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Arizona Coyotes arena deal could be voided

Arizona Coyotes fans at Arena on April 13, 2014
Arizona Coyotes fans at Arena on April 13, 2014
Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images

The Arizona Coyotes might be in a peck of trouble. Last summer the Coyotes were purchased by the ownership group Ice Arizona. According to a Monday, July 22 Arizona Republic Report, Glendale, AZ Mayor Jerry Weiers is asking the state attorney general to investigate a possible secret meeting that may have violated state laws.

The disputed meeting took place last June between attorneys representing Ice Arizona and Glendale Council Members days before the Glendale City Council voted to approve the arena lease agreement with Ice Arizona. The arena lease agreement kept the Arizona Coyotes in Glendale.

Courtesy of the Arizona Republic:
Weiers, who voted against the deal that kept the hockey team in Glendale, said he believes the meeting violated the Arizona's Open Meeting Law and revealed key information to the Coyotes about the city's negotiating position.

"I think it's a clear violation," he said. "That meeting is wrong on so many levels. It's like playing poker and showing your opponents all your cards."

According to Arizona Revises Statutes 38-431.05, which states, “All legal action transacted by any public body during a meeting held in violation of any provision of this article is null and void...”

Simply put the Coyotes arena deal with Glendale could be thrown out and a new deal could be negotiated. To date, and it’s early, there has been no announcement by the Arizona State Attorney General if there will be an investigation. Also, the Arizona Coyotes have not commented on the issue.

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