NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman told Glendale Mayor Jerry Weiers on Wednesday that a group of investors for the Phoenix Coyotes could be in place in about a week, Weiers said. However, Bettman did not identify the investors, nor have any potential investors initiated conversations with Glendale officials regarding management or use of Jobing.com Arena. “I have been in contact with the NHL and they basically told me that they expect to have something to put on the table in the next week or so, but as of right now, I’ve seen nothing and have heard nothing,” Weiers told The Arizona Republic. Bettman’s call came a day after the Glendale City Council hired Beacon Sports Capital Partners of Needham, Mass., to solicit bids from management companies to run the arena and to handle the city’s negotiations with potential Coyotes owners. Beacon is expected to elicit requests for proposals for companies to manage the arena early next week, Councilman Gary Sherwood said. NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly declined to discuss any potential investors and would not discuss a timetable for a possible sale. “No good sense of timing at this point,” he said in an email to the Republic. The league remains committed to a deal in Glendale, he said. Weeks ago, LeBlanc told the Republic that he was serving as the point man for a new group of investors that was considering whether they wanted to buy the Coyotes with the intent of keeping the team in Glendale. The NHL purchased the Coyotes out of bankruptcy in 2009 and has been trying to sell the franchise ever since.
NHL commissioner: Investors interested in Coyotes
Arizona Republic | Mar 29