward weeks ago, but the issue with Jobing.com Arena’s leasing seems to have complicated the situation.

  1. id4joey - Sep 28, 2012 at 7:44 PM

    Marcel Aubut should buy this team and move it to Quebec city.

  2. jimw81 - Sep 28, 2012 at 7:51 PM

    this is one of the reasons why we aren’t playing hockey right now.

  3. id4joey - Sep 28, 2012 at 9:18 PM

    Not playing hockey right now was planned from the get go, which is why Betty Man Gary kept extending the deadline for Jamison to purchase the team. And, the owners are saving money by not having training camp and per season games. .

  4. tommt - Sep 28, 2012 at 9:50 PM

    I can understand that this whole thing is quite comical to people outside the desert. First off, Arizona sports fans are the absolute worst, and thats a fact! Just ask Kevin Kolb who was same near crucified before throwing the game winning drive in week 1. Living in Peoria, about 10 minutes from the stadiums, and being an avid hockey fan, I’m just sick of the drama. This team is a good team that has one of the nicest stadiums in the league. The problem should fall entirely on Wayne Gretzky’s shoulders because he tried to run this organization into the ground and move them to turn a huge profit. Since the NHL took over they’ve made the playoffs in all seasons except one. And as far as the city is concerned, there’s no way they’ll be able to keep the entertainment district open at Westgate center open without a tenant in that building for 4games a season. I don’t want to see my team move. They can turn a profit and they are legitimate contenders in the West. And with an owner whose willing to make a splash during free agency they’re a real threat.

  5. jakpsu1 - Sep 28, 2012 at 10:04 PM

    Seattle is still angry over the SuperSonics leaving. Move the Coyotes to Seattle, name them the SuperSonics. You avoid having to shift divisions, a natural rival with the Canucks, and the people of Seattle have proved to be some of the most loyal fans.

    • tommt - Sep 28, 2012 at 11:22 PM

      Seattle wont have a stadium for at least 2 years that can support an NHL team. The Key wont support an NHL regulation size rink. But being from Seattle I agree they need a hockey team. I like that the oilers look somewhat interested

      • jimw81 - Sep 28, 2012 at 11:56 PM

        Arena supporting a nhl team can be easily resolve. Seattle is an untapped sports market. Build a team and they would come. They had good attendence before super sonics moved and the support for mariners and seahawks is unreal.

      • ron05342 - Sep 28, 2012 at 11:58 PM

        My azz the Oilers are interested. They are taking a page from the NFL team playbook…point to Los Angeles, and say to the city: if we don’t get a new stadium here, that is where we are going.

        And guess what? They get the new stadium. So will too the Oilers in Edmonton.

      • atwatercrushesokoye - Sep 29, 2012 at 12:02 AM

        The Oilers have absolutely zero chance of moving, Katz is just trying to hold Edmonton hostage right now.

        And as for Seattle being an “untapped sports resource” they’ve got Seahawks, Mariners, Sounders, UW college basketball and football, and possibly an nba team, at best an NHL team would be third in the market but more likely 5th.

    • thenewraoulduke - Sep 29, 2012 at 12:19 PM

      how about you wait for an expansion team instead of trying to steal another city’s team. you would think you would know what that feels like.

  6. manchestermiracle - Sep 29, 2012 at 10:10 AM

    Why would anyone in their right mind want to buy the Coyotes? Oh, never mind, I forgot we’re talking about current/future NHL owners, who would rather destroy their own revenue stream rather than share it fairly with the people who create it.

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