The Arizona Coyotes could be short-lived. It’s been reported by Allan Muir of Sports illustrated, and the Arizona Republic that the Coyotes may have committed a Public Open Meeting violation last year. If true the Arizona Coyotes may be lost.
It seemed like the NHL wanted to keep the Coyotes in Arizona, but their hands may be forced. It’s been reported that if there was a violation the $225 million commitment by Glendale may be void; causing yet another financial crisis in the Coyotes camp.
Media attorney David Bodney said the deliberations by the four council members who voted for the Coyotes deal were not held in a public meeting and “would be a likely violation of the Open Meeting Law.” [Sports illustrated]
Glendale mayor Jerry Weiers has asked the state’s Attorney General to investigate.
“I think it’s a clear violation,” Weiers said. “That meeting is wrong on so many levels. It’s like playing poker and showing your opponents all your cards.”
I don’t want to add to any speculation, but maybe Arizona shouldn’t have a NHL team. It seems like someone is taking the time to find a way to get out of this commitment and at somepoint the league needs to find this franchise a home. Clearly there is going to be a long hard look at how those meeting took place, and honestly it may not be worth the trouble to fight this fight.
Let me ask this, shouldn’t the NHL and the new ownership group have made sure everything that was going on was done to the letter of the law? It’s not like we are talking about a hockey hot bed, but still this is just another black eye on a sport that struggles to grab hold in nontraditional markets. It looks like the Arizona Coyotes could be back on relocation watch.