Another day, another spat between the Arizona Coyotes and the city of Glendale.
The latest point of contention involves the city’s decision to search for a new arena manager — a job that’s currently held by the Coyotes’ ownership company, IceArizona.
From the Arizona Republic:
Vice Mayor Ian Hugh said Wednesday the city hopes to select an arena manager as early as January and IceArizona will be considered if it responds to the city’s request for proposals.
Coyotes President Anthony LeBlanc said he had expected to begin negotiating with the city on an extension of the two-year agreement, but the city’s sudden move on the request for proposals makes that a moot point.
“The fact that (Glendale) jumped forward … changes the dynamics,” LeBlanc said.
Adding to the above? A long-awaited audit that was released earlier in the week. More on that from Phoenix Business Journal:
An audit released this week of the city of Glendale’s arena deal with the Arizona Coyotes claims problems in verifying the team’s financial losses, and contends the city may have been shortchanged in shared naming-rights and ticket-fee revenue.
The audit also shows the city believes the Coyotes losses might be higher than the $34.8 million the team reported in March.
The Coyotes have just two seasons left on their renegotiated agreement with Glendale. The way things are trending, they may have to look elsewhere for a place to play, be it downtown Phoenix or beyond.