NHL commissioner Gary Bettman is asking the Arizona Legislature to pass a bill - Senate Bill 1149 - that would provide public funds for a new arena for the Coyotes.
In a letter submitted Tuesday, Bettman maintained the Greater Phoenix region represents a "strong hockey market which we are proud to have included in the NHL." At the same time, however, the current home arena situation is untenable at best.
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 have have tried everything imaginable to make the Glendale location financial sustainable. Our combined efforts have all 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.
On Feb. 3, Arizona State University pulled the plug on a proposed new home for the Coyotes in Tempe.
The passing of Bill SB 1149 would open up $225 million in public funds for a $395-million arena project in the East Valley area of Phoenix.
In the meantime, the Coyotes remain on a year-to-year lease at Gila River Arena.