arizona coyotes and glendale should give it another

arizona coyotes and glendale should give it another try.

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let’s just get this out of the way up front and move on.

the arizona legislature has no business creating a special taxing district to help the arizona coyotes build a new hockey arena.

never mind that it’s a bad idea to subsidize hockey. (or, in my view, any sport. but i realize that ship sailed decades ago.)

never mind that it’s a really bad idea to be building sports arenas while schools are falling apart.

never mind that whatever the taxpayers supply is never good enough anyway. (see: chase field.)

it is an exceedingly bad idea to pit one arizona city against another --  or, as it really works out, one group of taxpayers against another.

who's to blame? they're long gone

state rep. anthony kern, r-glendale, speaks at a press

state rep. anthony kern, r-glendale, speaks at a press conference feb. 6, 2017, "to make it clear that the coyotes have a home at gila river arena and that is where they should be playing for years to come." 

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an artist's rendering of a proposed arizona coyotes

an artist's rendering of a proposed arizona coyotes arena in tempe, which would be built in cooperation with arizona state university. 

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arizona coyotes president and ceo anthony leblanc (left)

arizona coyotes president and ceo anthony leblanc (left) and majority owner andrew barroway announce a proposed new arena in tempe in partnership with arizona state university on november 14, 2016. asu backed out of the plan late friday. 

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arizona coyotes president anthony leblanc (right) talks

arizona coyotes president anthony leblanc (right) talks with glendale mayor jerry weiers (left) after a special city council meeting, july 24, 2105, at glendale city hall, 5850 w. glendale avenue, glendale. looking on is coyote's attorney nick wood (center). 

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arizona coyotes president anthony leblanc (right) talks

arizona coyotes president anthony leblanc (right) talks with tom duensing (glendale interim istant city manager) before the start of a special glendale city council meeting, july 24, 2105, at glendale city hall, 5850 w. glendale avenue, glendale. 

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glendale mayor jerry weiers (left) listens during a

glendale mayor jerry weiers (left) listens during a special city council meeting, july 24, 2105, at glendale city hall, 5850 w. glendale avenue, glendale. looking on is councilman jamie aldama. 

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a special glendale city council meeting, july 24, 2105,

a special glendale city council meeting, july 24, 2105, at glendale city hall, 5850 w. glendale avenue, glendale. 

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glendale city attorney michael bailey (left) talks

glendale city attorney michael bailey (left) talks with coyote's attorney nick wood during a special glendale city council meeting, july 24, 2105, at glendale city hall, 5850 w. glendale avenue, glendale. 

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coyote's attorney nick wood speaks during a special

coyote's attorney nick wood speaks during a special glendale city council meeting, july 24, 2105, at glendale city hall, 5850 w. glendale avenue, glendale. 

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arizona coyotes president anthony leblanc speaks during

arizona coyotes president anthony leblanc speaks during special glendale city council meeting, july 24, 2105, at glendale city hall, 5850 w. glendale avenue, glendale. 

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listening to arizona coyotes president anthony leblanc

listening to arizona coyotes president anthony leblanc speak during special glendale city council meeting is mayor jerry weiers (left), councilman jamie aldama (center) and councilman bart turner (right), july 24, 2105, at glendale city hall, 5850 w. glendale avenue, glendale. 

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judge dawn bergin listens to glendale's outside attorney

judge dawn bergin listens to glendale's outside attorney cynthia ricketts during the hearing for arizona coyotes owner icearizona vs. city of glendale at maricopa county superior court on june 29, 2015. 

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icearizona attorney james condo, in front left, talks

icearizona attorney james condo, in front left, talks to attorney patricia refo while, in the background, judge dawn bergin listens to glendale's outside attorney cynthia ricketts during the hearing for icearizona (arizona coyotes) vs. city of glendale at maricopa county superior court on june 29, 2015. 

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judge dawn bergin listens to icearizona attorney james

judge dawn bergin listens to icearizona attorney james condo during the hearing for icearizona (arizona coyotes) vs. city of glendale at maricopa county superior court on june 29, 2015. 

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icearizona attorney james condo goes to his bench after

icearizona attorney james condo goes to his bench after making an argument to judge dawn bergin during the hearing for icearizona (arizona coyotes) vs. city of glendale at maricopa county superior court on june 29, 2015. 

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glendale city attorney michael bailey reacts to icearizona

glendale city attorney michael bailey reacts to icearizona attorney james condo during the hearing for icearizona (arizona coyotes) vs. city of glendale at maricopa county superior court on june 29, 2015. 

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the glendale city council meeting goes into executive

the glendale city council meeting goes into executive session in legal discussions of the arizona coyotes arena deal on tuesday, june 16, 2015 in glendale, az. 

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glendale's interim istant city manager tom duensing

glendale's interim istant city manager tom duensing makes a statement after a closed-door executive session meeting of the glendale city council to discuss legal issues related to the arizona coyotes arena deal on tuesday, june 16, 2015 in glendale, az. 

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coyotes' attorney nick wood speaks to the press alongside

coyotes' attorney nick wood speaks alongside team ceo, co-owner and president anthony leblanc after a court hearing in phoenix on june 12, 2015. the judge granted a temporary injunctionto keep glendale from voiding the team's arena deal. 

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coyotes' attorney nick wood speaks to the press alongside

coyotes' attorney nick wood speaks to the press after a hearing with a judge on june 12, 2015. a day before, he said the coyotes are planning to file claims of $200 million against glendale. 

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coyotes' co-owner anthony leblanc speaks to the press

coyotes president and ceo anthony leblanc says the june 12 temporary injunction against glendale's decision to void the contract with the coyotes is "just to ensure that we continue operating, and we'll continue operating." 

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coyotes' attorney nick wood speaks to the press alongside

anthony leblanc said after the june 12 the court hearing that he would like the legal proceedings to move more quickly but that he was pleased with the outcome of the initial hearing. 

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coyotes' attorney nick wood (l) and coyotes' co-owner

nick wood and anthony leblanc leave the courthouse on june 12, 2015. the next hearing in the dispute between glendale and the coyotes is scheduled for june 29. 

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coyotes' co-owner anthony leblanc speaks to the press

coyotes' anthony leblanc speaks to the press after the initial hearing. glendale's decision to end the arena deal with the coyotes hinges on a state conflict-of-interest law. 

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coyotes' co-owner anthony leblanc speaks to the press

anthony leblanc speaks to the press alongside attorney nick wood after a hearing with a judge outside the courthouse in phoenix, az on june 12, 2015. 

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coyotes' attorney nick wood (l) and coyotes' co-owner

court filings the coyotes unveiled on june 12 claim the coyotes' executives were caught off guard by the city's decision to void its agreement with the team. 

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arizona coyotes attorney nicholas wood, left and president

after the glendale city council voted to back out of the arena agreement during a special council meeting on june 10, 2015, coyotes attorney nick wood and anthony leblanc talk about legal action. 

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arizona coyotes attorney nicholas wood, left and president

however, despite the city council's vote to end the 15-year, $225 million deal with the coyotes, the team has said they want to stay in glendale. 

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coyotes president anthony leblanc warns the glendale

coyotes co-owner and president anthony leblanc warns the glendale council that they are making a mistake in backing out of their agreement with the nhl team during a special council meeting june 10, 2015 in glendale, ariz. 

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john hiscott , right, looks on as coyotes president

john hiscott (right) looks on as the coyotes' anthony leblanc talks during a special glendale council meeting june 10, 2015. at the meeting, the council voted 5-2 to back out of their agreement with the coyotes. 

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arizona coyotes president anthony leblanc warns the

the coyotes said that glendale mayor jerry weiers' claims that fans don't understand the complexity of the arena agreement overstated the intricacies of the situation. 

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arizona coyotes fans chris webb and andrew hill show

coyotes fans chris webb and andrew hill show their support for their team as the glendale council votes to end the city's agreement with the nhl team. 

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we can debate until the cows come home – or a stanley cup resides in arizona – who is to blame for the split between glendale and the coyotes.

the real culprits are no longer around, as city leaders who cut a unrealistically generous deal (read: former mayor elaine scruggs) have been replaced and neophyte team owners who never should have snapped it up (read: developer steve ellman) are long gone.

roberts: coyotes scheme deserves icy response

the city council in 2015 cancelled a deal that city leaders said was a loser for taxpayers. then proved it by finding a new arena manager at close to a third of what the coyotes were being paid. glendale taxpayers not only shelled out $186 million to build a hockey arena but were subsidizing the team’s operation to the tune of roughly $10 million a year.

so now the coyotes are understandably in search of a better deal.

i don’t blame them. but the state of arizona shouldn’t help them by providing so much as a dime in subsidies to help build new digs.

not while glendale taxpayers are stuck with a 145 million debt on this astonishing mess.

the answer is not a third arena

yet sen. bob worsley, r-mesa, is trying to do just that. he's running a bill to create a special taxing district where future tax revenues would be diverted from the state and instead used to help build a hockey arena. the plan was to build it at asu but when the university backed out, worsley announced he would retool the bill to apply to other locations.

i’m guessing worsley wouldn’t be so generous if mesa’s taxpayers were stuck with a m ive debt on a building that becomes an instant white elephant the moment the coyotes skate.

me? i’m with rep. anthony kern on this one.

“this legislation comes down to a simple public-policy question: should taxpayers be asked to pay for a new arena that will directly compete with already existing facilities that taxpayers are still paying off?” the glendale republican asked during a press conference on monday.

the real answer to this mess lies not in taxpayers spending a hundred million or more to help build a third arena in the valley. (and yes, no matter how the coyotes spin it, it is a tax subsidy.)

can this relationship be saved?

the answer is in somebody getting glendale and coyotes president and ceo anthony leblanc to give it another go.

leblanc says he’s committed to arizona but that glendale “simply is no longer an option.”

"glendale's leaders have said on more than one occasion that the city doesn't need the coyotes for the arena to succeed …," he said. "we'd love nothing more than to see glendale's arena succeed financially while the arizona coyotes play in a location that allows our team to succeed as well."

of course, that’s not possible and he knows it.

allhands: don't even think about more stadium cash

meanwhile, glendale’s latest city manager, kevin phelps, says he would “relish the opportunity” to negotiate a long-term deal with the coyotes.

"we've never said we don't want them here," he said.

phelps and leblanc ought to sit down in a room and hash out a plan – one that makes the best of a really bad deal. something neither side would likely celebrate but both could live with.

the problem is, that can’t happen as long as the arizona legislature dangles the prospect of a shiny new arena.

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