Something is rotten in the city of Glendale.

That's my conclusion after poring over bankruptcy files for the Phoenix Coyotes, reading hundreds of pages of municipal records, and getting an earful from some insiders.

I can't say for sure what's happening — Glendale officials are using the specter of litigation to dodge key questions.

But I can tell you this: It smells pretty damn bad.

The record suggests, in fact, that Glendale City Manager Ed Beasley is trying his best to hand over the Coyotes to his friend, lobbyist John Kaites, and Kaites' Chicago buddy, Jerry Reinsdorf. The deal might well suck for the team's current owners (who stand to lose millions) and its creditors (who suggest they're getting a raw deal). And never mind that the Valley has never shown much interest in driving to Glendale for hockey games: Beasley has been working for months to make a deal that would give Kaites and Co. the franchise and force the team to stay in town.

Some of my sources insist that's okay. As a good city manager, Beasley has to do whatever he can to keep the Coyotes in Glendale. That's the only way to save Glendale's multimillion-dollar investment in Jobing.com Arena.

But it's one thing to fight to save a team. It's another thing entirely to fix the playing field for connected insiders.

And that, I think, is exactly what's happened here. Even more than Phoenix, where Frank Fairbanks rules the roost, Glendale is a town run by its city manager, Beasley. And city records suggest that long before Beasley let the city's elected officials know that the Coyotes were in trouble, he was helping to wire the deal for Reinsdorf and Kaites.

And that begs the question: Was Beasley trying to find the best ownership deal for the team or favor some longtime associates?

Here's what I've learned:

In the fall of 2008, Coyotes owners Jeff Shumway and Jerry Moyes began explaining to City Manager Beasley just how bad the team's financial situation was. They asked the city to sweeten the pot and give them incentives to help the team stay in Glendale.

Instead, in October, Beasley inked a deal with a small Massachusetts firm, Beacon Sports Capital Management. (Because Beasley kept the contract below $50,000, he didn't need the city council's involvement. To date, Beacon has come in just under the threshold, at $48,175.)

Beacon was ostensibly hired to assess the Coyotes' finances. Its report, filed in January, has become Exhibit A in the city's argument that the current ownership screwed up and that another group could do a better job. That, of course, opened the door for Reinsdorf and Kaites.

But get this.

Beacon was in Glendale for just three days. And during that time, according to Beasley's own calendar, the sports analysts actually had a meeting with Kaites and Reinsdorf!

To understand how shocking that is, you have to understand the timing. Kaites and Reinsdorf weren't being talked about by anyone as prospective buyers at that point. At that time, in December, as far as owners Shumway and Moyes knew, they were asking City Hall for help — not a buyer.

Some of the best investigative reporting on the Coyotes situation has come from Channel 12's Brahm Resnik. But even Resnik doesn't put Kaites and Reinsdorf into negotiations with the city until February.

Yet Beasley's calendar shows that the Reinsdorf and Kaites were in the loop as early as December.

And new information makes me suspect that Beacon's hire was little more than a setup to bring in Reinsdorf and Kaites — which puts the duo in the picture even earlier.

Michael Reinsdorf, Jerry's son, had been hired to help manage the Arizona Cardinals' stadium in 2004. (His firm, IFG, got the contract as a joint venture with Global Spectrum, a Philadelphia-based firm that just happens to employ Kaites as a lobbyist.)

In the fall of 2008, Glendale hired Michael Reinsdorf's IFG to assess stadium operations at the Coyotes' home, Jobing.com Arena. It was IFG — which, again, is Michael Reinsdorf's firm — that suggested Glendale hire Beacon, as city officials confirmed to me.

The Reinsdorfs have a history of working with Beacon. In fact, court records show Beacon was sued in Los Angeles by a client who claimed Beacon had leaked a confidential report to, yes, Michael Reinsdorf.

So when the Coyotes ran into trouble, Ed Beasley brought in Michael Reinsdorf's firm. At the suggestion of IFG, he brought in a second company, one that had a history of dealing with Michael Reinsdorf. Then he stood by as that firm secretly met with Kaites and Jerry Reinsdorf.

And now we're supposed to look at the firm's analysis as neutral, looking out for Glendale's best interests?

I simply don't buy it.

In May, the Coyotes filed for bankruptcy. Its current owners want to sell to an investor who'd move the team to Canada; it's their only hope to recoup even part of their investment, they say. Meanwhile, for reasons that are still unclear — to me, at least — Kaites and Reinsdorf have become the NHL's pick.

The team's ownership, and future location, rest on whether a bankruptcy judge agreed in court August 5.

Now, Kaites and Reinsdorf might actually be the solution to Glendale's hockey woes. They might be its nightmare. We just don't know: Bid details have been sealed.

When the Goldwater Institute asked Glendale for information about what incentives the city was offering to keep the team under the Kaites/Reinsdorf plan, the institute was flatly denied access. It sued. Even though Superior Court Judge Edward Burke has ruled that some information should be released — and quickly — the bids and information about the incentives was deemed confidential.

But secrets have a way of being revealed, and it's clear to me from city records that no other prospective buyers enjoyed as much access to City Hall as John Kaites and his cohorts. I surveyed a full year of Ed Beasley's daily planner, and no one came to close to Kaites in lunches and scheduled telephone calls. Kaites' omnipresence can't help but have affected Beasley's attitude toward the team's current ownership.

According to an affidavit signed by Jeff Shumway, the team's CEO during the period of time when Kaites and Reinsdorf were meeting with Beacon, Shumway attempted repeatedly to get Beasley to tell his city council about the team's problems.

Instead, Shumway writes, Beasley seemed mostly interested in bringing in a new owner.

"Mr. Beasley reiterated to me that Glendale would not provide [current ownership of the team] concessions because Glendale was only interested in renegotiating when a new entity purchased the Phoenix Coyotes hockey team," the affidavit says. "I explained to him that there was no way Coyotes Hockey . . . would be willing to survive without concessions and that even with the concessions he was willing to make, a new owner would likely need additional concessions . . .

"Mr. Beasley made it plain to me that Glendale was not interested in making financial concessions to Coyotes Hockey . . . while Mr. Moyes was owner of the team."

But Beasley appparently has been willing to make those same concessions for his hand-selected bidders, Kaites and Reinsdorf. The city manager did what he could to put the prospective owners in position — hiring Reinsdorf's son's firm, bringing in Beacon as a "neutral" analyst, sitting back as Beacon met with Reinsdorf and Kaites.

Finally, the Arizona Republic reported Friday that part of the deal for Reinsdorf and Kaites could involve as much as $23 million annually in incentives, through a special voluntary tax on businesses near Jobing.com Arena. And, if the team continues to lose money, Glendale could have to give the Coyotes' owners another $15 million a year.

Even Cardinals president Michael Bidwill is crying foul on this one.

Glendale wasn't even willing to talk about concessions with Moyes, but it seems ready to hand over the keys to the bank vault to Reinsdorf and Kaites.

See what I mean by "rotten"?


John Kaites has a backstory common to many lobbyists. He's a lawyer and a former politician. Before that, though, he was a weatherman for the local NBC affiliate, Channel 12.

A short man with TV-ready hair, Kaites worked as an assistant attorney general, then a deputy county attorney, and finally served three terms as a state legislator before running (unsuccessfully) for AG in 1998.

These days, Kaites practices law at a firm called Ridenour Hienton & Lewis. He also runs a lobbying firm in central Phoenix, Public Policy Partners, and has formed a "consulting" business with the former president of the powerful Phoenix firefighters union, Billy Shields. Perhaps not so coincidentally, Kaites now lobbies for a host of ambulance companies, the public safety personnel retirement system, and the union itself.

Kaites' star crossed with Chicago Bulls and Chicago White Sox owner Jerry Reinsdorf while Kaites was still in politics.

Author Charles Fountain described their meeting this way in a book called Under the March Sun: The Story of Spring Training.

"Long an admirer of the White Sox owner, Kaites asked if he could buy Reinsdorf dinner and pick his brain," Fountain writes. "'I'm buying him dinner,' said Kaites, seemingly struck more by the audacity of his having asked than the irony of the young politician picking up the millionaire's dinner check."

In no time, Reinsdorf became a big backer of Kaites' political career, loaning the politician $28,000 for the attorney general's race. And, according to author Fountain, Kaites played a small role in helping move the White Sox's spring training operation to Tucson in 1998.

Just a few years later, Reinsdorf wanted to move the team's spring training to the Valley, and Kaites was out of office and ready to lobby. He eventually helped Reinsdorf get his deal in Glendale — with nearly two-thirds of the financing coming from the Arizona Sports and Tourism Authority.

How did Kaites get such a sweet deal for Reinsdorf, especially on an intrastate deal like the Sox move? It surely didn't hurt that Kaites knew the ins and outs of Arizona politics, including all about the pot of gold the Sports and Tourism Authority had been sitting on. And as a former legislator representing Glendale, and a lobbyist in partnership with the powerful firefighters union, which can be a singularly important force in municipal politics, Kaites surely had no problem getting anyone in Glendale to return his calls.

Kaites and Beasley, in particular, have long been rumored to have an association that's more than just business. They serve on the board of at least one non-profit agency together and are said to be friends, something a city spokesman didn't deny when I asked him directly. (Kaites didn't return several messages seeking comment.)

"Ed Beasley and John Kaites have a good professional relationship," said Gary Husk, the city's longtime consultant and spokesman for the Coyotes deal; all requests for comment from the city were referred to him. "I can assume over the years as they've worked together, they've become friends."

Beasley's calendar shows repeated meetings with both Kaites and Reinsdorf over the past year. Kaites and Beasley had no fewer than four scheduled meetings or conference calls in August and September 2008, which is right around the time the Coyotes' ownership began asking City Hall for help.

An e-mail that New Times obtained through a public-records request suggests, at minimum, a lack of formality in their dealings. In May, as the Coyotes' current ownership filed for bankruptcy, some fans planned a "Save the Coyotes" rally.

It was Kaites who forwarded the information to Beasley. His note: "See below. They are working on this for Thursday. You need to be involved to make sure there is maximum impact."

For the record, Beasley e-mailed other staff to say that the city would not be involved. He told them he'd follow up with Kaites directly.

By now, of course, Kaites isn't just an audacious young pol asking a power player out to dinner, shocked by his own hubris. He's become a player himself.

In fact, when Kaites registered a limited liability company called Glendale Hockey LLC in June 2009, the company had two members: Kaites and Reinsdorf.

The ownership was split 50/50.


In bankruptcy court, attorneys for the team's current ownership have made repeated attempts to question Kaites. So far, they've been rebuffed: The judge has ruled that the lobbyist isn't the issue, at least not now.

But Tom Salerno, an attorney with Squire Sanders & Dempsey, which represents the team, said any connections between the city and Kaites/Reinsdorf bear examination.

"The ultimate issue is, can they be impartial?" Salerno asks. The possibility that the city's consultant met with Reinsdorf and Kaites in December, Salerno agrees, "does create some issues."

Salerno's clients also hope to explore whether there was collusion between the NHL and the Reinsdorf team, he says. "The judge has allowed us to take depositions in respect to that, and we'll be asking a lot of questions," he told New Times.

It's terrible, timing-wise, to try to explain all this. The situation is literally changing day by day. Blame Glendale for the lateness of my reporting this news: It took the city well over a month to process my records request.

For now, though, the team's ownership — which will determine whether the Coyotes stay in Glendale or leave for Canada — is in question. Last week, the NHL put its blessing on the Kaites/Reinsdorf bid. On September 10, the bankruptcy judge should decide which bid he likes. The emphasis is on "should": Everything is up in the air at this point, including Reinsdorf's participation. (Stung by leaks about the incentive package he's requesting, Reinsdorf is now threatening to pull out.)

The battle could get ugly.

For one thing, Moyes has shown that he won't go down without a fight.

For another, the Goldwater Institute, which successfully struck down Phoenix's incentives for the CityNorth shopping center, has vowed to fight any similar package that Glendale offers to keep the Coyotes in the Valley. The Goldwater Institute is now attempting to intervene in the bankruptcy, warning the judge that any deal may well require the Arizona Supreme Court's review.

Trust me: No matter what happens next, it's going to be a long, tough slog.

At some point, though, Ed Beasley will no longer be able to hide between "ongoing negotiations" and "active litigation." Then, he's going to have to explain just how long he's been talking to Reinsdorf and Kaites about this deal.

He's going to have to explain how he decided to hire Beacon Sports Capital Management — and how they ended up meeting with his favored bidder long before anyone else knew there was a chance to bid.

He's going to have to answer questions about his relationship with John Kaites.

Glendale may not have a hockey team in six months. That's up to the bankruptcy judge, the Glendale City Council, and ultimately, maybe even the state Supreme Court.

But as the smoke clears, we'd better be getting some answers about what exactly transpired with this deal. That part is up to us, and I hope we're pushy.

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John
John

There's no way Glendale should deal with Moyes.He's a scammer with an ugly business track record.Here's some background on Moyes from New Times, circa 2006.

http://www.phoenixnewtimes.com...

Professional sports is always a bad bet for taxpayers, who ending up footing the bill for stadiums and arenas and reaping little economic benefit.

Is the Phoenix economy any better because the Cardinals shocked the world and almost won the Super Bowl? No. Do taxpayers still owe a billion plus on the stadium? Yes.

Send the Coyotes packing to Vegas, which is sucking up to the NHL and desperate for anything that will attract a new market of suckers to fleece.

Recall the Glendale mayor. She's an idiot who gave away the keys to the treasure chest to Bidwill and Moyes/Ellman.

Fire Beasley.

cheers!

Robin
Robin

I think it's time for the Coyotes and Wayne Gretzky to leave Arizona. Since Ellman bought the team and Betman brought Gretzky here, the team has done nothing but dissapoint and has gone down hill, not only on the ice but overrall. I remember when the original owners brought them down from Winnepeg and Shawn Hunter ran the show. You could actually talk to the players and truly enjoy the sport. They should have made a deal with Coangelo years ago and this kinda stuff would have never happened. It's time for the Coyotes to leave the desert and let the Roadrunners take over!

Don
Don

1. The math demonstrates that Moyes will either lose $200mm or $300mm. Read the documents.

2. Moyes built a billion dollar trucking empire from one truck (and I am not a fan of Moyes, personally), which seems to demonstrate that the man knows how to build and manage a business.

3. In the case of any current or potential owner, when the taxpayer checkbook is open, it's 'easy' to do these deals. And when individuals are allowed to operate with impunity, and without accountability or transparency, the result is that the rich get richer and the taxpayer...doesn't (or insert more colorful epithet here).

4. This deal (along with the funding of the "Cardinal's" stadium) is a perfect perfect perfect example as to why elected officials (and any public sector staff) should NOT be allowed to 'play' in the private sector. If it's a great deal for the private sector (investors, et al) then let them put the deal together withOUT taxpayer funds!

5. Voters don't pay attention because this is far too complicated and involved (read: over their collective head) and most folks have more to do than follow these rivers of corruption. And that's unfortunate.

Dan
Dan

Unfortunately for all the back-door, nepotistic double-dealing efforts of all concerned in the sale of the Coyotes, the only thing that matters in the Bankruptcy proceedings is the best deal for the creditors. Judge Redfield T. Baum, being a smart man, surely knows that the number 212.5 is bigger than 150. That's the bottom line.The Coyotes have been around long enough that a fan-base should have been established and been enough for the team to tread water. As it wasn't, there seems to be a lack of appetite for hockey in the American South. Imagine that. If Gary Bettman did what was in the interest of the game and not his own damn self-esteem/wallet, this team would never have been brought to Arizona in the first place. Now that Glendale has put up a huge chunk of change for the 'Yotes arena, I sympathize with their dilemma since their anchor tenant ain't "get'n 'er done". I wonder if Nascar races indoors? As for Hamilton, or Canada for that matter, we BLEED hockey. I was skating almost before I was walking. Should Mr. Balsillie win the rights to this team and move it here, you will NEVER see a lack of attendance, REGARDLESS of the team's performance (see: Toronto Maple Leafs). It's about time we took the game back out of the g-damned boardroom or worse, the backroom, and do what's right for the sport. Gary Bettman, for the good of hockey and humanity, should immediately be fired... preferably out of a cannon, ideally aimed into the blazing white-hot Arizona sun.Cheers!

R
R

A city manager's job is to protect the city's financial condition.Glendale spent $180 million to build a hockey arena; the current tenant (Moyes) proved incapable of running the company and nearly a year ago signed away control to the NHL.So the city manager used his contacts to start looking for a solution. If he worked for me, I would commend him.The NHL owes Glendale a team. Any city that makes such an investment to support a major sports league with taxpayer money is OWED that league's support and commitment to fulfill the lease agreements.If the team leaves for Canada, no city in their right mind will EVER build a new arena for an NHL team. And if they do, THOSE are the public employees who should have their heads examined.

C Lorenz
C Lorenz

No matter who buys Yotes now, the NHL has in its plans to move the team out of Phoenix, not this season but like the "media release" has shown the new owners have a "Get out of Phoenix FREE card". In the next 5 years there is no NHL team playing in Glendale. KC, LV or anywhere in Canada will be the new home of this NHL Franchise.

Doug
Doug

mike: your an idiot, if Moyes would get 100 million if the team was bought for 212.5 million, you take 112.5 million and minus if from 148 million which comes to a grand total of 35.5 millon, and if you take into account all the money moyes lost from the Coyotes then obvviously he isn't getting much.

Its obvious there is a lot of dirty dealing going on behind the scenes for this team, its nothing new for the NHL though nobody should be surprized as Bettman has let what 3-4 criminals who evade taxes own teams after all.

CDNNAVY
CDNNAVY

Great story....I say shut down the BLACK BERRY service in GLENDALE. That will teach them....lol

OntarioArrows
OntarioArrows

Just womdering.... Haven't Bettman & Daly all along stated that the NHL relocation policy states a team can't be moved for 7 years? Then, if not collusion, why is Jerry Reinsdorf negotiating an agreement that would allow him to relo in 5 years??? ....Run Jerry, Run.....Bettmans legs are too short to catch you.

Paul Garofalo
Paul Garofalo

We have long believed the corruption and arrogance of Gary Bettman and the NHL. Be forewarned. The team will move. The question is, will they take your city's money first.

Wayne Banner
Wayne Banner

Good for you, Sarah. I hope that you guys do become pushy. Be forewarned: the NHL will take your concessions, then claim in five years that they can't make it work in the Valley and move the team to Vegas.

Coz
Coz

And the corruption and good old boy network just goes on and on in Arizona....

Canadian
Canadian

Interesting article. Not surprised that the group was waiting in the wings. Must have been a surprise when Ballsillie made an offer and obviously upset the Beasley applecart.

Hockey is an awesome game. Being Canadian, I loved watching for years but then the NHL expanded, and then it expanded again. You will never see the really good players ever playing together on the same team, and showing just what they can do on the ice. Mostly the players today are mediocre and quite frankly, watching Junior A hockey is way more exciting - the players haven't made it to the NHL and have something to prove. Following that, with over 2 dozen teams in the league, we had pasta products shaped like team logos in grocery stores. The game had evolved, says Bettman. Well you gotta admit the game may be the same but the moneymaking aspect has taken over. I'm not surprised that there are insiders looking for a deal. And thank you to the journalist who decided to investigate a bit more and put the story together. Well done. Bettman is a leech on the NHL. He is pretty much reviled in Canada. I would love to see the team move to Hamilton, if only to watch Bettman's impotent rage.

ScrewBalsillie
ScrewBalsillie

Wow what a biased article. this isnt investigative journalism, its a hatchet job that is clearly slanted against the team. Probably did not even write it but instead Moyes lawyers did. You should be ashamed of printing that garbage.

Diana
Diana

Great job! LOL on not getting public records request in less than a month. It's amazing that you got anything on Beasley at all! The man is running the City of Glendale into the ground with an iron fist. Folks think Scruggs and Council are the bad guys - they don't have a clue as proven by this article. Moyes was brought into the picture to help Glendale get out of bed with Ellman by Scruggs. Bidwill has seduced Scruggs and he has been masterful in feeding at the public tax trough! Beasley is in bed with anyone who can help him personnally (once he is gone - this will show more clearly). Have you figured out the connection to anyone formally from Channel 12 news - lots of former employees are employed in city and also on contract with city? Now those ties are worthy of cronyism labeling! How about the Billy Shields ties? Scruggs and Beasley both owe much to the help of Fire Union politicos! Now those folks are true backroom professionals. The only thing surprising about this article is the fact that 1) it was written; and 2) a reporter in the Valley area actually knows how to do investigative reporting! Glendale citizens are to blame because they will not pay attention, use the system to demand ethical leadership decision; and will not vote to end the reign of politicians who have been in office so long. They've forgotten how to serve the people!

mike
mike

Moyes has no math skills no wonder why he is bankrupt.......... According to an AP article posted on yahoo on 8/4/09 [http://sports.yahoo.com/nhl/ne...]......... If Canadian billionaire Jim Balsillie buys the team for $212.5 million then Moyes makes about $100 million [according to Moyes himself]......... So based on that, if Reinsdorf's group offers $148 million then Boyes should get $54.5 million [$212.5 million-$148 million=$54.5 million].......... So now according to Moyes he would get little or no money, thats total b.s., how is $54.5 million little or no money???.......... I'll go one step further, since he is filing bankruptcy any money he makes should be given to the government.......... Taxpayers should be outraged with Moyes behavior!.......... However, the bankruptcy judge should allow open bids and the higher bid gets the team [if Bettman likes it or not].......... But the money should go to the taxpayers not Moyes.......... And if this isnt how the current business bankruptcy laws are then they need to be changed........... We as taxpayers should be outraged by Boyes behavior!

dandmb50
dandmb50

Good article but kinda long. But very interesting. And interesting that most of the comments are from Canadians. Although you mention that they may move the team to Canada you don't mention anywhere about where they are trying to move it to? It's Hamilton just a short distance from Toronto. There is something wrong for sure why the NHL does NOT want a franchise in Hamilton and I think there is a lot of politics going on in Phoenix, but there is a lot more going on with Bettman for keeping an NHL franchise out of Hamilton. It could be you mentioned this in earlier articles, but this is the first one I have read. Heard you on the local Hamilton TV station today and found you very good. I think the NHL believe this guy Balsime is a trouble maker or they just don't like him. But the fact that hardly anyone from your area is commenting on this makes me believe nobody in your area really cares much about hockey. I suspect it will stay in Phoenix at least another season, but if people wanna drive to the game and are worried about drinking and driving, that's a no brainer, don't drink.

Daniel ............ Toronto

Bob Lavigne
Bob Lavigne

This shows to go ya friends helping friends that truly stinks.How does this happen politics and hockey this is truly mind boggling im mad this realy stinks.You know I work hard for a living in the oil patch all types of extreme weather.Nothing ever handed to me an honest living can they say the same.Last year I got tickets to an Oilers game in Edmonton this is a 4hr drive Tickets for me and my 3 boys just under 500 total trip over 1000 thats what hockey fans do.Gary Bettman must know all this whats happening yet the N.H.L. board call Jimm Ballsilie a not good owner yet they allow this corruption to take place.Bettman and his little group are just as guilty.I am just pissed right now and my french comes out so please excuse the wording.This was well done article man did the writer do his homework I am sending copy to the Hamilton Spectator and making sure this gets noticed on T.S.N good job.If the team does stay cmon people hockey is a beautifull game you have a team enjoy it your so lucky.

Mike (The Bad One)
Mike (The Bad One)

Good article as far as investigating the Reinsdorf-Glendale connection but you've decided to leave a lot out either because of preference to Moyes or because, being the PNT, you need to have another conspiracy piece.

AZCentral reported that back in November, Moyes signed proxies allowing the NHL to financially control the team. I don't think it's unreasonable for them to have talked to Kaites and Moyes in December on if they already had advanced notice that Moyes was no longer interested in running the team. Why weren't they willing to offer Moyes concessions? I don't know for certain, but considering the team has been a consistent loser since Moyes has taken over, he hasn't demonstrate he has the business sense or knowledge to competently run a sports franchise. If a team's already losing money, they're not going to be making any more money if the team's a perennial loser.

Another question raised is why does the NHL and Glendale want to keep the team here. Well, the Glendale taxpayers put up $180 Million to construct one of the finest arenas to host an NHL team, so there will be no anchor tenant for that arena should the Coyotes relocate. Also, the proposed location for the team, being Hamilton, adversely affects two franchises already serving that territory, one of which (Buffalo) just had to be rescued from financial problems of their own. Finally, the person involved in wanting to purchase and relocate the team, Jim Balsille, has no interest in wanting to cooperate with the NHL in regards to obtaining a team, so one can't help but wonder the consequences of what would happen if he actually obtains a team. He still indicates that he would want to move the team prior to the start of this season. With the schedules already set, there would be a logistical nightmare of realigning travel schedules and the other divisions. In short, this one team would affect the other 29 and how they do business, and the NHL has every right to serve the greater good.

Glendale may have sweetened the deal for Reinsdorf, but they aren't the only players in the picture. Darryl Jones and his group, Edge Holdings LLC, is preparing a bid that would keep the team in Phoenix and so far they haven't been rejected as a potential owner. If they really wanted Reinsdorf only, I think they would have objected to the bid to keep the team in Glendale.

My question is where's the outrage about what Moyes has done? Why didn't the article examine the team's performance during his ownership? Why didn't the article examine Moyes' other business tactics, which has involved him being sued by his own family for liquidating their trust fund? I mean, if you're going to put together an investigative piece, really do one that will blow the lid open on just how badly hockey's been treated in an otherwise supreme sports market and how a competent owner who's willing to invest in a competitive team could really make a financial killing in this market.

But I guess that's not as entertaining as wanting to see a sports club moved to a different market. God forbid it woulda been an art museum though; then everyone reading the PNT would probably be urged to protest such an event if that were the case...

Howler
Howler

How much did Moyes pay you to print this garbage?. The person that stinks in this deal is Jerry Moyes.

Good riddance Moyes. Thanks for running the Coyotes into the ground and trying to reap some $ out of the deal with Ballsile.

Brian Sells
Brian Sells

Very impressive article. Wow!! I always thought that Bettman and his merry band of incompetents were just that. Now I realize what a truly slimy group they are. Hopefully the Reinsdorf offer will slink away once they realize that everyone is aware of the dishonest dealings that have taken place.. I wouldn't be surprised to see the 'little Napoleon' and his minions contract the Phoenix franchise rather than allow it to slip into Balsillie's hands.

Bill from Arizona
Bill from Arizona

Great article but why do you have to keep trashing the Coyotes stating that people will not drive to Glendale. Your June 22nd article stated that the judge calls out the fans to show support. The line to get in to the arena following this article was incredibly long and the fans came in droves. The players signing autographed stayed late to get everyone through the line. Nobody was making the drive to Tempe when the Cardinals were loosing but look at the attendance the last couple of years. This valley is made up of imports from other markets. The local teams are usually their 2nd favorite team, the first being from whence they come. Take a look at the beloved Suns, attendance has fallen off since their downturn but nobody is calling for them to be relocated´┐Ż yet. Try to encourage people to attend the local sports instead of telling them that nobody cares.

Dave
Dave

Now I understand why The Globe and Mail reported that the city has petitioned the judge to bar the Moyes legal team from the bankruptcy proceedings - that story came out about an hour before this one.

Pat
Pat

Wow, great article. We knew up here of some of the double dealings but you really put it into perspective.

What you may not know is that Phoenix & other expansion franchises were chosen partly because over 40% of Gary Bettmans salary comes from sales of new merchandise & the market in Canada is already saturated.

The NHL BOG needs money losing franchises in order to keep the salaty cap down & don't care who suffers. Gary loves that, so watch him push for KC as the next location since it means more sales of jerseys for him & The Kings ownership wwhich owns the KC arena. Nothing like keeping it in the family, is there.

 
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