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What Do You Mean The Doors Are Locked?

from Katie Strang of The Athletic,

The City of Glendale is threatening to lock the Arizona Coyotes out of Gila River Arena due to delinquent tax bills and unpaid arena charges, The Athletic has learned.

On Dec. 3, the Arizona Department of Revenue filed a tax lien notice in Maricopa County against IceArizona Hockey LLC, the company that owns the Coyotes, for more than $1.3 million in unpaid state and city taxes. The City of Glendale, which has been locked in a lengthy dispute with the Coyotes over delinquent bills, has already notified ASM, the Gila River Arena management company, and Coyotes team president and CEO Xavier Gutierrez of the cancellation of the Coyotes’ business license.

The City of Glendale is owed approximately $250,000 in unpaid city taxes, according to a letter from City Manager Kevin Phelps to Gutierrez, and the remaining amount is owed to the state. The state tax lien notice, obtained via a public records request, asserts that the Coyotes owe taxes dating back to June 2020.

The Coyotes, according to the notice sent to ASM and to the team, will have until 5 p.m. MST on Dec. 20 to pay the outstanding arena invoices from the 2020-21 season, as well as the outstanding tax bill. If they do not settle up the remaining debt by that time, the City of Glendale has instructed ASM to deny team employees access to the arena and the offices within the arena used as administrative space. Arena vendors would also be locked out.

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SYF's avatar

This just gets better and better.

Posted by SYF from impossible and oddly communally possessive sluts on 12/08/21 at 08:24 PM ET

ilovehomers's avatar


Posted by ilovehomers on 12/08/21 at 08:29 PM ET


pull the plug on this location and ownership already.

Posted by akwingsfan on 12/08/21 at 08:36 PM ET

TreKronor's avatar

Same story, different month.

Posted by TreKronor on 12/09/21 at 12:02 AM ET

d ca's avatar

I took a trip out to Glendale from Scottsdale with 5 other people to go to Dave & Busters (within walking distance to that arena—and anything to beat that triple digit Aug heat). It was like $150 round trip. I was shocked to see how well built up this area is.

What people don’t seem to get is that Glendale is where the football team’s stadium is (also home to the Fiesta Bowl) so the town isn’t hurting for hockey money like some believe. It’s also where the White Sox and Dodgers have Spring Training too.

Posted by d ca on 12/09/21 at 12:33 AM ET

d ca's avatar

This situation which keeps repeating always reminds me of the Drew & Mike show with the water bill lady (Ruth Williams and her darn shame….Monica Conyers…if you can’t pay a $15 bill how you going to pay a $25 bill next week….insult on our people and she needs to go)

If Buttman wasn’t around this team would have been moved years ago, but they want the development and guys like Auston Matthews. So I see the taxpayers getting screwed twice by the team/NHL.

I think this team could be losing millions each year and the NHL would find some revenue sharing to keep them in place. Meanwhile their is a NHL capable arena in Quebec City sitting there without a team.

It’s no wonder why these Houston rumors were flying all over the place last week.

Posted by d ca on 12/09/21 at 12:54 AM ET

Down River Dan's avatar

Breaking news….

Coyotes are claiming it was an ...” Unfortunate Human Error”... that they hadn’t paid their tax bill.

Could’ve happened to anyone….

Posted by Down River Dan on 12/09/21 at 12:59 AM ET

Paul's avatar

The tax bill has been paid.

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 12/09/21 at 02:00 PM ET

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