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Ask and Ye Shall Receive..News on Coyotes Ownership

Phoenix CoyotesSometimes your timing can just be impeccable. Last night I wrote that I was curious as to why we hadn’t heard any news on Ice Edge Holdings and their intent to purchase the Phoenix Coyotes. And lo and behold what did I just read? An article in the Phoenix Business Journal which sheds some light on that very subject.

According to the Business Journal, Daryl Jones, COO of the group, says negotiations are “moving forward” and that they are commited to a long term lease in Glendale which houses Jobing.com Arena. With this commitment it’s suggested in the article that Glendale officials would be “open” to the Coyotes playing a “handful” of games in Saskatoon…as I feared.

Jones is quoted as being in it for the long haul and “it’s all about getting the fans to believe in you”. That is one statement I can get behind. The article further indicates that Jones does not want to do anything that would erode support for the team in Arizona.

This has been an additional fear and one I have been talking about since the group threw its hat in the ring. Attendance and fan support have been a difficult obstacle and playing in a new arena in Saskatoon may not do the cause any favor.

Also intriguing is the fact that among other businessmen, John Breslow is part of the Ice Edge group. Breslow apparently was a minority owner when Jerry Moyes still owned the team. The same Moyes who played a very large part in the financial failure and eventual bankruptcy of the Coyotes. I am making no assumptions or judgements here except to say it is verrrrry interesting.

It looks like things are heating up on the ice again here in the desert.

Let’s Puck!

The Phoenix Business Journal Article

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2 comments for “Ask and Ye Shall Receive..News on Coyotes Ownership”

  1. I don’t think Jones gets that ‘playing a “handful” of games in Saskatoon’ isn’t going to get “the fans to believe in you”. That’s like saying “were here to stay, but only for 37 home games…”. I think winning is the key, I think it’ll take a few winning seasons to get your building filled up - in the mean time enjoy the perks you’re getting while the team scrambles to fill seats!

    Posted by sharksfanNo Gravatar | January 19, 2010, 10:05 am
  2. So right! Playing those “handful” of games is only going to weaken the team’s support. People are already banking on the team leaving Arizona. I can’t tell you how many times a week I get “so is the team leaving?” We need to keep winning, generate some excitement around the team and the fans will come. I’ve seen some peaks in attendance, there just needs to be more of them.

    Posted by PuckGalNo Gravatar | January 19, 2010, 10:01 pm

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