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by Paul on 05/13/12 at 11:54 AM ET
from E. J. Montini of the Arizona Republic,
In recent years several attempts to bring new ownership to the Coyotes have fallen through, primarily because the Goldwater Institute keeps icing the deals with threats of lawsuits. Now there is a new potential owner, Greg Jamison, and the Goldwater folks promise to go over any proposed agreement like a Zamboni.
On a radio show hosted by Mike Jurecki and Arizona Republic sports columnist Dan Bickley, McCain said last week, “I hope this ownership thing works out, and I hope that the Goldwater Institute won’t try to throw a monkey wrench into it—again.”
The senator’s rhetorical slap shot didn’t find Goldwater’s net, primarily because there is a provision in the Arizona Constitution known as the “gift clause”—a sort of legal goalie. It reads: “Neither the state, nor any county, city, town municipality, or other subdivision of the state shall ever give or loan its credit in the aid of, or make any donation or grant, by subsidy or otherwise ... “
Lawyers at Goldwater used that provision to body-check a city of Phoenix plan to give a developer millions to build the CityNorth retail project. The city complained of roughing and took Goldwater to court, but lost.
Goldwater could use the same constitutional provision to stifle the latest power play being worked out between the National Hockey League, Glendale and potential Coyotes purchaser Jamison.
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