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Report: Coyotes ownership uncertainty could extend into July

Jun 10, 2013, 5:44 PM EDT

We know you’ve all been dying for another Phoenix Coyotes ownership update, so here’s the latest from Fox Sports Arizona:

While sources maintain that the NHL is pressuring Renaissance Sports and Entertainment to strike a deal this week (at least in principle) with the City of Glendale on a lease agreement for Arena, Glendale councilmember Gary Sherwood received mitigating information over the weekend.

Sherwood spoke to NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly on Sunday, and Daly assured him that there is “no deadline, per se.” Daly told Sherwood that if the city and RSE appear to be headed toward an agreement, the NHL would be amenable to the Glendale City Council voting on it in July rather than on June 25, when the council next convenes.

There’s more in the report, including word that “Seattle is one of several cities in consideration” should the NHL end up relocating the Coyotes.


  1. missthemexpos - Jun 10, 2013 at 5:52 PM

    Well knock me over with a feather.

    • axisofweasels - Jun 11, 2013 at 10:25 AM

      shocking, isn’t it

  2. adambballn - Jun 10, 2013 at 6:27 PM

    Just move them to Seattle and get it over with…

  3. ndnut - Jun 10, 2013 at 6:31 PM

    Is there ice where the Suns play? Maybe that would be a better alternative than this CF in Glendale.

    • jernster21 - Jun 10, 2013 at 7:43 PM

      That’s where they used to play prior to Arena being built. With that said – they never made money when they played there either, and it was downtown (admittedly, back then, downtown Phoenix was awful and a lot of work has been done to it since). Not sure an improved downtown night life would save them even now.

  4. bcsteele - Jun 10, 2013 at 6:46 PM

    I want to show you something….its my shocked face…

  5. delusionalcardsfan - Jun 10, 2013 at 6:47 PM

    They used to share US Airways (AM West Arena) before they made the foolish nice to Glendale. The previous ownership (Coleangelo) was not too keen on the Yotes sharing the building because if the wear and tear. That pretty much killed hockey in Phoenix. The new arena basically cut off Scottsdale and the entire east valley fan base as well because of the traffic. it can take an hour and a half to get to Glendale from Chandler during rush hour. It makes season tickets unrealistic.

    • sporkov - Jun 10, 2013 at 11:40 PM

      I am sorry, it does not take 1.5 hours to get to the arena from Chandler. From downtown to the arena even in the worst rush hour is only 45 minutes. And going against traffic to get to downtown from Chandler does not take 45 minutes, it takes maybe 30. So, you are looking at just over an hour, normally and 1:15 on bad days.

      • yotesfan61 - Jun 11, 2013 at 11:48 AM

        It takes me about 45 minutes to 1 hour to get from Elliot and the I-10 to the 101 and Olive (2 miles from arena, where I live). This is my daily drive monday through friday and I usually leave around 3:30-4 pm. So yes, from chandler it will be 1 hour to 1:15.

    • angelgreg - Jun 12, 2013 at 11:01 PM

      US Airways arena had a small playing surface for hockey. The NHL wanted them to move to an NHL sized arena

  6. nothanksimdriving123 - Jun 10, 2013 at 7:03 PM

    Um, July of what year? This year? Seriously?

  7. gambleonsports - Jun 10, 2013 at 7:49 PM

    Bring a team to Saskatoon. Our economy is bonkers and our arena is larger than Winnipeg’s. Season tickets would sell out just as fast as the Jets.

  8. tmoore4075 - Jun 11, 2013 at 8:32 AM

    If they wait till July I can’t see them moving so my guess is it won’t last that long. Either it gets done soon or they move IMO. If you wait until July and the deal doesn’t get done they probably are stuck there and who’s gonna pay for it? NHL has said they wouldn’t fund them next year and the city said the same. Quebec makes the most sense in terms of “being ready.” They will have an arena in a couple years. Seattle’s last deal was they needed an NBA team to get the arena funded and that didn’t happen. Seattle makes sense in terms of the new realignment but if they can’t get an arena I can’t see Bettman wanting to go there.

  9. axisofweasels - Jun 11, 2013 at 10:25 AM

    is seattle still a viable destination? i thought the new arena was contingent on getting both an NBA and NHL team, and the sacramento kings arent going anywhere anymore.

  10. sunk500 - Jun 11, 2013 at 10:36 AM

    Chris Hansen, who attempted to lure the Kings away from Sac-town to Seattle, recently shot down the rumor that the arena in Seattle can only be built if we get a basketball team. He clarified that the MOU with the city is not contingent on an NBA team, but he would not be involve in the process of trying to get an NHL team.

    He basically explained, that if an ownership group and the NHL were willing to take the [financial] “risk”, then the building could be possible.

    This pretty much means its not impossible Seattle, could get a team but there are risks and the chances are not great, especially if you compare vs Quebec who are currently already building an arena and in an established Hockey market.

  11. Anoesis - Jun 11, 2013 at 12:05 PM

    This situation reminds of the neighbor who put his dead dog in his trash can on a Saturday. Pickup isn’t until Friday and the whole neighborhood has to smell that poor dog for a week. Why couldn’t he just dig a hole in his backyard and give that poor mutt a decent burial? Okay, substitute Yotes for dog and NHL for neighbor. Same stench.

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