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Daly: Coyotes’ price tag more than $150 million, Glendale a ‘big question mark’

Apr 29, 2013, 7:02 PM EDT

Bill Daly

On Monday, NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly provided the latest on the state of the Phoenix Coyotes.

The short answer? It’s still a work in progress.

The longer answer? It’s still a work in progress…but with a few added details.

First, Daly said the purchase price would be more than $150 million, corroborating an ESPN report from late March that claimed a group led by Canadian financier George Gosbee was looking to buy the team for $170 million.

Daly also confirmed the league was currently in discussions with the Gosbee group — a group that, according to Paul Gilbin of the Arizona Republic, includes three other business executives (Anthony LeBlanc, Avik Dey and Daryl Jones) working under the name Renaissance Sports and Entertainment.

“There’s no doubt we’re dealing with Mr. Gosbee and Mr. LeBlanc and trying to work through and get to a deal with them,” Daly told Sportsnet’s Hockey Central (by way of AZ Central). “But there are other interested people that we’re working with at the same time, as well.

“Nobody has exclusivity here.”

Gilbin reports the Gosbee-LeBlanc group was created for the purpose of buying the Coyotes, and has met “many times” at the Renaissance Phoenix Glendale Hotel & Spa (located next to Arena).

Hence the “Renaissance” name.

All that said, Daly was hesitant to describe the nature of talks or how far long — or far apart — they were in cementing a deal.

Daly said “there are no guarantees” the team would remain in Phoenix, and classified Glendale as a “big question mark.”

“We came very close to selling this team a couple times, and some unforeseen circumstances kept it from happening,” he explained. “That’s why I’m the first person who can’t give any guarantees on any result here.”

  1. canucks30 - Apr 29, 2013 at 7:31 PM

    “The hill we will die on”

  2. wisbadgers - Apr 29, 2013 at 9:16 PM

    Here’s a novel idea.
    Move the team to Phoenix, Scottsdale, or Tempe. Putting the team directly in a city that has an airport or hotel accomodations (besides the 3 in Glendale) might actually, dare I say it, make sense.

    I travel a good 10-15 days a month for my company. When I visit other cities, I go to sporting events. And where are these sporting events. Usually walking distance or minimal driving from my hotel or the airport.

    Here’s reality. NO ONE STAYS IN GLENDALE. No one wants to drive 1.5 – 2 hours (especially with kids) to go see a game (especially during the week). Move the team to a viable market (hopefully in Arizona) and you’ll see a spike in attendance.

    My apologies for bringing common sense to the table but it’s been over 4 years of this crap already!!!

    • scoocha - Apr 30, 2013 at 10:46 AM

      How about just moving the team out of Arizona? Looks like there are suitors available.
      Next thing Coyotes’ fans will ask for is to make sure the team is a winner too.

  3. mclovinhockey - Apr 29, 2013 at 9:38 PM

    Glendale from phx is 10 minutes… Not 2 hours.

    • jernster21 - Apr 29, 2013 at 11:22 PM

      Have you ever driven on the 101, I-10 or I-17? You can’t make it from to downtown in 10 minutes at midnight, much less any other time.

      • greatminnesotasportsmind - Apr 30, 2013 at 12:13 AM

        According to my iPhone Phoenix and Glendale is a 17 minute drive. My iPhone isn’t the end all be all, but 17 minutes is a lot shorter than 1.5 to 2 hours.

        I can’t speak for other teams, but I know teams like Minnesota have season ticket holders as far as an hour away, 3 hours during a snow storm, yet they still show up. With Seattle not likely getting the Sacramento Kings, I’m 110% behind moving the Coyotes to Quebec now and bringing back the Nordiques.

      • jernster21 - Apr 30, 2013 at 12:22 AM

        A pretty small percentage of people live relatively close to Glendale (northwest). I would say the bigger majority of the target market lives further away from Glendale than they do close and again, looking at your phone at 11pm at night is different than rush hour. (google maps says 22-27 minutes depending on the way, without traffic.) The Coyotes played downtown where the Suns play and I guarantee attendance was better then than it is now, and it would have been better if they even put it in Scottsdale; the problem was that the Suns’ building wasn’t built with hockey in mind so it wasn’t ideal long term……until they built in Glendale.

      • pimares - Apr 30, 2013 at 12:36 AM

        So to put in perspective how much over exaggeration is going on here. I live in Tucson about 112 miles southeast of Glendale. It took me on Friday (last home game of the season) 3 hours from my Door to the arena, it would have been faster if the traffic at the 10 and 17 wasn’t so congested so 2.5 to cross the valley is way over exaggerating so its more like 45 to an hour from Chandler (East) to Glendale (West). Its the ownership situation that has kept the casual fan away not the distance. We deserve a stable ownership to at least have a chance.

      • mclovinhockey - Apr 30, 2013 at 11:06 AM

        I used to travel 2 + hours once a week to go to flyers games when i lived at the NJ beach.

        I doubt phx teaffic is half as bad as montreal traffic, so i understand why traffic can play into it, but there are ways around it, public transportation for example.

      • jernster21 - Apr 30, 2013 at 11:22 AM

        So the answer is no. Cool, thanks.

    • wisbadgers - Apr 30, 2013 at 11:32 PM

      I live in Gilbert and after Friday’s finale, it took me 1 1/2 hours to get home. Now, I split season tickets with my brother. I’m not complaining about the drive (and let’s not split hairs on who drives the farthest), but I am saying that I won’t take my kids (it’s called good parenting) to a game during the week when they won’t get home until midnight.
      My point was that the average sports fan will go to the game if the stadium is centrally located, not located in the far west valley of a metropolitan area. My point was that I do go to sporting events when I’m out of town. I was in Denver the other week for work and I went to a Rockies game cause it was convenient and located close to my hotel which was near the airport. I wouldn’t have gone if it was in Colorado Springs.

  4. 2dmo4 - Apr 29, 2013 at 10:27 PM

    Glendale from downtown Phx is not 10min. Maybe the the outskirts. But there is nothing in Glendale. Obviously, a move to downtown Phx would be a better option for all.

  5. hockeyflow33 - Apr 29, 2013 at 11:38 PM

    If I can win one of those giant powerball drawings this team is mine

    • nothanksimdriving123 - Apr 29, 2013 at 11:45 PM

      I’m not waiting. I’m offering them $100 and the promise I’ll move the team to Tahiti. Hey, you’d be surprised at the feverish level of hockey mania in Tahiti. Oh, a few teams will whine about the travel, especially for home and home weekends, but only until they scope out the Tahitian babes. Hey, did you ever see Mutiny on the Bounty?

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