• Loading stock data...
Tuesday, April 16, 2024
  • -
  • -
  • -
  • -

Coyotes Arena Ballot Measures Fall Short

  • Tempe voters reject three ballot measures on Coyotes' proposed $2.1B arena project forward.
  • Meanwhile, four groups submit bids for Ottawa Senators ahead of Monday deadline.
The final bids for the Ottawa Senators are do Monday as the Phoenix Coyotes prepare for crucial special election over planned arena.
Jean-Yves Ahern-USA TODAY Sports/Arizona Coyotes

Tempe voters chose to leave landfill as is instead of the Arizona Coyotes’ proposed privately funded $2.1 billion arena project.

None of the three ballot measures in the mail-in special election passed, according to the unofficial results released Tuesday night. None of the measures received more than 44% “yes” votes.

Coyotes President and CEO Xavier A. Gutierrez said in a statement that the next move for the franchise “will be evaluated by our owners and the National Hockey League over the coming weeks.”

The Coyotes have called the Phoenix area home since the franchise relocated from Winnipeg after the 1995-96 season — and the franchise never found a foothold. The Coyotes moved out of downtown Phoenix for Glendale in 2003 where the team languished, and went bankrupt under former owner Jerry Moyes in 2009.

Despite those issues, NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman remained hesitant over allowing the team to relocate.

“The National Hockey League is terribly disappointed by the results of the public referenda regarding the Coyotes’ arena project in Tempe,” Bettman said in a statement. “We are going to review with the Coyotes what the options might be going forward.”

After a falling out with Glendale, the team played the most recent season at Arizona State’s 5,000-seat Mullet Arena

Billionaire Cuban-American Alex Meruelo purchased the Coyotes in 2019 for about $300 million.

“We are very disappointed Tempe voters did not approve Propositions 301, 302, and 303,” Gutierrez said. “As Tempe Mayor Corey Woods said, it was the best sports deal in Arizona history. The Coyotes wish to thank everyone who supported our efforts and voted yes.”

The ballot measures dealt with changing Tempe’s general plan to add the project, rezoning and clearing way for the Coyotes to develop the project site.

Senators Sale Update

Six months after the Ottawa Senators went on the market, a least three bids were submitted at the deadline with one of the bids at or above $1 billion, a source told Front Office Sports.

There were six six groups still in the mix before the final bid deadline at the close of business on Monday.

The next step is for Galatioto Sports Partners, the New York-based firm tapped to handle the sale, to review all the proposals.

According to a source, one of the bids submitted was structured in a way that could lead to issues with its viability. It’s not clear which group hit $1 billion or the which will be busy in the interim trying to address questions with its bid as the vetting process ramps up.

The Ottawa Sun’s Bruce Garrioch reported the following groups submitted bids:

  • Toronto businessman Steve Apostolopoulos, who was interested in the Washington Commanders 
  • Billionaire Montreal Canadiens minority owner Michael Andlaue
  • Former Pittsburgh Penguins minority owners Jeffrey and Michael Kimel
  • Los Angeles-based businessman Neko Sparks, whose group includes rapper Snoop Dogg

A final announcement on a winning bidder likely won’t arrive for several days. Galatioto Sports declined comment on Monday.

It was clear last week that actor Ryan Reynolds wouldn’t be among those submitted a final bid as his group withdrew from the process.

Sacramento Kings owner Vivek Ranadivé also had interest in the Sens.

Editor’s note: This story was updated late on May 16 with the unofficial election results.

Copy Link
Link Copied
Link Copied

What to Read

The Yankees’ Radio Voice Retires, Ending an Era of Longevity

The longtime Yankees radio announcer was an industry outlier in many respects.

Knicks’ Resurgence Marks Peak in Dolan’s Sports Domain

The team’s on-court success is fueling a series of gains off it.

States Want Tax Reform As Ohtani’s Deal Deferrals Stir Controversy

California legislators heighten their push for new tax rules around deferred compensation.

Wrexham, Leverkusen Write Hollywood Stories

The guaranteed payoff for Wrexham is modest but still significant.
podcast thumbnail mobile
Front Office Sports Today

Inside the Most-Hyped WNBA Draft in History


Featured Today

Women’s Basketball Finally Has a TV Deal to Match the Excitement. Now What?

A lucrative new media-rights contract could rectify problems of the past, but the future of March Madness media rights is anyone’s guess.
Mar 16, 2024; Washington, D.C., USA; North Carolina State Wolfpack forward DJ Burns Jr. (30) cuts the net after defeating the North Carolina Tar Heels for the ACC Conference Championship at Capital One Arena.
April 6, 2024

How Two College Seniors Helped DJ Burns Cash In on a Final Four Run

Two college seniors are facilitating deals for NC State’s big man.
Mar 31, 2024; Portland, OR, USA; NCAA officials measure the three point line while coaches from the Texas Longhorns and NC State Wolfpack watch with referees in the finals of the Portland Regional of the NCAA Tournament at the Moda Center center.
April 1, 2024

NCAA Has No One to Blame for Latest Women’s March Madness Transgressions

NCAA is still making avoidable mistakes three years after a complete overhaul.
Nov 16, 2015; Bloomington, IN, USA; General view of the championship banners at Assembly Hall prior to the game between Austin Peay and Indiana.
March 31, 2024

How to Make It in Basketball: Become a Manager at Indiana

Inside the Hoosiers’ unglamorous, profoundly rewarding incubator for basketball’s biggest names.


Powered By

Careers in Sports

Looking for a new job? Check out these featured listings and search for openings all over the world.
Multiple - USA Careers
Multiple - USA Careers
Dunham's Sports
Multiple - USA Careers

Salt Lake City About to Land NHL’s Coyotes (Minus Their Name)

Salt Lake City’s NHL franchise will have a new name.
April 10, 2024

WNBA Has New Commercial Partner: Over-the-Counter Birth Control

WNBA teams up with FDA-approved over-the-counter birth control.
Ken Goldin
April 10, 2024

Goldin Auctions Acquisition by eBay Sparks Showdown With Fanatics

The online giant acquires the prominent high-end sports memorabilia auction house.

Rapid Returns: How Technology Is Getting You Back to Your Seat

How Oracle’s POS technology is helping fans get back to their seats faster.
April 8, 2024

WNBA Commish Wants New Media-Rights Deal to Double Old One

The media-rights deal expires in 2025 to coincide with the Caitlin Clark effect.
April 4, 2024

WTA Finals Latest Sporting Event To Take Saudi Millions

Players can still wear normal attire, WTA says.
April 4, 2024

Taking a Toll: NYC Marathon Bridge Dispute Spotlights Debate Over Public Support for Sports

A local transportation authority demands money from organizers of the TCS New York City Marathon.
April 3, 2024

ATP-WTA Merger Talks Stalling Potential Tennis Expansion in U.S.

Saudi money could bring the tours together with a $2 billion bid.