Coyotes and City of Glendale Statements … Still hope for Jamison
- Updated: February 1, 2013
- Phoenix Coyotes Statement: Coyotes president Mike Nealy:
“Today, we were informed by the National Hockey League that Mr. Jamison was unable to close on his purchase of the Coyotes. Mr. Jamison will continue to work with the NHL and the City of Glendale to close a deal that will keep the Coyotes in the Valley. Although there is no set timetable, hopefully it will be soon. The Coyotes will continue to be owned by the NHL and nothing changes for our organization. We will work hard on and off the ice to provide our fans with a winning team that they can be proud of. We would like to thank all of our great fans and corporate partners for their incredible patience and loyalty throughout this process. We know it’s been difficult and we appreciate their support.”
- Arizona Republic: City of Glendale Statement:
“Glendale, Ariz. – The city and the current owner of the Coyotes, the National Hockey League, will continue to work together on a solution that is in the best interest of Glendale and our citizens. The next step involves seeking direction from the City Council to determine how to move forward with this process. The arena was built to serve as a catalyst for the economic growth that has occurred in Glendale’s Sport & Entertainment District, and its success remains a priority for the city.”
- David Pagnotta via twitter: Multiple sources saying that it is “unlikely” that the Glendale would offer the same terms as in their old agreement. Old deal averaged $15 million over 20 years. The NHL won’t seriously consider relocation unless it’s the ONLY option left. Jamison owning the team and keeping them in Glendale is still possible.