We had a pretty busy past few days concerning the ownership situation. There's a lot of information flying around. Unfortunately this is where we're at: Goldwater has officially put up a road block. They haven't filed suit but they've tampered with the situation enough that the sale cannot be completed unless they back down.
NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman and Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly came to town yesterday and confirmed what we were afraid of - Goldwater is the problem. The Commissioner also came to speak with the Coyotes staff, the City of Glendale and to request a meeting with the Goldwater Institute. Goldwater refused his request stating that they would only agree to speak with the Commissioner with the media present. This would be an unnecessary and ridiculous media spectacle - and is not what either side needs to reach an agreement. It is quite obvious that Goldwater isn't willing to listen to reason - they have their own agenda.
Fox Sports Arizona did a great job of covering the issue last night. You can watch the video of the Dave Strader interview with Gary Bettman here - which aired during the first intermission of last night's game against the Canucks. You can also find the NHL's coverage of the situation here. You can watch the entire press conference on the Coyotes website here.
I'm open to your suggestions as to what you think our next move should be. If it's feasible and doable - we'll do it. We are having an impact on the Goldwater Institute - several people have called and gotten hung up before even being able to speak to anyone at the Institute. Your emails are pouring in to them. If you go to their Facebook page, you can make some noise there as well. They are also on Twitter. I find it interesting to note that most of their comments of support are coming from outside the country. Whom exactly are they trying to protect? Not Glendale - not even Arizona.
Mr. Bettman has stated that there is still no deadline - but time is running short. They remain dedicated to Glendale - but if Goldwater continues to be obstructive they will in fact damage the taxpayers as opposed to helping us - as they claim to be doing. They will cause thousands of jobs to be lost, they will cause the arena to possibly close and thus become more of a burden to the city and it's taxpayers. They will cause Westgate to become a ghost town if the team leaves. So let's keep on pestering them. There's a reason we have Paul Bissonnette on our website banner - we're fighters. So let's keep fighting.
And just for fun - feel free to post this photo to any site you want. A Coalition member made it and sent it to me yesterday to share with everyone. I just posted it on Goldwater's Facebook page. Let's see how long it takes them to remove it... :)
On a side note - if anyone is interested in a possible road trip this weekend to watch the Coyotes take on the Ducks in Anaheim, there's a Coalition member interested in going to the game. If have any interested in carpooling, please email me back and I will get you in touch with him.