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by Paul on 05/09/12 at 03:12 PM ET
from Brad Parks of the Wall Street Journal,
On Monday, the Phoenix Coyotes advanced to the NHL’s Western Conference finals for the first time since moving to the desert in 1996.
But here in Glendale, the Phoenix suburb where the Coyotes play, not everyone is cheering. “If you need a poster boy for how to pour your whole budget down the drain of professional sports, Glendale is the place,” says Glendale resident Ken Jones, a retired construction superintendent, who calls the team a financial albatross.
By any measure, professional hockey in the valley of the sun has been an expensive proposition and the cost is falling heavily upon Glendale. The Coyotes play at Jobing.com Arena, a monument to the NHL’s expansion to cities in the Southern and Western U.S. As in Atlanta and South Florida, hockey has failed to captivate Arizonans, a problem that culminated three years ago in the franchise filing for bankruptcy. Among NHL clubs this season, the Coyotes ranked last in attendance.
thanks to a KK member for the pointer…
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