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Not giving up: Coyotes lease opponents start referendum drive

Nov 30, 2012, 3:05 PM EDT Arena

Opponents of the recently approved lease between the Phoenix Coyotes and the City of Glendale are seeking a referendum on the issue.

The effort is considered a longshot to succeed, as organizers will reportedly have to collect almost 7,000 signatures by Dec. 27 to put it to a vote.

Earlier this week, incoming Glendale mayor Jerry Weiers said he was disappointed the 20-year, $320 million agreement was approved by city council, but he’ll make the best of the situation when he takes office next year.

Prospective Coyotes owner Greg Jamison is hoping to close on the purchase within the next 30-60 days. However, should he be successful, it’s possible a lawsuit could be filed by opponents claiming the deal violates state laws that prohibit governments from subsidizing businesses.

  1. valoisvipers - Nov 30, 2012 at 3:21 PM

    Wow This just keeps getting messier everyday. Hard to believe Doan signed up with the Yotes again considering their situation.

  2. zetaone - Nov 30, 2012 at 3:55 PM

    If I were a wealthy hockey fan in say Quebec City or some other bloodthirsty hockey city, I’d fly down here to AZ and organize people to get signatures :-/

    • zetaone - Nov 30, 2012 at 4:01 PM

      That or just share the US Airways Arena with the Phoenix Suns… I mean… I know it’s crazy.. hockey and basketball teams playing in the same arena. Surely that has never been done before in other cities.


      • wisbadgers - Dec 1, 2012 at 1:23 AM

        They used to share the America West/US Airways Arena with the Suns.
        And for the record, that arena sucked for hockey. Tons of obstructed view seats and the acoustics were sh***y at best.
        If you want to blame anyone, blame Scottsdale and its city gov’t for screwing the deal at the 11th hour 10 years ago.

  3. avsfan37919 - Nov 30, 2012 at 4:00 PM

    I went to my first hockey game in Glendale so for this team to move would be pretty bad to me.

  4. Eberwizzle - Nov 30, 2012 at 4:55 PM

    Kick Florida, Tampa Bay, Carolina, Phoenix, Columbus, NY Islanders all out of league please!!!!

    • zetaone - Nov 30, 2012 at 6:21 PM

      Tampa fans are quite loyal. Same goes for The Hurricanes; Caniacs anyone? Florida has a cult following (similar to Phoenix) that will probably increase because of how much they improved the past few seasons. I don’t know enough about Columbus or NYI to form an opinion, but I’m sure there are enough fans in the area to support the teams. Especially since the Islanders are moving to Brooklyn.

      • ron05342 - Nov 30, 2012 at 6:25 PM

        That doesn’t matter to morons like eberwizzle…all that matters to him/her is to make an azz out of themselves touting the same old tired line about sunbelt teams…and trying to mask it by throwing in the BJs and the Islanders at the same time.

      • atwatercrushesokoye - Nov 30, 2012 at 8:25 PM

        Great they’ve each got 13,000 loyal fans, but they’re amongst the worst in the league in attendance (in a league where profits are driven by gate revenue!) and they all lose more than $10 million each per year. With the exception of Columbus all of those teams have more than 15+ years in their current cities and still they have no real traction….why would they keep them there?

        The fact that two of the teams have won Stanley Cups in the last 8 years and they still have such a small fan base is even more alarming!

        As far as the “Caneiacs” are concerned, they put that team in the wrong North Carolina city! The team should have been placed in Charlotte where there’s quite a few Canadians (living there not just visiting) and its a fairly young and hip city and the Checkers have been doing quite well. Instead they put the hockey team in the middle of basketball country where there’s 2 of the most storied college basketball programs of all time and 2 other colleges who have had pretty good teams over the years.

      • Eberwizzle - Dec 2, 2012 at 12:42 PM

        Yep…lowest in attendance for 10 years. Their fan following is quite loyal

    • ron05342 - Nov 30, 2012 at 6:22 PM

      Hey moron, two of those teams have won Stanley Cup championships in the past eight years.

      • badintent - Nov 30, 2012 at 7:12 PM

        Yes those are just FACTS. and Eberwizzle is still mad that Quebec Nordiques left town and went to Denver and THEN won a Stanely Cup ! All about the Karma. and the Bloc separatists getting Western Canadian’s Federal tax $$ for 12 years under Chertian’s serfdom rule. His little Cabinet member, Jane Stewart:’I didn’t know my department was missing a $1 billion dollars, I thought it was all right here…under the rug. You mean it went to the Bloc so they wouldn’t have more riots in Montreal ? Pray tell “

      • Eberwizzle - Dec 2, 2012 at 12:43 PM

        They won Stanley Cups and still are lowest in attendance? Yep, keep them around for a few more years

    • wisbadgers - Dec 1, 2012 at 1:24 AM

      Get rid of the Avalanche!!!!

  5. delusionalcardsfan - Nov 30, 2012 at 7:58 PM

    The Yotes shared US airways center for years before the stadium in Glendale was built. I worked at Margaritaville across from and I can say that when the economy took a crap, so did the whole Westgate project. They just opened an 80 store outlet mall across from the arena and the restaurant an entertainment venues are filling up again. Although we have our die hards, many Phoenix sports fans in general are very “what’s new and exciting” and “what have you done for me lately” fair weather fans. However, with the economy stabilizing, more regular fans are getting in a position that allows them to get to the arena more, the Yotes have an opportunity to have full stands and some support from the city as well. If they would hurry up and start playing again!

    • zetaone - Nov 30, 2012 at 8:31 PM

      I loved Westgate the couple times I’ve been there. Lot’s of “theme” restaurants and shops. It’s a well built touristy location. I just wish for the team and city of Phoenix, that they had built it downtown and not in Glendale. I would go to more games, and the city would grow faster than it is now. But, as with everything sadly, it’s about the money.

      • zetaone - Nov 30, 2012 at 8:32 PM

        Rather than in the middle of no where in Glendale.

  6. baseballbarrister - Nov 30, 2012 at 10:02 PM

    I’ve never understood why the NHL is so focused on keeping the team in PHX, but totally turned its back on Atlanta.

  7. barroomhero80 - Dec 1, 2012 at 3:45 PM

    Who cares

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