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SBD/July 1, 2013/Franchises
Glendale Angers Prospective Coyotes Owners With Out-Clause Counterproposal
Published July 1, 2013
THE FINAL COUNTDOWN: In Boston, Kevin Paul Dupont wrote it looks like Glendale officials have "made their bed of ice with the NHL and now they have no choice but to sleep on it." The "best news, at this hour, is that there has to be a decision." With the '13-14 NHL season about 100 days away, "imagine the chore ahead" of RLB Holdings if they "drop the franchise out of the Seattle sky later this week a scant three months before dropping the puck" (BOSTON GLOBE, 6/30). In Phoenix, Dan Bickley wrote, "Either way, there will be no closure. That’s just a myth." It is "not like there’s a line of people outside the door yearning to buy tickets, waiting for the moment this team secures some kind of short-term future in Glendale." If the Coyotes leave, it "doesn’t mean forever," it will "only sound like it." There will be a "probation period, for sure, a time for the NHL to frown down upon us like we’re some kind of failed partner." But somewhere "down the line, if someone figures out how to build an arena in Scottsdale, the NHL will undoubtedly return." Just "not on Gary Bettman’s watch" (ARIZONA REPUBLIC, 6/30).