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Coyotes hold off on name change

Aug 5, 2013, 5:12 PM EST

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Much like the Arizona Cardinals, the Phoenix Coyotes plan on changing their team name to reflect the state they inhabit. It seems as if that won’t happen in 2013-14, however.

The Arizona Republic’s Sarah McLellan reports that they won’t switch to the Arizona Coyotes until 2014-15, at the earliest. Coyotes alternate governor Anthony LeBlanc explained why to Fox Sports Arizona’s Craig Morgan on Monday.

“Our market is more than just Phoenix,” LeBlanc said.

Considering how challenging this situation was for the city of Glendale, the decision to spotlight the entire state rather than a prominent city makes that much more sense.

Whenever it happens, it will mean that the NHL’s Coyotes, NFL’s Cardinals and MLB’s Diamondbacks all embrace the state name in their titles.

(Your move, Phoenix Suns.)

  1. mrpinkca - Aug 5, 2013 at 5:23 PM

    Que the super classy “They’re holding off until they can be renamed the [Insert any Canadian city and team name]” jokes…

    • lostpuppysyndrome - Aug 6, 2013 at 12:07 PM

      Oh no, it doesn’t have to be Canadian. Seattle, Portland, maybe even KC. Anywhere else will do, really.

  2. snipedanglecelly13 - Aug 5, 2013 at 6:24 PM

    Phoenix sounds cooler than Arizona coyotes

    • endusersolutions2013 - Aug 5, 2013 at 6:49 PM

      But if people think about the origins of the word “Phoenix”, if the franchise does succeed there from this “new lease on life” the current name WOULD be appropriate.

      We have another poster who posts movie links that I can’t grasp how they relate to the article or his post.

      At least this link relates to “Phoenix” and the meaning of the word.

      • endusersolutions2013 - Aug 5, 2013 at 9:55 PM

        Huh? What was there to disagree with? I guess some don’t understand the origins of the word Phoenix. Here’s some help

        “Phoenix – a mythical bird of great beauty fabled to live 500 or 600 years in the Arabian wilderness, to burn itself on a funeral pyre, and to rise from its ashes in the freshness of youth and live through another cycle of years: often an emblem of immortality or of reborn idealism or hope.”

      • hockeyflow33 - Aug 6, 2013 at 1:15 AM

        No, we know what a phoenix is.

    • gaconservativepolitics - Aug 6, 2013 at 4:06 PM

      Why not just go with The Coyotes, as Coyotes are all over North America, from here in Georgia on the East Coast to West Coast, from the Equator to the Arctic Circle. The Coyotes are the NHL team of the Desert Southwest. To the idiots in Canada, that does not believe that the Southern United States deserves to have Professional Hockey, I will make this case: Most intelligent people who were raised in the Northern half of the United States gets more intelligent and move south to get away from the absurdly cold, and still love to attend Professional Hockey.

    • gaconservativepolitics - Aug 6, 2013 at 4:06 PM

      Why not just go with The Coyotes, as Coyotes are all over North America, from here in Georgia on the East Coast to West Coast, from the Equator to the Arctic Circle. The Coyotes are the NHL team of the Desert Southwest. To the idiots in Canada, that does not believe that the Southern United States deserves to have Professional Hockey, I will make this case: Most intelligent people who were raised in the Northern half of the United States gets more intelligent and move south to get away from the absurdly cold, and still love to attend Professional Hockey.

  3. ibieiniid - Aug 5, 2013 at 6:32 PM

    ya wth, Arizona coyotes? that’s 7 syllables. what kind of team would do that to their fa– wait… phil-a-del-phi-a fly-ers. never mind.

    typed that out and realized that this wasn’t the first time I’ve complained about syllables this off season (Met-ro-pol-i-tan division)

  4. pone27 - Aug 5, 2013 at 7:02 PM

    Who cares.

    How many of you guys on here would even say Phoenix or Arizona? Everyone just says the coyotes anyway.

  5. hildezero - Aug 5, 2013 at 7:07 PM

    First of all, NBC Sports… No, it’s not Phoenix Suns move.

    Second, this is stupid. Why change to Arizona Coyotes? It makes sound like Phoenix is a small city that no one cares about. Phoenix Coyotes sound better and it’s suppose to be the opposite by local teams switching their name to “Phoenix” instead of “Arizona”. Phoenix is already a big city and has been for the last couple of decades. Cardinals need to change their name back to Phoenix Cardinals.

    • pirovash88 - Aug 5, 2013 at 7:18 PM

      Well considering they don’t even play in Phoenix, i don’t see what the big deal is..

    • nj666 - Aug 6, 2013 at 11:52 AM

      Wow english is not for you pal.

    • JB (the original) - Aug 6, 2013 at 2:06 PM

      Hmmm. Gotta tell ya, the East Rutherford Jets and Giants can’t be too far down the road then.

      • gaconservativepolitics - Aug 6, 2013 at 5:00 PM

        The State of New York sued both teams for falsely calling themselves New York, after their move to New Jersey. I personally do not recognize those teams as New York, I call them the New Jersey Giants and New Jersey Jets! I spent the first 26 years of my life living in New York State,and I still root for the ONLY NFL Team from New York,, the Buffalo Bills!

  6. hildezero - Aug 5, 2013 at 9:33 PM

    Well, they kinda do. They may not play IN Phoenix, but they do play in the PHX Metro.

  7. hildezero - Aug 6, 2013 at 12:25 AM

    Huh? I don’t get your comment.

  8. whatthepuck2012 - Aug 6, 2013 at 10:56 AM

    I must’ve missed where they actually explained why they’re holding off. Story said “…2014-15 at the earliest…..alternate governor explained why..” and then he proceeded to explain why they’re changing it.

  9. hipchecker13 - Aug 6, 2013 at 11:52 AM

    If the need to change the name is so important… why not change it to the “Arizona Phoenix”…? This is a team that has survived constant struggle and scrutiny, continue to rise from it, and press on with new hope. Rise the team from the ashes, give it a new youthful look and logo, and support the fact that the Phoenix will always rise… but in the mean time… GO YOTES!!!!

    • gaconservativepolitics - Aug 6, 2013 at 4:49 PM

      I like that! As the phoenix rises from the ashes (of Winnipeg and the past ownerships) of the past and soars into the future!

  10. JB (the original) - Aug 6, 2013 at 2:03 PM

    Most of the AZ retirees are from the upper midwest, so they’re just following along with what they’ve known from their past: Minnesota Vikings, Minnesota Timberwolves, Minnesota Twins and Minnesota Wild.

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