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Glendale City Council to vote on contract to hire arena consultant

Mar 23, 2013, 1:45 PM EDT

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According to Mike Sunnucks of the Phoenix Business Journal, the City of Glendale is looking into a new way to figure out what to do about finding a new owner and/or someone to run Jobing.com Arena.

The Glendale City Council will vote whether or not to offer a contract to Beacon Sports Capital Partners LLC worth $25,000 and another $400 an hour for them to advise the city on how to proceed in finding a new owner for the Coyotes. According to city documents the total cost of the contract is worth $100,000.

All told, if that kind of investment can unearth an owner and someone to operate the arena, it’s worth the money. If it fails, it’s just more money the city is throwing down a hole in hopes of keeping the team.

The city was ready to pay former Sharks vice president Greg Jamison $300 million to take over the team and operate the arena, but he failed to buy the team by the January 31 deadline despite working hard to find others to invest in the team. The Coyotes have been without an owner since 2009.

  1. esracerx46 - Mar 23, 2013 at 2:01 PM

    This is really really getting old. If you cant find anybody to buy an NHL franchise something is seriously wrong. If I were the NHL/ Gary Bettman, I’d seriously consider asking the 29 owners if they’d consider waiving the relocation fees. Since, those 29 owners are the ones that are floating the Coyotes. Have to do something that makes that franchise more appealing. Doing the same thing and expecting different results is insanity. And by not doing anything, thats essentially what Bettman has done.

    • lovac2 - Mar 23, 2013 at 3:08 PM

      Why waive relocation fees? What does relocation fee have to do with team staying in phoenix? There would be people lining up to buy the team if NHL wanted to move it and would gladly pay the relocation fee. The problem is the NHL not willing to move the team. It has nothing to do with relocation fee.

      • esracerx46 - Mar 23, 2013 at 3:58 PM

        The NHL doesnt want to move it because the NHL currently own the Coyotes. If the NHL were to move the team thats an expense they dont need. Im sure the NHL said the same things about Atlanta both times the Atlanta franchises moved. They are about making money they dont really care where franchises are located based on geography. Phoenix/ Glendale dont have the demographics to support a team. Theyve proven that for 15 years. Its such a poor market they cant give it away, which is what glendale tried to do and still nobody wanted it. You have to do something to market that franchise better because whatever they have done has failed miserably

      • mikebel11 - Mar 23, 2013 at 4:35 PM

        None of that explained why you would want to waive relocation fees. Multiple people have expressed interest in buying the team and relocating it with the relocation fees. The NHL wants to keep it in Phoenix. Waiving relocation fees will not keep the team in Phoenix.

      • greatminnesotasportsmind - Mar 23, 2013 at 4:44 PM

        The owners have zero interest in waving any relocation fee. Even if they do own the team. Somebody will buy them eventually. The 29 owners keeping the Coyotes afloat are the ones who are getting paid should they be relocated. That’s why the Coyotes will not be moving until an owner is found, said owner attempts to work out a deal with Glendale.

  2. canucks30 - Mar 23, 2013 at 4:52 PM

    Everyone chill, Bettman’s got this.

  3. mclovinhockey - Mar 23, 2013 at 5:10 PM

    When I first read the comment I thought he was going to say have one of the 29 owners buy this team as well.

  4. blomfeld - Mar 24, 2013 at 1:04 AM

    YES FRIENDS …

    the land of “scorpions & 100 degree temperatures” does indeed equal hockey ! … “good times” man, so let’s keep the BS going eh ! :)

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