The deadline for Greg Jamison to close on the Coyotes ownership deal was January 31st. That day has now come and gone, with no deal done. This latest failed deadline is just another frustrating day for Coyotes fans as they hope the Coyotes will soon have an owner that will keep the team in Glendale and Jobing.com Arena. In a statement by the Coyotes President and COO Mike Nealy, he says that "there is no set timetable, hopefully it will be soon". He goes on to thank the fans for their support of the Coyotes through this situation that has gone on for years now, "We know it's been difficult and we appreciate their support."
As a fan of the Coyotes since they moved to Phoenix from Winnipeg in 1996, this latest stumbling block in the process of keeping the team in Glendale is annoying more than anything. We've heard about the team moving back to Canada for years now, and Greg Jamison was supposed to be that guy that kept the franchise in Arizona. Glendale built them a new arena, along with a beautiful community where there used to be absolutely nothing. The Cardinals moved in right alongside the Coyotes to University of Phoenix Stadium, and even the White Sox and Dodgers now share arguably the best Cactus League facility just down the street at Camelback Ranch. The Coyotes need to stay in Glendale. It's the city they built.
Last year the Coyotes finally did some winning. They won their first division title in franchise history (including the Winnipeg days), and made it to the Western Conference Finals where they eventually lost to the LA Kings. The fans came out in huge numbers last year, and this was the year to capitalize on them being the most successful franchise in Arizona as far as winning is concerned over the last several years. But yet again, their shooting themselves in the foot by not getting this ownership deal down with the Jamison group, the City of Glendale, and the NHL. Let's hope they figure it out soon and keep this team in Glendale!