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Coyotes Get New Arena Deal Glendale Government Jobs Take Hit to Make Deal

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Posted 28 November 2012 - 07:10 AM

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Coyotes arena deal approved
Updated: November 28, 2012, 2:21 AM ET
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GLENDALE, Ariz. -- City officials approved a $320 million deal Tuesday night to keep the Phoenix Coyotes in the city's arena.

The city council approved a 20-year, $324 million deal for Jobing.com Arena in June, but city leaders sought to renegotiate it. The newly approved proposal would help Glendale because it would reduce payments in the early years of the 20-year deal and save the city $4 million.

Council members debated the proposed arena-management agreement with potential Coyotes buyer Greg Jamison and whether the city can afford the agreement.

The deal requires Glendale to cut $20 million from the general fund. That means trimming dozens of positions within city government over the next five years. Without the team, Glendale would still have to trim $12 million.

The council approved the deal on a 4-2 vote.

Interim City Manager Horatio Skeete did not recommend the proposal, according to The Arizona Republic. He said keeping the team may be in the long-term best interest of the city, but it would require too many cuts in the near future.

Glendale has twice pledged $25 million to the NHL to operate the arena and keep the team in Glendale. The NHL has operated the Coyotes since former owner Jerry Moyes took the team into bankruptcy in 2009.

Jamison said Tuesday night that he'd like to buy the team and close a deal within the next month or so.

The deal came on the 73rd day of the NHL's player lockout. All games have been canceled through Dec. 14 in the labor standoff.



Jobing.com? :loco:/>

They got the name right at least.
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Posted 28 November 2012 - 08:11 AM

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Sidney Crosby has left Pittsburgh...But he isn't going to Europe. Not yet, anyway. Crosby has made a late decision to visit the Phoenix area, where a number of NHL players will be practicing for the next few days. Shout out to the captain for the heads up. If you want to see him practice at Southpointe, come next week.



Crosby and his teammates didn't have much good to say about latest labor situation, by the way.


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Posted 28 November 2012 - 10:20 AM

Jobing.com is open for business!

Except if you play hockey.
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Posted 28 November 2012 - 10:57 AM

View PostRobert Goulet, on 28 November 2012 - 10:20 AM, said:

Jobing.com is open for business!

Except if you play hockey.



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Posted 28 November 2012 - 01:29 PM

Nice arena in a turrible location (and I don't just mean the desert).

So, if the league ever pulls its head out of its ass, maybe they can sell some season tickets. Then again, probably not. <_<
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Posted 28 November 2012 - 02:42 PM

View PostAstro_Mikey, on 28 November 2012 - 01:29 PM, said:

Nice arena in a turrible location (and I don't just mean the desert).

So, if the league ever pulls its head out of its ass, maybe they can sell some season tickets. Then again, probably not. Posted Image


You had another location in mind, amirite? Scottsdale maybe?
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Posted 28 November 2012 - 02:51 PM

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You had another location in mind, amirite? Scottsdale maybe?


Just looking at the map tells you all you need to know:

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TURRIBLE location for a sport that doesn't have a following in the area. The football stadium does fine because people are all zomgawd FOOTBALL all over the country. But this sport needs to be in a centralized area where it's easy to get to to maximize attendance.
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Posted 28 November 2012 - 02:58 PM

View PostAstro_Mikey, on 28 November 2012 - 02:51 PM, said:

Just looking at the map tells you all you need to know:

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TURRIBLE location for a sport that doesn't have a following in the area. The football stadium does fine because people are all zomgawd FOOTBALL all over the country. But this sport needs to be in a centralized area where it's easy to get to to maximize attendance.


LOL, it's on the outskirts of town.
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Posted 28 November 2012 - 03:01 PM

View PostBadger Bob, on 28 November 2012 - 02:58 PM, said:

LOL, it's on the outskirts of town.



Yep. Only the dedicated will make the drive from Phoenix proper or from Scottsdale over there to Glendale. Mass transit is difficult to obtain. And, frankly, it's just out of the way. The restaurants and stores around the arena are top notch. The economy taking a complete dump sort of hindered the grand master plan of having everything grow around it. It was a bad move with little foresight.


However, if we ever end up moving to the PHX area, we'll likely live near Glendale for one reason alone. Season tickets in the "sort of shitty, but still a good view" mezzanine are dirt cheap.
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