Glendale in tough over major concessions

 

In U.S. Bankruptcy Court this week, attorney Susan Freeman painted a dismal picture for the Coyotes in Glendale without city concessions.

She cited a survey conducted by the team that said 72 percent of Glendale residents would rather see the Coyotes leave than have the city make such concessions.

The request for concessions put the city in a tough spot, politically and financially.

— The Arizona Republic

Glendale may be in the least desirable position of anyone in this whole business, as the city of 250,000 has to choose between having a white elephant of a building and pouring more taxpayer money — up to $20-million annually — into an NHL franchise many of its constituents aren't hellbent on saving.

No one will bid on this team without major concessions from taxpayers and, so far, the city has been reluctant to sign those dollars away. Based on reports on their finances, I'm not sure they even have them to offer.

The Coyotes are also creating other potential legal headaches for one top official:

A former Phoenix Coyotes executive has accused Glendale City Manager Ed Beasley of trying to destroy a sensitive document to keep it out of the public eye ... Destroying the letter would have been illegal under Arizona public-records law. It's not clear what Glendale officials did with the document after the meeting.

More intrigue for a fiasco that really didn't need it.

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