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Arena deal in jeopardy? Glendale mayor requests investigation into ‘clear violation’ of state law

Jul 22, 2014, 2:30 PM EDT

"White Out" shirts adorn the inside of 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

From the Arizona Republic:

Glendale Mayor Jerry Weiers on Monday asked the state attorney general to investigate a previously undisclosed meeting of City Council members and an Arizona Coyotes attorney last June, days before the council approved a $225 million agreement with the team.

Weiers, who voted against the deal that kept the hockey team in Glendale, said he believes the meeting violated the Arizona’s Open Meeting Law and revealed key information to the Coyotes about the city’s negotiating position.

Violations of the Open Meeting Law can rescind actions taken by elected officials, which could potentially void Glendale’s deal with the team, which was then called the Phoenix Coyotes.

So, yeah, this old story again. It’s not clear how seriously the Coyotes’ arena deal is threatened by this latest development, but the newspaper says it’s obtained an email between council members Gary Sherwood and Manny Martinez that may support Weiers’ assertion that there’s been a “clear violation” of the law.

Oh, and the fact the email reportedly ended with “Manny, please delete this email after you’ve read it” doesn’t look great either.

Related: Glendale mayor-elect unhappy with Coyotes lease

  1. tru2joelu4eva - Jul 22, 2014 at 2:41 PM

    praise the lord tebow, what a hollow and meaningless summer it had been!!

  2. JoeAvg - Jul 22, 2014 at 2:42 PM

    The wheel it turns around and ’round
    It makes an ancient rumbling sound

  3. patthehockeyfan - Jul 22, 2014 at 2:53 PM

    Oh, and the fact the email reportedly ended with “Manny, please delete this email after you’ve read it” doesn’t look great either.

    Jason Brough – Master of Understatement

    • thecheeman - Jul 22, 2014 at 3:07 PM

      Huge. Quickly. Bye.

  4. missthemexpos - Jul 22, 2014 at 2:55 PM

    The only things for sure are death, taxes, and the never ending saga of the Glendale Arena.

  5. xdj511 - Jul 22, 2014 at 3:21 PM

    You would think that politicians of all people would know that saying “please delete this email” and expecting it to be gone forever is wishful thinking at best.

    • gret9 - Jul 22, 2014 at 3:28 PM

      Yeah, only the IRS knows how to make emails disappear forever. 😉

      • endusersolutions2013 - Jul 22, 2014 at 7:35 PM

        Actually, there is broader expertise amoung the broader democratic party support. Whitewater was originally was initially about corrupt politics involving Bill and Hillary (do folks realize that despite claims to “feel folks pain” that Whitewater was actually a “rent to own reposession scam”?

        Was also about Hillary’s involvement with the Rose law firm. Somehow, boxes of key papers were destroyed in a warehouse fire, where, miracously, no other papers were destroyed.

        Hmmm, guess the key papers were somehow temporially stored in 55 gallon barrels.

  6. ballistictrajectory - Jul 22, 2014 at 3:29 PM

    Maybe John Scott could get traded to the Coyotes and then have “a meeting” with the mayor. I’m sure there’d be no complaints after that.

    • skr213 - Jul 23, 2014 at 2:49 PM

      I think every Shark fan would agree to that trade.

  7. govtminion - Jul 22, 2014 at 3:29 PM

    Ugh, not THIS whole cluster-malf again… I thought we were done with this mess?

  8. clayman61 - Jul 22, 2014 at 3:39 PM

    Maybe the Coyotes will come to the NW after all! lol..

  9. antkowiak666 - Jul 22, 2014 at 4:06 PM

    Just move the team already.

  10. c9castine - Jul 22, 2014 at 4:38 PM


    Apparently manny forgot to delete that thing..

  11. sw19womble - Jul 22, 2014 at 4:54 PM

    Does anyone except Bettman actually want this mangy mongrel of a hockey club in Arizona?

    • nothanksimdriving123 - Jul 22, 2014 at 5:40 PM

      Yes, their hundreds of passionate fans.

      • letsgolightning - Jul 22, 2014 at 6:02 PM

        Had to look this up for hits and giggles… Last year, Coyotes were 30th in home attendance, and 30th in road attendance. Ouch.


      • letsgolightning - Jul 22, 2014 at 6:05 PM

        Erm, wrong link. They did do a bit better in 2013. Here’s the numbers for the ’13-’14 season:

      • Hard to BeLeaf - Jul 22, 2014 at 7:33 PM

        That’s the problem. “Hundreds of fans” isn’t good enough for a pro franchise. “Hundreds of Thousands of fans” is what you want.

        Seattle, Portland, Quebec, Hamilton, a 2nd Toronto team would all work.

      • endusersolutions2013 - Jul 22, 2014 at 7:39 PM

        Unfortunately, given the east/west imbalance, the only possible locations are Portland and Seattle. Its already 16/14, can’t possibly relocate a WC team to Quebec or Hamilton.

    • skr213 - Jul 23, 2014 at 2:51 PM

      I do. I’m moving to AZ this year. I’ll get to see NHL hockey for super cheap. Keep them in AZ!!!

  12. timmylaz99 - Jul 22, 2014 at 5:03 PM

    Will you just move the team to Quebec where they belong!

    • nothanksimdriving123 - Jul 22, 2014 at 5:42 PM

      No, Flin Flon has first dibs.

      • Hard to BeLeaf - Jul 22, 2014 at 7:35 PM

        Darn! Tuktoyaktuk going to be devistated.

    • endusersolutions2013 - Jul 22, 2014 at 7:41 PM

      Tim, Do you somehow not get the concept of conference imbalance? Go from a clueless 16/14 to 17/13???

    • desertfan - Jul 22, 2014 at 8:15 PM

      Commish does not like the communist state of Quebec.

      My business was threatened by the Q language Police for a shutdown if we did not have both English and French on the tiny speed dial buttons on the fax machine!!!!

      • endusersolutions2013 - Jul 22, 2014 at 10:28 PM

        Actually the NHL is kinda communistic – the teams that make money keep the “abou to fail” teams/locations alive via “revenue sharing”.

        Just like social security and medicare, it’s wealth confuscation and transfer from those who succeed to those who don’t or don’t care to.

  13. clayman61 - Jul 22, 2014 at 5:49 PM

    Arizonans love there Coyotes, but this stuff has to be wearing thin. I’m a long time Arizonan living in Portland and if they have to go somewhere I’d like to see them come here.. With that said, I hope they make it work there though, they deserve it after all that’s happened..

    • desertfan - Jul 22, 2014 at 8:21 PM

      Portland and Seattle would be great.

      Then move 8-10 AHL Franchises to the West Coast.

      Home Runs!!!

  14. alliceishome - Jul 22, 2014 at 6:06 PM

    As the coyotes go, so goes Bettman. If they fail, he won’t have long to last.

    Really though, it is time to end this nonsense. I’ve been a big ‘yotes fan as a great underdog story in the West, but how much longer can they pretend this team doesn’t need to move? They’re being kept afloat by shady deals and profit sharing, when you’ve got great hockey markets north of the border.

    Move them to Quebec, add tax equalization between teams, and you will have an amazing product instead of Bettman’s ego.

    • endusersolutions2013 - Jul 22, 2014 at 7:43 PM

      Great, further the conference imbalance to 17/13???

      • alliceishome - Jul 23, 2014 at 7:59 PM

        They just realigned the conferences, why do you seem to think its an issue doing so again?

        At the very least, its got to be easier doing that than keeping an anchor franchise afloat.

  15. kwells44 - Jul 22, 2014 at 6:15 PM

    Hmmmm….after the 1st year of the agreement, after the City’s returns were below projections, THEN this ‘previously undisclosed meeting’ is ‘discovered’? Nice.

  16. bluesdroogie - Jul 22, 2014 at 6:49 PM

    put Arizona in Oregon, of K.C. (K.C. already has an arena ready for them) Yes I know K.C. failed as an NHL team before. Move Florida to Oregon and the conferences are aligned. Problem solved. (except to the true fans of those teams)

    Tired of hearing about problems in the desert.

  17. bluesdroogie - Jul 22, 2014 at 6:51 PM


    Oregon or* K.C., saw that error as I was posting

  18. endusersolutions2013 - Jul 22, 2014 at 7:22 PM

    Hmmm, they have been 28th to 30th in attendance for many years., despite being 15th in metropolitian population (US/Canada). And two of the larger metro areas host TWO teams.

    At what point will the NHL admit and deal with the fact that Phoenix will never actually suppport a team, ESPECIALLY given the location in Glendale (could Scottsdale or Tempe have worked? who knows)

  19. thefutureofoil - Jul 22, 2014 at 8:08 PM

    …and introducing your Seattle Flounders!

  20. quinner17 - Jul 22, 2014 at 8:21 PM

    Move this team to Seattle or Quebec and end this 20 year mistake putting them in Arizona

  21. blomfeld - Jul 22, 2014 at 10:33 PM


    The bottom line remains that ‘anyone’ who supports ice hockey in a land of 100 degree ‘plus’ temperatures and scorpions is both stupid and naive ! … no two ways about it … end.

    • skr213 - Jul 23, 2014 at 2:55 PM

      ^ said the guy who supports the Los Angeles Kings. So 100 degrees = not okay, but 90 degrees = okay? Well, that makes sense, since everyone knows that the melting point for ice is 95 degrees.

  22. 34defense2014 - Jul 23, 2014 at 12:10 AM

    The only thing worse then a French fighter is Quebec Frenchman lol lol

  23. heynyc61 - Jul 23, 2014 at 8:39 AM

    I guess fans if the ducks and kings are stupid where temps in Southern California can reach 100 and I’m sure there are scorpions … Oh where they regularly sell out and 3 cups have been won in the last 8 years….

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