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Bettman waiting on Glendale, says Coyotes could move

Jun 27, 2013, 4:45 PM EDT

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The NHL Board of Governors meeting wrapped this afternoon with nothing coming from it concerning the state of the Phoenix Coyotes.

NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman spoke with reporters following the meeting and spelled things out rather clearly.

“No board action is required at this point,” Bettman said. “We’re anticipating, or hoping, the Glendale City Council passes the deal with the Renaissance Group. If the council doesn’t approve it… I don’t think the Coyotes will be playing there anymore.”

Bettman set the target date for July 2 for a decision, the same day the City of Glendale is set to vote on their latest proposal.

That proposal is the whopper of one the city presented this afternoon that sees the Renaissance Sports and Entertainment group get $15 million a year from the city to run Arena and a five-year out-clause to leave the city if the losses amount to $50 million or more in that time.

If things fall apart with Glendale, is there time to move the team elsewhere? Bettman is confident there is.

To add to this, NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly says the league has no issues with Key Arena in Seattle if the Coyotes are to move there.

This is it though. The Coyotes saga is going to end one way or another next week.

  1. flydommo - Jun 27, 2013 at 4:48 PM

    Bring in Quebec City, Seattle, or another Toronto franchise.

    • desertfan - Jun 27, 2013 at 6:27 PM

      Forget QC- too much politics with the French- they will want all advertising to be bilingual etc, etc, etc

      Will be Seattle or Portland!!!

      • atwatercrushesokoye - Jun 27, 2013 at 6:48 PM

        Yes cause that’s caused so many issues in Montreal….

        You do realize that because Quebec has both French and English they will actually get to sell the tv rights twice and make double the money?

        Their are two problems with moving it to QC or GTA: 1. The schedule is already set, so it would be impossible to have Phoenix move east because the road trips would be chaos for opposing teams. 2. There’s huge money to be made from expansion fees in QC and GTA, in the next couple of years the NHL will either go to 32 teams or they will fold two money losing teams and replace them by awarding expansion teams to QC and the GTA.

    • mrminkus - Jun 27, 2013 at 10:45 PM

      This isn’t the end for the Coyotes.

      Gary can’t realistically move this franchise in July. He is stuck in Phoenix for one more year. And since he is stuck there, he may as well try to find another clown… er potential owner to save this sorry franchise.

      Where is the Balken? Could he be the next idiot… er investor to suit up and try to help Gary blackmail the city of Glendale?

      • atwatercrushesokoye - Jun 27, 2013 at 11:16 PM

        Depends, if they’ve been working back channels in Seattle they may have privately already set up everything they need to, much like they did in Winnipeg. The schedule is fairly easy, they just need to have Phoenix at the beginning or end of any western road trip, substituting Seattle instead of Phoenix isn’t that big of an issue in that case. For most of the new division (Calgary, Edmonton, Vancouver, San Jose) it’s quicker to travel to Seattle than to Phoenix.

      • mrminkus - Jun 27, 2013 at 11:35 PM

        I hope you are right atwatercrusesokoye!
        I’m not convinced though that Gary and the NHL are ready to leave the desert. Seattle may be a better market in every conceivable way except one… that being in the eyes of NBC Sports executives. Could there be a penalty in that $200 Million per year TV deal if the NHL abandons an entire US TV region?

  2. devilsarethebest - Jun 27, 2013 at 4:52 PM

    Come on Bettman, at least do something right! You have one job!

  3. bigtganks - Jun 27, 2013 at 4:57 PM

    Now with this 37th deadline date we are REALLY serious that this is a REAL due date!!!

    • jcmeyer10 - Jun 27, 2013 at 5:15 PM

      And no, we won’t sneak out of the windows this time either! We promise…

  4. baddogjosie - Jun 27, 2013 at 5:13 PM

    Do you move them to Quebec City and keep the Wings in the west or move them to Seattle and Wings in the east?

    • tmoore4075 - Jun 27, 2013 at 5:27 PM

      Seattle. Quebec gets you more money in expansion and you get to keep this realignment for at least a few years till you expand.

    • Jackson Scofield - Jun 27, 2013 at 8:24 PM

      Quebec would probably be in west anyway since we already moved Detroit to East and there is no way they or Columbus want to come back.

    • clefty1 - Jun 28, 2013 at 9:18 AM

      The Wings are already headed east or did you miss that and I guarantee the Wings will not head west again.

  5. illadelphiasphinest - Jun 27, 2013 at 5:22 PM

    JUST MOVE THEM ALREADY!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Its obvious that Phoenix isn’t a hockey town and can’t support a team.

  6. endusersolutions2013 - Jun 27, 2013 at 5:23 PM

    They can’t be moved to any city that would have them playing in the eastern conference. Its already 16/14. If not PHX, only viable cities are Seattle and Portland. STL would be a stretch, not just the size, but they have not been much of a pro-sports market.

    I’m still hoping the Yotes can stay in PHX so that the NHL can expand into the other two western cities and they get back to an even conference split at 16/16.

    • greatminnesotasportsmind - Jun 27, 2013 at 7:05 PM

      Yeah because Winnipeg hasn’t played in the southeast the past 2 seasons or anything

      • endusersolutions2013 - Jun 27, 2013 at 9:12 PM

        Sure they did, but the NHL just did a “2 for 1” special. and unbalanced the league as a result. I thi8nk hew towk coverage and Detroits constant complaining contributed.

        The simple thing to do until; they could get to an even # of teams 9cutting back to 28 or increasing to 32), would have been to put the Wild in the central, Preds in the SE, Winn in the NW.

      • greatminnesotasportsmind - Jun 28, 2013 at 2:09 AM

        Yeah except your forgetting about Dallas, who like the Wild play the majority of their conference and division road games 2 time zones away.

  7. jimw81 - Jun 27, 2013 at 5:27 PM

    Seattle Supersonics

    • stachowiakjp - Jun 28, 2013 at 12:19 AM

      They could just keep the awesome Coyotes name or have the return of the 1917 Stanley Cup Champions Seattle Metropolitans.

  8. gambleonsports - Jun 27, 2013 at 5:42 PM

    Saskatoon! An arena bigger than Winnipeg’s and one of the best economies in North America.

    • desertfan - Jun 27, 2013 at 6:29 PM

      Get serious!!!

    • atwatercrushesokoye - Jun 27, 2013 at 6:56 PM

      One day, I’m convinced they’ll get an AHL team (either the Flames’ or Oilers’) first to see how pro hockey can do there. The problem is the Blades, a WHL team likely can’t exist with an AHL team because ticket prices are about the same and they’re essentially competing for the same segment of fans. And both the Flames and Oilers own WHL teams so it would look really bad for them to usher their competitors out the door.

      Here’s what I think will happen (just my own opinion) the Blades will move to Winnipeg (the Jets owners are interested in a WHL team to attract more revenue from fans who can’t get or possibly afford Jets tickets) the Flames will then move their AHL team to Saskatoon allowing the Canucks to move their team to Abbotsford.

  9. sprtsfan1 - Jun 27, 2013 at 5:49 PM

    So long Yotes, it’s been fun to see the place jam packed with Hawks fans every time my boys came to town. Too bad the Yotes couldn’t get a following of their own and had to depend on other teams to fill their arena. Dumbest idea I ever saw was to put that team on the West Side of Phoenix. All the money and people who moved here from back East and up North moved to the East Valley. Sometimes free land isn’t alway the best decision. Location, Location, Location!!!! I love hockey so much I probably would have bought at least a 10 game package every year if it was even semi-convenient. It’s been cool to watch the Hawks a couple of times a year for way cheaper than what it costs to watch them at the UC. Oh well….

    • joepescisballs - Jun 27, 2013 at 6:43 PM

      The original plan was to have the arena in south Scottsdale. But Scottsdale threw a fit and the arena needed a new home. Another reason to hate Scottsdale.

    • tattooedean - Jun 28, 2013 at 12:19 AM

      Yeah, I agree. I have lived here since just before they moved here. People seem to forget that they did pretty well attendance wise when sharing the AWA arena with the Suns albeit there were 3,000 restricted view seats.

      Unlike the Cardinals who people only have to worry about 1 game a week, there was no way for any team let alone the Coyotes to survive by putting even the nicest of arenas far out to either side of the valley let alone the west side when the majority of Coyotes supporters were always from the East side of the valley.

      I doubt the D-backs or the Suns would do well if they weren’t located in down town as playing that many home games through out the week with all the traffic on the free ways and no extensive rail system would make people choose to stay at home rather than do that more than just a few times per season.

  10. giantssb42champs - Jun 27, 2013 at 5:54 PM

    Phoenix is a AAA minor league city for hockey at best. Move them already for gods sake.

    • desertfan - Jun 27, 2013 at 6:30 PM

      Cant sell tix for $10 per.

  11. c1md6 - Jun 27, 2013 at 6:45 PM

    Hartford Whalers

  12. jonkchar - Jun 27, 2013 at 8:18 PM

    I think its set for Seattle, they’re just waiting on City of Glendale for legal reasons, IMO

  13. sprtsfan1 - Jun 27, 2013 at 8:26 PM

    Glendale is run by morons. I honestly feel bad for the NHL for having to deal with these people for as long as they’ve had to. Team needs to go to a city that will support the team.

  14. buffalomafia - Jun 27, 2013 at 9:27 PM

    Kansas City has a arena ready to go???

  15. valoisjoeybfeld69 - Jun 27, 2013 at 11:13 PM

    Hmmm! Wouldn’t be surprised if they play the next season with 29 teams. It just sounds stupid enough for the NHL brass to pull off.

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