The NHL made it clear once again that the city of Glendale and the potential new owners of the Phoenix Coyotes have until July 2 to agree to an arena deal and if they don't then the team may move. Glendale Mayor Jerry Weiers implied that the July 2 deadline was artificial or forced, which NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly was quick to dismiss.
"He can characterize it the way he wants, but it is what it is," Daly told Fox Arizona. "We either get certainty in Glendale by July 2, or we immediately pursue our other options outside of Glendale. We have already gone past the date we were comfortable accommodating in the first place. I hope for the sake of the Coyotes fans in Glendale that they don’t lose the team because of a miscalculation made by members of the City Council."
The NHL has agreed to sell the Coyotes to Renaissance Sports and Entertainment for $170 million pending an arena deal with Glendale. The league has owned the team since 2009, when they bought the team with the goal of selling it to a local ownership group that would keep the Coyotes in Arizona. The NHL hoped to own the team for only a few months, but four years later, they have set July 2 as a clear deadline or the team could leave the desert.
If the Renaissance and Glendale cannot come to an agreement then the team could move, likely to Seattle. The league has already met with the Seattle mayor and has an agreement to sell the team to an ownership group in Seattle for $220 million if the arena issues in Arizona cannot be sorted out.. The potential Seattle team would play in Key Arena, which seats just 11,000 for hockey, until a new arena is built.