Tuesday, February 7, 2012

NHL Must Relocate Phoenix Coyotes for the 2012/13 Season

It's time for the NHL to end its failed experiment in Arizona and relocate the Phoenix Coyotes to a market that wants an NHL team.  I don't think the team will be missed by most people in the Phoenix area and the team is draining money from tax payers.

Currently, the Coyotes rank dead last in NHL attendance.  They have drawn the least amount of fans than any other franchise.  Their building has been filled to 68.2 percent capacity (ESPN.com).  The team's total attendance ranks dead last as well.

In fact the Winnipeg Jets who play at the MTS Centre, the building with fewest amount of seats has received 74,000 more patrons than the Phoenix Coyotes.  That's because Winnipeg is filled to 100 percent capacity.  That's pathetic for the the city of Glendale and the Phoenix area.  They don't deserve the Coyotes.

It is time for team to leave the desert of Arizona and go the tundra of Canada.  Then they can change it's name from the Coyotes to the Polar Bears.  All kidding aside.  They should play in a market that loves hockey and that is passionate about the greatest sport on earth.  It's obvious that fans in Arizona don't care about hockey or the NHL.

In case you don't believe me, the Detroit Red Wings, the league's best team and one of the NHL's top draws, were in town to play Phoenix on Monday night.  The game drew only 12,687 fans.  That's a complete and utter disgrace.  The tax payers of Glendale Arizona are footing the bill financially for the team's losses.

I wonder how long, the taxpayers will agree to finance a team that can't even fill the team's building to over 80 percent capacity.  Even that wouldn't be enough in Sportmentary's mind.  they really need to be at the 90 percent range.

The sad thing, is that Phoenix is fighting for a playoff spot.  They're only 2 points out of the 8th and final spot.  They beat Detroit on Monday.  They're playing good hockey and they still can't fill their building.  I wonder what promotions the team is running.  This is pure speculation but Sportmentary wouldn't be surprised if they're almost giving away tickets.  What ever promotions the team's marketing department is doing, they still can't fill the building.

I'm not sure why anyone would want to buy the team and keep it in Glendale.  Buying the team is a recipe for financial disaster.  It's time that the NHL admitted defeat in the desert and decide to relocate the Phoenix Coyotes for the 2012/13 season.

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