In 2013, the Phoenix suburb of Glendale entered into an agreement that it would pay the Coyotes $15 million a year for 15 years to not only play games at Gila River Arena, but also manage daily operations there. With the city losing upwards of $8 million per year on the deal, council members hastily called a meeting Wednesday, at which they voted to cancel that lease, based on a loophole.
Council members, who voted 4-3, cited a state statute that permits a government to cancel an agreement that is less than three years old, if someone who helped negotiate the agreement for that government subsequently takes a job with the other party. The Coyotes hired former Glendale attorney Craig Tindall as general counsel in 2013, but according to the Arizona Republic, he had already left his municipal position before the city began negotiating with IceArizona, the investment group that owns the team ... read more: Future of Phoenix Coyotes is uncertain after Glendale votes to cancel lease agreement - The Washington Post
... third time might be the charm for Atlanta except they might be running out of names for the team, .
I think anyone, anyone at all, could do better than 'Thrashers' or 'Flames'
When they had the "Flames" I used to think, "didn't anyone recall the history of Atlanta being burnt down prior to naming the team? I mean, nobody's ever seen 'Gone With the Wind' for crissake?", .
Holy crap, that's hilarious! I never made that connection.
The Atlanta franchise was awarded to Tom Cousins, who also owned the Atlanta Hawks basketball team, and would play out of the Omni Coliseum. The team cost $6 million. Cousins named the franchise the Flames in homage to the burning of Atlanta by U.S. Army general William Sherman during the American Civil War.
Oh geez! So that was intentional? ... what if it started a trend? "Name your professional sports team after/in honor of the biggest catastrophe in it's history"? .