Former Coyotes owner says hockey won't work in Arizona
The Glendale City Council is looking to vote on a proposal that would bring the franchise one step closer to being bought by former San Jose Sharks owner Greg Jamison, which sounds all well and good.
Until, of course, you realize the city itself would be paying Jamison and his group to buy the team and run Jobing.com Arena.
There may be a few problems with that, but as Moyes told News-Talk 92.3 KTAR's Karie and Chuck Friday, there is one simple fact that should stop this from happening.
"I don't think it's going to work," he said of hockey in Arizona. "You just look at the economics, it just won't work. We have so many other sports activities to take not only the advertising dollar, but the consumer dollar."
Moyes owned the team from September 2006 to May 2009, so he would have a pretty good idea of the viability of hockey in the desert.
And the numbers tend to agree with his assertion, as the Coyotes have consistently ranked last in the National Hockey League in attendance, failing to really draw much of a crowd or attention. But the idea of seeing them move now, after the team reached the Western Conference Final, is one that a lot of people are not a fan of.
But that is what's on the table right now should the deal with Jamison not go through, as the Coyotes would likely be out of options if the goal is to stay in Arizona. At that point there's a chance the next step would be for the league to just find an owner, regardless of whether or not he would want to relocate the team. Incidentally, that's where Moyes had the team heading three years ago.
"At that point we had a very good buyer to relocate the team, and if the city would have supported that and if the team would have moved, they would have been given $50 million," Moyes said, referring to an opportunity to sell the franchise to Canadian billionaire Jim Balsillie, who would have moved the team. "If they would have put that $50 million in an annuity, that would have made the payment for the facility for I think the rest of the 18 years.
"The City of Glendale would have come out with a facility all paid for."
Instead, the NHL took over the team and has been looking for a buyer ever since, with the caveat that the next owner would need to keep the Coyotes in Arizona.
It's a task that has been incredibly arduous and difficult, but could be nearing completion.
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