EDIT: Just saw Brandon's post and I agree that this Seattle thing has legs to it.
A few interesting developments...
On the Seattle side, there appears to be more to this Seattle thing than I initally thought. Apparently the Canucks originally tried to move their AHL affiliate into Key Arena which was denied to keep dates open for another tenant. I believe this was after the Sonics buzz died down, so it was down with the Coyotes in mind. Also, Glenn Healy has said that the deadline is July 2 for Glendale to secure a lease agreement to keep the team. I wouldn't trust him 100% but it's something to keep in mind to see if other media outlets start to report it.
Today, Chris Daniels tweeted a ton of info that makes this seem legit.
"The $220m figure for sale would put Coyotes near middle of pack for franchise evaluations.. @forbes #Seattle.....@forbes says the Coyotes franchise is worth $134m, so $220m would be a nice payday for #NHL"
"BREAKING: Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn acknowledges recent discussions with NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman"
"BREAKING: McGinn says a Hansen rep introduced him to potential Seattle NHL investors two weeks ago."
"BREAKING: NHL investors also met with Seattle City Council members."
"NOW: I can also now confirm Lanza and Bartoszek are the two investors interested in bringing Coyotes to Seattle. #NHL"
"Seattle City Councilmember Tim Burgess confirms meeting with Lanza/Bartoszek, says they were "optimistic and positive" on Seattle. #NHL"
"Seattle City Councilmember Burgess says he believed there was a tentative lease deal on Key Arena, for the fall, for an #NHL team."
Note that Lanza and Bartoszek have some serious money and one of them owns a business in Seattle.
On the Glendale side, this article came out a couple days ago about a Hail Mary Glendale and RSE are trying to pull off. To summarize:
- Glendale and RSE trying to bridge the $9M/yr Arena Management Fee gap ($6M/yr approved vs. $15M/yr sought)
- RSE claims that they found multiple Coyotes related-revenue streams for Glendale that will provide city between $8M-$11M a year
- RSE claims new revenue streams for Glendale will allow for that to be met
- To be presented on Tuesday to Glendale Council, could be voted on 6/25, 6/28, or 7/2
- Need 4/7 votes to pass
I'm very skeptical about those supposed new revenue streams that were found. Seems like the city manager and councilmember Sherwood who is trying to keep the team at all cost are trying to find some sort of last minute deal. I don't think the rest of the council will go for this unless it checks out 100%.
Edited by thefiestygoat, 16 June 2013 - 06:37 PM.