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THESE COYOTES ARE NO SUN LOVERS: CAT FIGHT IN THE DESERT

          The relationship between the Coyotes and Suns is "so
     tattered" that Coyotes Owner Richard Burke and Suns
     President/CEO Jerry Colangelo "no longer speak," according
     to Kent Somers of the ARIZONA REPUBLIC.  The Coyotes are in
     the second year of their lease at America West Arena, and
     the team says that the number of obstructed-view seats and
     current advertising and sponsorship deals prevents them from
     "making money" and leads to "higher ticket prices for their
     fans."  Colangelo, however, "disputes nearly every one" of
     the Coyotes' assertions, contending that they have a "very
     favorable" lease, and says that their attitude shows a "lack
     of gratitude for his efforts" in bringing the team to AZ.
     While Coyotes officials are "careful when discussing their
     situation at America West," the team says that the revenue
     streams they were promised have amounted to "trickles" and
     that the situation "has to change or they will move to
     another arena."  But team officials would prefer to stay
     where they are.  One of the "main sticking points" between
     the two clubs is the fact that the Suns have the right to
     sell exclusive corporate sponsorships.  The Coyotes say that
     since they signed their lease the number of such exclusive
     categories has gone from nine to 21, which they say "limits
     the scope of packages they can offer advertisers." 
     Colangelo: "Look, my door is always open. ... I've been in
     this business for 32 years.  Some people are novices in the
     sports business" (Kent Somers, ARIZONA REPUBLIC, 11/15).
     
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