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SBD/May 9, 2012/Franchises
NHL Approves Stillman Bid To Buy Blues, Close Of Sale Expected Today
Published May 9, 2012
A LITTLE HELP PLEASE: In Winnipeg, Gary Lawless writes prospective Coyotes Owner Greg Jamison "wants to negotiate a 20-year lease with a bloated arena management fee" that would have the city of Glendale "continue to prop up" the club. Before the Jets' relocation from Atlanta last summer, Winnipeg residents "were asked to put their cards on the table and end the suspense over whether they would support the NHL." Doing the same in Phoenix "right now would seem smart except Bettman knows what the answer would be and likely doesn't want to hear it." Lawless: "Blame it on bad management. Blame it on bad arena location. Blame it on anything you want." Lawless adds, "None of that changes the reality that has the City of Glendale and its municipal government are clinging to the Coyotes despite the obvious financial hardship brought upon its citizens." If the Coyotes are "going to stay in Arizona, someone has to help." A show of interest "like Winnipeg's Drive to 13,000 from a year ago would let us all know if that help is there" (WINNIPEG FREE PRESS, 5/9).