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“Glendale is not your cash register,” new mayor tells Coyotes

Nov 7, 2012, 12:33 PM EDT Arena

First the good news for Phoenix Coyotes fans:

Yesterday, a solid majority of Glendale residents voted to reject a ballot measure that would undo a city sales-tax hike.

The result was significant for the struggling NHL franchise as the proceeds from the tax hike were intended to fund part of the proposed arena management deal with prospective Coyotes owner Greg Jamison. If the tax hike had been voted down, it might’ve killed the purchase.

So that was the good news. Here’s the bad:

Another roadblock to keeping the Coyotes in Glendale may have emerged with the election of new mayor Jerry Weiers.

Weiers is a Republican that stood against both the lease agreement and tax hike.

Yesterday, he sent a strong message to the Coyotes: “Glendale is not your cash register.”

In July, Weiers wrote a letter to Jamison requesting the former Sharks executive prove he has the resources to buy the team.

“The time for guessing is over,” wrote Weiers. “The time for truth is now. With respect Mr. Jamison, you either have the means and the resources to live up to your promises or you don’t. While I disagree with the lease agreement and the tax hikes, I think those who voted for those controversial measures deserve some straight answers. More importantly, I think the residents of Glendale deserve some straight answers. The sales tax hike is days away from going into effect to bankroll the lease agreement. You have an obligation to let the taxpayers know if you are able to live up to your end of the bargain and keep the Coyotes in our city. If not, you should step out of the way and allow our city to begin a search for an alternative.”

According to Five For Howling, Jamison will travel to Glendale this week in an attempt to finalize the lease agreement.

  1. ballistictrajectory - Nov 7, 2012 at 1:28 PM

    …allow our city to begin a search for an alternative…

    Like that’s going to happen. Glendale has made it clear they do not want a hockey franchise in their city. If they did this would have been done some time ago.

    Maybe they (the city council and mayor’s office) can get some pointers on how to woo NHL teams from Nassau County in NY.

    • elvispocomo - Nov 7, 2012 at 2:13 PM

      That’s part of the reasoning I don’t understand. For an arena that size you have to have a major tenant. Since the Suns already have an arena, and football/baseball won’t work, you’re left with trying to keep the hockey team you already have or filling it year-round with conventions and concerts. If the latter works better for the city of Glendale than the lease agreement with the Coyotes, then good for them. If not, then why did they build it in the first place?

      • blomfeld - Nov 7, 2012 at 3:29 PM

        “filling it year-round with conventions and concerts” ?

        Not a bad idea ! Perhaps they could try reaching out to Celine Dion to see if she might consider doing a “nightly” gig there for the next 4-5 years eh ? In all seriousness, I bet you anything that a resolution to this Phoenix conundrum is going to be the next big thing up on the docket, once the CBA business is resolved. And I believe that will involve “relocation” post haste.

      • elvispocomo - Nov 7, 2012 at 3:56 PM

        And whose docket is that? The NHLPA’s when they want to review how revenue sharing is doled out and why the NHL continues to prop up failing teams?

        I don’t think the NHL has any serious plans to move Phoenix since they’ve shut it down at every turn so far. I think they’ll only even begin to consider it if the Jamieson deal finally falls through after all this time. Even then if they have a new CBA in place, they don’t have much forcing their hand to make the NHL look more profitable.

      • blomfeld - Nov 7, 2012 at 5:47 PM

        There’s only “one” docket Elvis and that’s Bettman’s. Maybe not a nice thing, but that’s the way it is regardless. Whatever clout the players had will be completely erased once this new CBA is signed. As for Jamison, that’s a complete crock. His supposed “interest” in buying the team is nothing more than a smoke screen to cover up this “eye sore” until the CBA business is completed. Once that’s done however, I believe that Bettman will finally acknowledge that it’s time to move this franchise … and I believe that he’ll do so quickly.

      • elvispocomo - Nov 8, 2012 at 2:22 PM

        I don’t see it. If that was the case, then why not sell to Balsille? He wanted to move them and he was blocked from buying the team.

        It absolutely makes sense that the team should be moved, but I just haven’t heard a reason yet as to why the NHL would change their tune when they’ve been singing the same song for years now.

  2. pastabelly - Nov 7, 2012 at 3:50 PM

    This is just one more market the NHL should not be in. Teams in marginal hockey markets are a major problem with the league.

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