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Coyotes’ fate not necessarily in the NHL’s hands

One way or another, the Phoenix Coyotes' fate will be determined by June 26th of this year, and, as the Globe and Mail's David Shoalts suggests, the NHL won't be making the call:

The fate of the Phoenix Coyotes is now in the hands of the (mostly) new city council of suburban Glendale.

A tentative lease agreement with Renaissance Sports & Entertainment, headed by Canadian businessmen George Gosbee and Anthony LeBlanc, for Jobing.com Arena will be presented to the seven-member council at its regular in-camera meeting on Tuesday. Sources familiar with the negotiations say the deal will produce something close to the $15-million (all currency U.S.) annually Renaissance was seeking, although it may not be structured strictly as an arena management fee.

Glendale council, which includes four new members who were elected late last year, will have a week to study the agreement and ask questions before a vote for approval is expected at its regularly scheduled public meeting on June 25.

And if the council nixes the deal, the Coyotes will move to Seattle, as Shoalts explains...

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awould's avatar

At least the city council knows where they stand with this now. Vote yes, keep the Coyotes. Vote no, lose them.

Jobing.com is a pretty large space for a swap meet, which is what it will be between the Taylor Swift and Keith Urban concerts.

Posted by awould on 06/18/13 at 11:29 AM ET

SYF's avatar

Jobing.com Arena’s a little like the Silverdome:  nearly right smack in the middle of nowhere way out of the urban areas with the most disposable income.

Posted by SYF from the team that re-signed KFQ and DFC by KFH on 06/18/13 at 01:35 PM ET

awould's avatar

It’s awful and was a terrible idea from beginning. The bulk of the population and the money in town is on the east side.

There was a location in south Scottsdale smack between the Old Town entertainment area and the main campus of ASU that was considered as a potential arena site. The site is less than 2 miles from two major freeways. It would have been perfect and absolutely would have increased attendance.

It was a former shopping mall that has since been redeveloped by ASU into a research/think tank type operation.

The problem was that the owner at the time, Ellman, didn’t own that site. He did own most of the Jobing.com/Westgate site. So he chose that site, got huge concessions from Glendale, and suddenly his dirt in the middle of no where was worth a lot more. He lost most of it back to the bank in the recession.

Posted by awould on 06/18/13 at 02:59 PM ET

Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit's avatar

There was a location in south Scottsdale smack between the Old Town entertainment area and the main campus of ASU that was considered as a potential arena site. The site is less than 2 miles from two major freeways. It would have been perfect and absolutely would have increased attendance.

It was a former shopping mall

Los Arcos Mall. I lived right down the street when I first move to Phoenix back in 1991. The location was the right location as you have stated. Closer to Fountain Hills and in Scottsdale where the money is. Even AWA or whatever it’s called now was a better location than Glendale. Glendale never should have been considered.

Lets Go Red Wings!!!!!

Posted by Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit on 06/18/13 at 03:35 PM ET

awould's avatar

Los Arcos was the worst mall ever. That area is getting nicer, slowly. It’s like a black hole between Old Town and ASU. An arena would have made a big difference there.

Posted by awould on 06/18/13 at 03:42 PM ET

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