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Glendale mayor makes a case to let Coyotes go

Oct 21, 2012, 6:30 PM EDT

Elaine Scruggs, Phil Lieberman, Steven Frate AP

The saga surrounding the Phoenix Coyotes continues to plod along.

As things go from being up in the air to the sale being close to completed, the city’s mayor is busy crunching the numbers and one of the scenarios sees the city being better off letting the team go.

Soni Munshi of the Arizona Republic hears from Elaine Scruggs about how they’re exploring different budget scenarios and and one of them sees Glendale not having to make cuts if the team leaves.

“I don’t want to turn off the lights in Glendale,”Scruggs said, suggesting the hockey and concert arena could attract other events that would keep visitors at Westgate City Center, the nearby shopping and restaurant complex.

Munshi’s story shows off four different scenarios, two with the team leaving and two with them going,  so feel free to scope them out.

Of course, other members of the government have differing opinions on what’s best for the financially struggling city.

What Scruggs appears to be worried about is losing other municipal functions in favor of keeping the hockey team. In other words, it’s the same debate that’s raged on since the team went into bankruptcy.

  1. id4joey - Oct 21, 2012 at 6:53 PM

    Let them go. Phoenix is not a hockey town. Yes! I know it’s part of GB’s legacy, and he is trying to save it. But, ultimately the franchise is on support.

    • montrealais - Oct 22, 2012 at 1:58 PM

      Les Nordiques Sont La.

  2. atwatercrushesokoye - Oct 21, 2012 at 6:55 PM

    Did they really need a report to tell them that throwing money away year after year might not be in their best interests?

    • lostpuppysyndrome - Oct 22, 2012 at 9:31 AM

      I don’t know why the PA doesn’t use this albatross against the NHL regarding the league’s “losses.” Think of how much money the NHL could have saved by moving it elsewhere!

      • kitshky - Oct 22, 2012 at 2:44 PM

        In a roundabout way blame the NHL’s “losses” on the pissing match between Bettman and Ballsille? I like it.

      • lostpuppysyndrome - Oct 22, 2012 at 2:48 PM

        Ehhhhhhh I wouldn’t go that far. Balsillie would have been a different set of problems for the league. None of the owners wanted that shyster to be a part of their cadre, and I don’t blame them, no matter if he wanted to spend way above market value for that team.

  3. antkowiak666 - Oct 21, 2012 at 7:14 PM

    you can’t force people to like Hockey….move them NOW!!

  4. manchestermiracle - Oct 21, 2012 at 8:07 PM

    “Munshi’s story shows off four different scenarios, two with the team leaving and two with them going…”

    Leaving and going are the same thing. So is that four stories with them departing and none with them staying?

  5. jimw81 - Oct 21, 2012 at 9:54 PM

    add this failure to the long list of bettman’s accomplishments

  6. jakpsu1 - Oct 21, 2012 at 11:22 PM

    No matter the city, the stability and infrastructure of city are much more important than a sports team. If the Coyotes leaving helps the city of Glendale improve other facilities that are neccessary, or helps improve infrastructure, then by all means they should leave.

  7. blomfeld - Oct 22, 2012 at 12:00 AM

    Would somebody just shoot the damn thing !

    With all due respect to the loyal, yet relatively few Coyotes fans, the fact remains that “few” they are. Gary was wrong for drawing a line in the desert, down there in the land of scorpions and 100 degree temperatures. Of course pride is a difficult obstacle to overcome at times. But sometimes there does come a point when you have to cut your losses and move on … and now would be such a time for Gary and his vision of hockey in the desert. I still remember so vividly when I was down in Tucson a couple of years back on a little golf getaway and I asked my “local” playing partners if they were Coyotes fans ? All three of them just looked at me and smiled back, as if to say … “yeah, you Canadians sure do have a sense of humor”. The sooner Gary let’s this franchise relocate, the sooner he’ll have one of his biggest headaches off his plate.

    ps: don’t be sad you Coyotes fans … you guys are only a six hour drive from LA and you’re “natural” allies with us Kings .. we have a place within in our ranks “ready” for you now ! :)

    • cardsandbluesforever - Oct 22, 2012 at 3:52 AM

      blomfeld made a post without an imbedded video? holy crap, hell is freezing over!

  8. ndnut - Oct 22, 2012 at 12:08 AM

    Criticize desert hockey while being a Kings fan. Anything sound fishy there?
    (this is all in jest but it is funny to think about :) )

    • blomfeld - Oct 22, 2012 at 2:07 AM

      @Ndnut – and like, are you “totally” okay man ? … I mean seriously, it’s like “surf’s up” dude or haven’t you noticed ? … :)

  9. thenewraoulduke - Oct 22, 2012 at 12:29 AM

    Glendale’s lame duck mayor is an idiot. All economic forecasts suggest that Glendale stands to lose more money and more jobs without the Coyotes as an anchor tenant for Arena. There is no way the local business can survive without fans going to Westgate for Coyotes games, something that only people who actually live in Arizona know. It is in the best interests for the city that the team stays, unfortunately the only people who make headlines are dumbasses like Scruggs.

  10. ricepilof - Oct 22, 2012 at 1:25 AM

    blomfeld. we agree again. I lived in Glendale and have been to a few yotes games. cheap ass seats and great bars in westgate. the fans sucked. the games were so boring. I think the number one reason why Arizona fans in general are horrible is because too many people come and go. few people you meet living there are from there. it all comes down to peoples roots and there are few who have grown generations of roots there. now there are some die hard yotes fans who scream during the games but most people could care less about hockey in that area. look at Atlanta. when do you ever hear anyone crying about the loss of the Thrashers over this past year. it would be the same way in regards to the yotes. it would not be like for example like the jets moving or supersonics or browns relocating. people actually made a huge fuss about that for years upon years. people cried. nobody will cry if the yotes leave town.

    • blomfeld - Oct 22, 2012 at 2:25 AM

      @ricepilof – Let it be said that you my friend are an “agent of truth” ! Your experiences there in Glendale are consistent with my own in the area, when Phoenix was a part of my “LA-based” airline sales beat. I recall well, how locals would go on about the fact that Coyote’s home games were nothing more than some big “air conditioned” bar serving cheap beer and a great place to meet chicks. I do have to admit that back in LA, I also can’t forget renting a box suite for 25 of our top customers at a King’s game and these fools were cheering at an “off-side” call ? … they seriously didn’t have a clue ? Anyway, your “bang on” with your analysis. Hockey, like anything else, can only flourish long-term where there’s an “indigenous” interest … or at least the possibility of an indigenous interest taking root. Otherwise, it’s only artificial and it will eventually die on the vine.

      • puckish27 - Oct 22, 2012 at 2:46 PM

        And what, precisely, would be wrong with a big, air conditioned bar with cheap beer, chicks, and NHL HOCKEY??? You make it sound like it’s a bad thing!

      • blomfeld - Oct 22, 2012 at 7:24 PM

        Are you kidding man ? … nothing’s wrong with that at all ! :) But that’s not what I mean. I’m trying to highlight the fact that hockey is not an indigenous game in Arizona and therefore it can never properly take root, there in the desert.

    • dj4aces - Oct 22, 2012 at 3:01 PM

      look at Atlanta. when do you ever hear anyone crying about the loss of the Thrashers over this past year.

      Pray tell, what do you know about Atlanta? There are all sorts of people who are still quite upset at the loss of the team. Atlanta’s fate was set in stone the moment Glendale signed on for another year of paying the NHL to keep the team. There is nothing the residents could do. While many were resigned to the fate of the team, they were (and are still) upset that this team got shipped off.

      It has been said that if you repeat a lie, eventually people start to believe it. That doesn’t mean your statement is true, it just means there are a bunch of gullible people out there. You don’t live here, so I’d say you’re pretty unqualified to make statements about Atlanta.

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