In case you hadn’t heard the news, the NHL owners and the NHL Players Association finally have come together on a new collective bargaining agreement which means, likely within the next two weeks, there will be Phoenix Coyotes hockey again at Jobing.Com Arena.
And, unlike the last few seasons, there should be no ownership drama hanging over the team. After securing a lease agreement from the Glendale City Council, Greg Jamison is waiting only for the official end of the lockout and a positive vote from the NHL Board of Governors to purchase the club and secure its future here in the Valley.
(Those groans you hear are from the incredibly venomous and subjective writers from the Toronto newspapers, the Globe and Mail and the Sun, who have spent the past two years covering with glee the Coyotes’ fall into bankruptcy and ensuing ownership saga, all the while hoping the team would move back to Canada from whence it came. Adios, ye bozos.)
True, there is a touch of pain that comes with the security of the Coyotes; picking up breakfast at McDonald’s the other morning, my head spun slightly at the idea of an 11 percent sales tax. At the same time, I also realize how much worse it would be for the city and this side of the Phoenix area if Jobing.Com were stripped of its most profitable dates. Even a mediocre Coyotes crowd tends to be better than the attendance for other events.
Details on the Coyotes schedule (and that for the entire league) are being worked out. Once the schedule’s available, I’ll post it here.
Oh … and did I mention there are condos available right next door to the arena?
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