|I was going to put a picture of Mayor Scraggs here, but I don't |
want to look at her anymore after reading a bunch of
stories on this whole mess, so enjoy this instead.
“We have never been allowed to be part of any of these negotiations, and so I’m going to ask you; Are you willing to sign your name to a letter, to Mr. Gary Bettman, Commissioner of the NHL and say “This is what is happening to the City of Glendale?”
Mayor Scruggs speaks as if business transactions are just as simple as borrowing money from a buddy for rent or whatever. "They misled us and they can't do this to our city." Yes, yes they can, because you gave them the right to operate in your arena AND you agreed to cover usage and overage fees. These aren't costs that are new or hidden, you just don't want to pay because you don't have the money and you don't have full access to the money you believe is rightfully yours. Sure, Bettman and Daly and whoever you have spoken to with the NHL can be hateful dicks and maybe even shystered you into accepting a deal they knew would only benefit them in the end, but you can't call BS when the NHL comes looking for their money. It makes a bad situation worse, and that what this was from the start when the franchise was losing millions of dollars per year, and soon thereafter when no real ownership group stepped in to help both sides.
Sheeeesh. On the outside, this all looks like a terrible relationship gone worse. Like, in 2009 the NHL moved in with this chick (Glendale) it was dating for about twelve years, and at first they had a hard time agreeing on matching furniture, but now Glendale just screams at the NHL, but he's all like "whateves, dude."
We see now how this has turned out poorly for Glendale, and it does not appear things will get much better from here. On the other end of the spectrum, the NHL leaves itself open to scrutiny and bad PR by owning the team, and they are now in the situation where they can't even sell it to someone they trust. Even to someone who will move it! They are losing money, the city is losing money, no one is happy...
Coyotes fans, I hate to say it, but the situation is not good when your mayor starts to talk sh*t on the NHL. This could be the beginning of the end of the Coyotes saga, one that could get very messy, and reflect poorly on the NHL as a whole. It may not all be the NHL's fault, of course, but they definitely had to know this might be a possible conclusion when they bought the franchise in 2009.