The Goldwater Institute -- a public interest group that has threatened a lawsuit to block the sale of $100 million in bonds that would help keep the Coyotes Jobing.com Arena -- has agreed to meet with Glendale officials on Thursday, The Phoenix Business Journal reports. The meeting with Glendale officials, however, won’t be open to the public.
“One way to ensure transparency is to have journalists present, which is an option the city declined,” Goldwater Vice President Starlee Rhoades told the publication. “However, to ensure transparency, we have agreed to have a neutral third-party transcript of the conversation made available to the public and members of the press. We are pleased to be meeting with Glendale in this open manner and look forward to sharing the results of the meeting with you.”
The league -- which has funded or directly run the team for more than two years -- has attempted for months to find a way to keep them in Arizona. A current deal with Chicago businessman Matthew Hulsizer is contingent on that bond sale.
NHL commissioner Gary Bettman said on a Toronto radio station Wednesday that the league won’t be off to “Plan B” -- widely speculated to mean a move back to Winnipeg -- immediately after thhe Coyotes are eliminated (via the Globe and Mail):
"It's not really a fair question," he said. "And the speculation that we've been holding some announcement waiting for them to stop playing is absolutely wrong. We're still focused on trying to make it work in Phoenix.
"And I hope we're successful. Obviously when the Goldwater Institute killed the deal, it was a huge setback. Nobody expected them to do that. We didn't think it was right that they did it, but the focus is still on making it work.
"Do we have an infinite amount of time? The answer's obviously not. But we haven't been holding an announcement waiting to see when the Coyotes are done playing, I assure you of that."
-- A.J. Perez