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Coyotes ownership update: Glendale council members to force July 2 vote

Jun 26, 2013, 4:51 PM EDT

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Yesterday, Glendale spokeswoman Julie Frisoni suggested the city may be unable to vote on an arena-management agreement with the prospective owners of the Coyotes, Renaissance Sports & Entertainment, by the all-important date of July 2. (Important, because it could serve as the deadline for the NHL before it relocates the team.)

That was yesterday. Now, here’s today’s news: according to Craig Morgan of Fox Sports Arizona, a July 2 vote on the deal — the details of which should be released shortly — will be forced by council member Gary Sherwood and Vice Mayor Yvonne Knaack.

Of course, even if that’s the case, how the council votes remains to be seen.

Writes Morgan:

Given the rampant and rapid twists and turns this story has taken over the past four years, no one can say. Opponents of this deal still want more guarantees on revenue that RSE will not give, reasoning that both sides should assume some risk in a business deal, and that Glendale bears some burden because it chose to build the arena.

This much, however, can be safely predicted: There will be more behind-the-scenes shenanigans, more political plays, more alliances being leveraged, more cronyism on display.

Morgan has much more on the story. (For all the work he’s done chronicling recent events, it’s only fair you click on the link and read it there.)

Of note, the NHL Board of Governors is set to convene tomorrow in New York.

How the league views the current situation isn’t clear, but prior to the Stanley Cup Final, deputy commissioner Bill Daly implied that further delays by Glendale on the arena-management issue could force the league’s hand.

“No decision could be a decision” is how Daly put it.

  1. sunk500 - Jun 26, 2013 at 4:55 PM

    Please pull the plug on this Glendale!

    • soldierone - Jun 26, 2013 at 7:33 PM

      Why, so Westgate can crumble and all the business’ move out and we have even less jobs here?

    • rsmaggiemae - Jun 26, 2013 at 8:06 PM

      Just get this move over with!!!! Has gone on too long …… not enough fans to support the team on a nightly basis, only when they make the playoffs

      Move to Quebec where hockey belongs in the cold, where you dont have to wear flip flops to a game

  2. jcmeyer10 - Jun 26, 2013 at 5:19 PM

    This is like the Snake game on the old Nokia cell phones. Enough twists and turns gets you caught up in a bad situation and you end up losing.

  3. canucks30 - Jun 26, 2013 at 6:22 PM


  4. kingcobraman - Jun 26, 2013 at 6:46 PM

    everybody so tired of this saga … fold up the tent ,pack up the wagon and go to Seattle…

  5. soldierone - Jun 26, 2013 at 7:35 PM

    Morgan also stated if the team leaves its all the Glendale mayors fault. They have an owner, get their hands in the revenue, get naming rights, get parking fee’s, what more do they want? They can’t force the new group to say FOR SURE Glendale will make this much money in this amount of time because they simply do not know. Its a ridiculous demand by the city.

    put the new owners in, hold them to their word of making the team better, and if that doesn’t work, then let them leave. Geez.

  6. atwatercrushesokoye - Jun 26, 2013 at 8:40 PM

    The Glendale council reminds me of a gambling addict, only instead of mortgaging the house to eventually lose it all GCC is mortgaging City Hall to eventually lose it all. I’m sure whenever the council meeting takes place someone will stand up and say the classic Gambler addict’s line “we can get it all back, we just need a couple more bucks.”

  7. tru2joelu4eva - Jun 26, 2013 at 10:10 PM

    i hate this stupid team, i’m moving to colorado!

  8. jonkchar - Jun 26, 2013 at 10:38 PM

    My best guess is that the board of governors starts setting up Plan B while publicly saying they’re waiting for the July 2nd decision. The offer that is on the table at the moment is the one the council essentially rejected Tuesday night. no matter what happens, Glendale is screwed

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