Phoenix Coyotes: Do 'Yotes Have a Long-Term Financial Chance in the Desert?
The Phoenix Coyotes had the best season in their franchise's history this year.
The Coyotes won their division for the first time in their brief history and also won two playoff series in the same season (they had never won a playoff series before this year) before bowing out (like the other top seeds in the Western Conference) to the Los Angeles Kings.
But the Coyotes aren't in the clear yet.
According to Mike Sunnucks of the Phoenix Business Journal, the Coyotes sale will likely not be finalized for quite some time.
"If the arena deal is formulated as a city contract it will avoid a referendum. But if its a legislative decision, it could be taken to the ballot."
The Goldwater Institute has already crashed a few attempts to buy the Coyotes, including one last year that would have resulted, according to Sunnucks, in "a Glendale bond program that would have helped Matthew Hulsizer buy the team last year."
It's an unfortunate situation for the Coyotes all around.
Will Coyotes be in Phoenix in 5 years?
Because they lack an owner, they do not own the arena in which they play. This means that the City of Glendale essentially has to pay to have a team in their city, and they don't even own the team.
They essentially have to bribe owners and give them massive financial incentives (like the proposed $17 million for the arena costs) in order to keep the 'Yotes in the desert.
The whole area situation has muddled the sale even further, and overall this deal doesn't seem to be working.
Despite the NHL's attempt to keep it "Goldwater" proof (if I may use that term), the Phoenix Coyotes are losing money hand over fist.
As of this moment, the NHL owns the Coyotes because the deal is still tentative.
Sellouts in the desert will have to become more than a playoff occurrence if this team is to stay in Glendale.
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