The Arizona Coyotes are here to stay. For how long, no one knows. But for at least the next five years, they’re ours. Oh, and if you’re wondering, that Arizona Coyotes reference was not a misprint. Once Tuesday’s ownership deal is finalized the team’s name will change. The Phoenix Coyotes will be history. So what happened Tuesday? Well, after almost four hours of confusion, inane comments and last-minute negotiations, the Glendale City Council voted 4-3 to approve an arena lease agreement with Renaissance Sports and Entertainment. The vote was no surprise. After a few minutes of debate it was obvious who the four yes votes were and who was voting no. I won’t bore you with the financial details mainly because there’s no way to know whether this will be a good deal for Glendale or a boondoggle. But I’m happy for Coyotes’ players, staff, fans and anyone else who suffered through this mess for four years. Thankfully, it’s over. No more council meetings. No more last-minute snags. Just – and blessedly so – hockey. Will the NHL thrive here in the desert with new and more stable ownership? We’ll see. But at least we don’t have to go through the parade of prospective owners – and Gary Bettman press conferences – that have crossed our paths over the years. That in itself is a relief. I’ll be writing a column Thursday on the deal, its ramifications and what happens next for the Coyotes. But tonight is not a time for analysis. It’s a time to rejoice. Hockey is remaining in the Valley. Seattle isn’t getting our team.
The Coyotes are staying put
Arizona Republic | Jul 3