I know how hard this situation is on all of us. How hopeless many feel right now. Although everything seems to be coming down to a purely legal battle, we fans still need to voice our opinions and let the NHL, The Coyotes and well, pretty much the world know that we are here and we want to keep our team.
Some of our fanbase has teamed together to start the process of rallying the troops. I hope you will join us in the fan portion of saving our team.
Here is a link to the official Save the Coyotes site and the second link is to a list of groups and people and media that need to hear our voices loud and strong.
We are even getting a rally planned to show that we care.
Hope is not lost. And I hate to sound like a Pollyanna but it is true. Hopefully we can make a difference. Spread the word to your family and friends (even if they aren't hockey mad, they can make a difference to many businesses and others who will also lose out if the Coyotes were moved).
Thank you for listening and if you have contacts or talents you would like to volunteer please feel free to contact the Coalition Team. we appreciate your help however you can.
The Coalition are in the process of finalizing an agreement with a local radio station to not only be at the event but to broadcast the details all over the valley this whole week and devoting some exclusive air time to the movment.
We will keep this thread distinct from the general financial thread as long as it stays distinct topically. I think this is a great idea, want it to work, and will do everything I can to keep this thread clean, but that's a general warning to everyone.
Can I ask why it's been suggested that we email our State Legislators? They can't intervene in this matter. It's outside their realm.
Is it really? Anything that affects Phoenix, Glendale et al and the tax base/ revenues of Arizona is worth their attention. Westgate and every surrounding business will be affected by having an empty arena to some degree. You can bet they are keeping a weather eye on the situation. They may not have any influence on the court proceedings but you can bet they have influence with the Cities managers, mayors and council persons.
Ducks fan here, and I'm really pulling for you. I have some friends in the Phoenix area and I sent them the info for the rally, so at least you'll have three to four extra people there. Stay strong guys!
Here's what I sent to my State Rep and two State Sens:
Dear Rep. Waring and State Sens. Barnes and Barto,
I hope you will be inundated in the coming days and weeks with e-mails and phone calls from folks like me who are mad as hell about the attempt to wrest the National Hockey League's Phoenix Coyotes away from the Valley and move them to Southern Ontario, Canada.
There may not be hundreds of thousands of hockey fans here YET, but the more than 14,800 who make the trek to Glendale for each of the more than 40 games each season do not deserve this fate. Never has a professional sports team been moved to a new city with a new owner without league approval, yet that is exactly what a Canadian businessman is attempting to do.
The National Hockey League is fully supporting keeping the team in Arizona and in Glendale. Local ownership groups have been identified and one was putting the finishing touches on an offer that would keep the team here, according to NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman who was in Phoenix to finalize the deal. Before it could be presented our Canadian neighbor swooped in with an offer to buy contingent on moving the team. He seeks to circumvent long-standing rules and bylaws that have been responsible for the NHL growing from a $400M league concentrated in the Northern US and Canada in the early 1990s, to a $2.6B league which has brought franchises to 24 US cities.
Losing the Coyotes will be devastating not only to local hockey fans, but to the local economy. Thousands of snowbirds from the US and Canada that call Arizona home November through March, likely spend less time and money here if there #1 sport is no longer available. Same holds true for Spring Training visitors who take in baseball by day, dine and shop at Westgate late afternoon and evening, then stroll to Jobing.com for a Coyotes game.
I cannot tell you how many people I have met over the years as a Coyotes season ticket holder who are in town for the winter and spring who were thrilled to be able to add hockey to their holiday schedule, and get to enjoy their home team in another city.
We are very blessed to have all four major sports represented in this Valley, along with a pre-eminent college sports program at ASU. Losing any one of these jewels puts a black mark on Phoenix as sports community.
Finally, and maybe more importantly, the City of Glendale's taxpayers put up more than $180M in taxpayers funds to build one of the finest hockey arenas anywhere in North America with the assurance the Coyotes would be here for years to come. Westgate Center to the north, and University of Phoenix Stadium to the south comprise one of the finest sporting, shopping, and dining venues anywhere. And taxpayers will be left holding the bag if this legal end-run succeeds in stealing our team away.
I ask that each of you go on record in opposition to this attempt to move the Coyotes from Phoenix. We waited too long to get a hockey franchise, and we deserve the same chance as every other NHL city has received: time to allow local ownership the opportunity to build a winning team, a winning tradition, and a loyal fan-base. It took the Suns, Cardinals, and Diamondbacks years to get there, and we're so close. Please help us win this fight.
City, State, Zip,
I wont be able to attend becuase I freaking work that day. I was wondering though if in the end the team does end up moving if the people of Glendale could sue Moyes. He's pretty much committed fraud upon the people who built his arena.