From KOMO-TV in Seattle, Mike McGinn says,
“The good news is the NHL views Seattle as a good NHL market – and that’s great news – but as to whether we end up with the team in the near future, a lot of things would have to break against Glendale, and all expectations are that they’re working their way toward a deal,” McGinn said.”
Sly James told the KC Star,
“But if it’s going to be something that is more risk than we possibly want to take on, let’s not do that. ”
“Let me ask you this,” (Sly) James said. “Which would you rather have, the Pittsburgh Penguins or the Phoenix Coyotes? Who do you think would make more money for the city in the long run?”
McGinn doesn’t seem to be concerned about risk. Heck, McGinn doesn’t even have an arena that is losing money. Oh, wait, Sprint Center isn’t losing money, but the attached P&L district is slowly bleeding the city dry.
Yes, McGinn admits that the chances of the Coyotes are slim. He’s just setting low expectations. We’ll know in about 36 hours, but the chances the Coyotes move are no longer slim. I’d say they are closer to 50/50 and that’s not “slim”. At least McGinn says who he has talked to rather than using “They”.
So, let’s recap.
McGinn patiently pursuing a team to play in an arena not even configured for hockey. Ever seen Key Arena for hockey? It’s as bad as America West Arena was for the first few years of the Coyotes.
James not pursuing a team for an arena that was built on a hotel/rental car tax that used “we promise to bring a NHL/NBA team to the arena” as a campaign platform. Nice.
You know, former Kansas City Chiefs football coach John Makovic loved to respond to reporters’ questions by saying “Who’s ‘they’?” when asked questions like, “They say your team is struggling because of quarterback play”. I’d love to have Makovic around next time Sly says “They said, it’s not a great deal for you, like you might hope.”
Please remember, I like Sly James. I think he’s doing a good job as Kansas City’s Mayor. But, he’s whiffing on this opportunity like Bob Hamelin after he won the Rookie of the Year.