SBD/December 7, 2012/Franchises

Jamison: Stability In Coyotes' Arena Deal, Ownership Will Boost Team's Bottom Line

It took Jamison 17 months to reach the management deal with the city council
Prospective Coyotes Owner Greg Jamison on Thursday said that “cementing the long-term stability of the Coyotes in the desert will go a long way to building the team’s popularity and bottom line,” according to Sonu Munshi of the ARIZONA REPUBLIC. Jamison is “relieved to have completed ‘a 17-month odyssey’ to clinch an arena-management deal with the Glendale City Council last week.” Jamison said, “There’s been a lot of people who have worked on the ground to keep the team here.” He added that he “hopes to finalize the purchase of the team” from the NHL, and that he “aims to get the team in position to compete for the Stanley Cup each year.” Jamison: “There’s a good foundation now of NHL and hockey fans, and we just need to add to that.” He added that the franchise needs to "continue to develop youth and adult hockey leagues to eventually make hockey part of the community fabric.” Munshi writes Jamison’s focus is “mainly on buying the team and rebuilding the business side of it.” An option he has with Glendale to purchase Arena “isn’t on his priority list.” Jamison: “There’s the opportunity to do so, and that may be the extent of it. ... At this point, we know it’s there” (ARIZONA REPUBLIC, 12/7).
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