It has been one hell of time recently for the Arizona Coyotes. So much has happened that it is even hard for me to keep track sometimes. The Glendale city council voted to explore terminate the lease agreement and since then the Coyotes legal team went to work and filed for a temporary restraining order on the city of Glendale. Not the type of restraining order that keeps people away but the kind that keep the city from proceeding with the cancellation of the lease agreement Ice Arizona has with the city. Common sense, although Glendale’s vice mayor Ian Hugh doesn’t seem to understand that.
“A restraining order, what are they going to do, keep us out of our building?” Hugh explained. “We own the building. We pay $8 million a year on the debt on the building.”
Along with the restraining order, the Arizona Coyotes filed their $200 million dollar lawsuit. If you care to see the filing for yourself, go ahead and go here…Judicial Branch Of Arizona Website and type in or copy paste the case number: CV2015-007216
A day after filing the city and the team met in courts to decide on the restraining order on the city and the Glendale city circus continued. The demand from the Coyotes was that the hearing and other phases of the court be before the free agent deadline at the end of the month, the courts denied that and it will be after. Glendale’s demand was that the bond for the restraining order be set at $15 million, but the judge decided that $250 thousand was plenty. Another demand that Glendale had was they did not want to pay Ice Arizona the $3 Million that they owe the team, but the judge told the city they have to pay. So that would conclude the very brief summary of the hearing and the Coyotes will carry on normally until there is a decision on the filing.
The hearing was also a time for discovery and the Arizona Coyotes could find out who else is allegedly in violation and warrants a cancellation of the lease agreement. Craig Tindall and ex-asst city manager Julie Frisoni were the names thrown out as the violators. Which is a long stretch to build their case on.
On the brighter side, city of Phoenix Mayor has reached out to the Coyotes and says he will not the team leave Arizona and has been very vocal about it all over the media.
“I don’t want to lose this regional asset and so I’m willing to do my part to make sure that that regional asset stays in our community,”
Before the seeing the judge, Glendale city council has called for a meeting on Tuesday, which is a closed doors type of meeting but I think we can all assume that it is about the weak case they have and facing a $200 million dollar lawsuit.
Also, Andrew Barroway has decided he no longer wants to be the majority steak holder but still be apart of the ownership group.