Within their agreement to play at Arizona State next season, the Arizona Coyotes and their owner, Alex Meruelo, will be required to avoid notoriety, or the team could be forced to look for another place to play.

The Athletic reviewed the venue license agreement between IceArizona Hockey and OVG Facilities, which was signed by Coyotes president Xavier Gutierrez and Francesca Bodie, OVG’s president of business development.

According to the document, if the Coyotes or Meruelo become the subject of adverse publicity, contempt, scandal or ridicule for violating “widely held principles of public morality, failing to conduct its business affairs with a high degree of integrity and honesty and/or failing to act as a good corporate citizen,” Arizona State can get out of its deal with the Coyotes.

This includes media coverage of Meruelo and the Coyotes business practices, according to the document, and ASU can cancel the Coyotes tenancy if coverage is proven true and has damaged or could damage ASU’s reputation.

This clause in the deal comes at a time when the Coyotes have been in the headlines for the wrong reasons. The team’s in-office dysfunction has been well documented. The team drafted Mitchell Miller in 2020, a prospect who had bullied a developmentally disabled Black classmate, before severing ties with the player and forfeiting the pick.

Arizona, like all NHL franchises, is counting on sports gambling as a revenue source in the future. Meruelo also owns a casino in Las Vegas, and the Coyotes already own one of the state’s licenses to run wagering operations.