Phoenix Coyotes deal with Glendale debated in court

The battle over the Phoenix Coyotes moved from the ice to the courthouse today as attorneys argued over whether the city of Glendale illegally approved a new lease for the team.

The Goldwater Institute is seeking a preliminary injunction on the deal that could keep the Coyotes in Glendale for the next 20 years and the judge has already issued a partial ruling.

“The judge already decided voters can refer the ordinance to the ballot,” said Goldwater attorney Carrie Ann Sitren.

The Goldwater Institute is already claiming a partial victory. The judge requested part of the language in Glendale’s lease agreement with Greg Jamison, the likely Phoenix Coyotes buyer, be changed.

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