It’s been almost four months since Greg Jamison’s attempt to buy the Phoenix Coyotes crashed and burned, and things have been mostly quiet out of Glendale ever since. But cheer up, Coyotes fiasco fans, because the NHL has found yet another ownership group willing to pretend it’s going to buy the Coyotes, so long as it gets a buttload of lease subsidies from Glendale as part of the deal. The new owners: a group called Renaissance Sports and Entertainment, which is headed by Anthony Leblanc of Ice Edge, the Canadian group that tried to buy the Coyotes back in 2010 before revealing it didn’t have enough money, plus George Gosbee, who runs one of those investment firms where it’s impossible for normal humans to understand exactly what it is they do.
Leblanc and Gosbee, as has been the case with all past propsective Coyotes ownership groups, only want the team if they can get a new lease in which Glendale plays their team to play there. The deal that Jamison got approved last year would have provided about $15 million a year in city cash to the team; the new group is likely looking for something similar, but several members of the newly elected city council have said that they’re only willing to consider $6 million a year. And, of course, the new mayor is Jerry “Glendale is not your cash register” Weiers.
So, don’t expect any of this to get settled anytime soon, is what I’m saying. But then, this is the Coyotes here, so presumably you already knew that.