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SBD/January 31, 2013/Franchises
Show Me The Money: Sources Say Jamison's Bid To Buy Coyotes Will Fall Short
Published January 31, 2013
SPLITTING HAIRS? In Phoenix, Mike Sunnucks cited officials as saying that Jamison "could have the money and financing to buy the NHL-owned Coyotes, or be very close to that mark." But Jamison could be "squabbling with investment partners on control of the team and decision-making." That would "delay finalizing the purchase and could derail it even if the money is there." There also are "doubts remaining as to whether Jamison and his group have money and financing to buy the team from the NHL." While some sources have said that the money "is there, others say Jamison has two-thirds of the needed cash." Others "insist it is far less than that" (BIZJOURNALS.com, 1/30). The ARIZONA REPUBLIC's Paul Giblin wrote one question that "arises is whether anyone will be around City Hall to receive any news that Jamison has to offer late into the night" (AZCENTRAL.com, 1/30).
COYOTE UGLY: In Phoenix, Sunnucks noted the Coyotes rank last in NHL attendance, "averaging just over 12,250 fans per game through the first four home games of the lockout-shortened season." The team "averaged 12,420 fans last season (worst in the NHL)." The two home games on the first weekends of the season "drew larger crowds" of around 14,800 against the Kings and 17,400 against the Blackhawks. But the Coyotes "routinely draw four-figure crowds for weeknight home games against the likes of" the Predators and Blue Jackets (BIZJOURNALS.com, 1/29).