PHOENIX — A judge has upheld the Glendale City Council’s vote on a lease
agreement with a prospective owner of the Phoenix Coyotes.
Maricopa County Superior Court Judge Dean Fink on Thursday rejected a claim by conservative
watchdog group Goldwater Institute that the city should have had open bidding on
arena operations for Jobing.com Arena rather than accept an offer from former
San Jose Sharks CEO Greg Jamison.
Fink previously ruled on June 19 that an emergency clause in the ordinance was
not in effect, allowing for a possible referendum on the deal. Plaintiffs in the
case have been gathering votes in hopes of putting the deal on the ballot.
The Glendale City Council voted 4-2 in favor of a 20-year, nearly $325 million
lease agreement with Jamison on June 8.