Two days into the brave new world of Glendale terminating the Arizona Coyotes‘ lease, and the first lawsuit has been announced! Let’s listen in:
“What Glendale did is outrageous, irrational and cannot be condoned,” Bettman said.
Wait, sorry, that’s the first Gary Bettman press statement. Let’s see, lawsuit, lawsuit, here we go:
After the meeting, attorney Nicholas Wood said the team would file for injunctive relief and a temporary restraining order, and file a $200 million lawsuit against the City.
Filing for an injunction? Makes sense. TRO? Also makes sense, especially since that’s just another form of injunction. Seeking $200 million in damages? That seems like it was just pulled out of somebody’s butt as a nice round number. (Glendale doesn’t even owe the Coyotes owners $200 million remaining on its lease subsidy deal, and in any event if a judge rules that the lease can’t be broken, the Coyotes still get that money.)
So where did the Coyotes get that number? Here’s a tweet from Wood that doesn’t shed any light on it, and here are articles from Yahoo! and NBC Sports that don’t either, and the Arizona Republic, and — okay, everyone is just repeating the one thing that Wood said without any more information, so we can stop looking now. I’d call the Coyotes myself, but it’s like 3 in the morning there (note: time zones not actually to scale), so it will have to remain a mystery for now.
Let’s see, what else we got today? Any more big round numbers pulled out of butts?
I think one of the consequences could be no NHL expansion team in Las Vegas, at least not in the near term. Same thing with expanding to Seattle. The league presumably would have to add two teams to keep a balanced schedule. After all, how could commissioner Gary Bettman add two more franchises to the 30-team league while there is so much uncertainty over the state of the Arizona franchise?
That could mean the NHL says goodbye to the $500 million expansion fee it was reportedly looking to get for each expansion team. adding a team in Las Vegas. That works out to $33 million per owner down the drain for the time being.
Yeah, that’s the stuff. I feel like I should chime in with some giant numbers of my own — maybe how much the newspaper industry in Arizona will suffer if this Coyotes saga ever finally drags to a conclusion — but the “billion” key on my laptop is broken.