Cue more Arizona Coyotes arena drama.
NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman threw his touque into the ring on Tuesday with a letter to the Arizona state legislature regarding the financing for the Coyotes new arena.
The focus of Bettman’s letter is Senate Bill 1149. If passed, it would provide $395-million in public-private funding to get the arena built; with more emphasis on public funds than private.
The Commissioner writes of the league’s desire to keep the club in the greater-Phoenix area and how the current rink in Glendale is not meeting the needs of the franchise.
From Bettman’s letter, provided by KTAR.com (feel free to read it in your best impression of the commish):
“The Greater Phoenix region represents a strong hockey market which we are proud to have included in the NHL. With that said, let me be abundantly clear: the Coyotes’ current location in Glendale at Gila River Arena is not economically capable of supporting a successful NHL franchise. For the past 15 years, a succession of ownership groups and the League have tried everything imaginable to make the Glendale location financially sustainable. Our combined efforts all have yielded the same result – a consistent economic loss.
The simple truth? The Arizona Coyotes must have a new arena location to succeed. The Coyotes cannot and will not remain in Glendale.“
[Emphasis is his own.]