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Goldwater Institute thinks Coyotes arena deal is constitutional

Jul 11, 2013, 1:52 PM EDT

"White Out" shirts adorn the inside of Jobing.com Arena before Game Three of the Western Conference Quarterfinals between the Detroit Red Wings and the Phoenix Coyotes during the 2011 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs on April 18, 2011 in Glendale, Arizona.
(April 17, 2011 - Source: Christian Petersen/Getty Images North America) Getty Images

In the ongoing struggle to find an owner for the Phoenix Coyotes, the Goldwater Institute has been a strong opponent of some of the previous arena lease deals that prospective Coyotes owners have sought from the City of Glendale. Most notably, Matthew Hulsizer abandoned his bid for the team after facing opposition from Goldwater.

It looks like they won’t fight the recently passed arena lease deal though:

“Based on the information available to us at this time, we do not believe that the Glendale arena management deal would be held unconstitutional,” Goldwater said in a statement on their website. “Changes made to the agreement during the course of negotiations partially bridged the gap between the market cost of arena management and the amount of the payment to the team owner, thus bringing the deal into conformity with cases interpreting the Gift Clause of the Arizona Constitution.

“The initial deal proposed several years ago would have included not only a substantial annual arena management fee, but a $100 million up-front payment to subsidize the purchase of the team. We are proud to have played a constructive role in protecting the taxpayers and taking an illegal deal off the table.”

Just one more sign that the Phoenix Coyotes — soon to be Arizona Coyotes — aren’t going anywhere soon. Of course, with the out clause, we can’t completely close the book on the Coyotes saga.

  1. rca26 - Jul 11, 2013 at 2:07 PM

    I was certain that I had misread the headline at first.

  2. kaptaanamerica - Jul 11, 2013 at 2:27 PM

    Great! another vote of confidence. Hopefully with an actual coach (not a pretender like Gretzky) in Dave Tippet, the Yotes can establish a winning record and reach the playoffs to help build the fan base. Canucks fans can keep Phoenix on the calendar as a winter break and vacation option centered around Yotes games.

    This whole saga could have been avoided if Gretzky hadn’t been included as part of a ridiculous marketing effort. Nothing sells like winning. A real coach would have devoted the necessary time and effort to the players and team to come up with a strategy to maximize the on ice performance. A better product on the ice would have built up the fan base and Phoenix would have never been an issue. Look at San Jose as an example of a franchise that has established a winning regular season record and a record of reaching the playoffs consistently. The team has loads of rabid fans in N. Cali.

    Gretzky was a cancer on the team frankly, in my opinion based on what he did in terms of on-ice performance and development (or lack of development) of solid prospects like Kyle Turris, Peter Mueller, etc… even Jovocop who was a solid veteran languished there after being a legit top 1/2 guy in Vancouver and Florida. I don’t know if he was there to just collect a cheque and self-promote, but he should never have been a part of this from the start.

  3. chazxcore - Jul 11, 2013 at 2:35 PM

    Just get this team out of the there.

  4. thailer35 - Jul 11, 2013 at 2:42 PM

    Thanks chazxcore for putting in a well thought out contribution to the comment section of this article.

    Great news though in this article. Glad to not have another headache from this group.

    As far as the rant about Gretzky, I couldn’t agree more! His entire tenure here was a joke! Happy that my team will be here for at least 5 more years, and hopefully for good!

  5. lateralous - Jul 11, 2013 at 2:53 PM

    I believe if run properly, hockey can succeed anywhere. The live experience is just too good. Unfortunately since moving to Glendale, the Coyotes were mismanaged for years and then had the cloud of relocation hanging over the team when they finally got the on-ice product straightened out. Hopefully new ownership really puts a good effort into this and it isn’t a 5 year relocation plan in disguise.

  6. soldierone - Jul 11, 2013 at 11:46 PM

    Then why is their mascot, some old geezer, still trying to get signatures?

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