The Pheonix Coyotes were in the need of a new arena deal to remain in Glendale, AZ, and it hinged on a city council vote. On Friday, the Glendale city council voted 4-2 in favor of the arena management fee that will allow the Coyotes to remain in Arizona for around another 20 years.
There are still some obstacles that remain with the deal however, as Jess Root of SB Nation Arizona points out:
It was not without its obstacles. The Goldwater Institute, which has been fighting through the entire process, lost a petition in court to keep the vote from happening, but it vows to challenge the vote, claiming that the city had a backroom deal.
"We absolutely will challenge this vote," said Carrie Ann Sitren, an attorney representing Goldwater. They claim that the city has not been been producing public records according to law.
The NHL still has the matter of officially announcing the approval of Greg Jamison as the new owner as well, since the team is currently run by the league.