I can dig what Glendale is going for here. If my city were footing the bill for an NHL team it couldn’t afford I’d like to not have the team named after a different city.

So…the Arizona Coyotes it shall (likely) be!

From “Sports Document’s.com, this:

One of the quirks of the draft arena management deal (the City of Glendale, where the Coyotes play, will be paying the Jamison group $320 million over 20 years to run the rink), requires the new team owner to change the franchise’s name, so long as said move is “commercially reasonable”:

I’ve never been a fan of team names that involve a state or province rather than a city, but I can see why the City of Glendale, which has been bleeding taxpayers for years to keep NHL hockey on life support in the desert, wouldn’t want another city’s name in the title. And considering the negativity surrounding this franchise for so long, it probably isn’t a bad idea to shake things up a bit.

Thankfully, the deal will also likely mean the end of the worst rink name in professional sports, “Jobing.com Arena.”

The article lists another bit of legalese that basically explains that it’s up to Jamison to find a new arena sponsor (my understanding is that these aren’t exactly easy to come by these days).

So, a fresh start then. Some stability, maybe a new uni…maybe the name change will mark a turning point for the franchise!

On the other hand…maybe not.


[Tangent: Check out where the arena is located in the picture above. That's the football stadium (spaceship) at the back, then the arena, then the plaza, then a movie theatre (which makes it so they can't charge for parking). Crazy rural, hey? that shocked me the first time I went there.]

Comments (12)

  1. Very cool that the Coyotes could get a slight makeover. Also not a fan of “State Name” “Team Name”, but can’t blame Glendale for wanting the change.

    Also, as far as how rural that whole complex is…..super surprising. Our rec league team went to an ice tournament held at the Coyote’s practice rink (Ice House?) and attended a game vs the Sharks. I was surprised at how far out everything was located. What sucks about that is the whole complex/arena is awesome! I would love seeing games there, but if an AZ resident….definitely would not like the drive.

  2. Going to have to argue that ”Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium” (U of Louisville) is a worse name than Jobing.com Arena …

  3. For what it’s worth, I think the name “Arizona Coyotes” is pretty fantastic (despite not being a fan of “state/province name” teams).

    Still: I’d be interested in hearing some proposed names for the team.

    The Glendale ____’s?

  4. Arizona Coyotes sounds awful. If you’re going to change the location name, don’t force the team name on it. That team could probably use a full re-branding anyways.

  5. As long as they don’t change the colours and home/away jerseys, I don’t mind. But the jerseys are some of the best looking in the NHL right now, would be sad to see them change.

  6. Worst named rink, but for anyone who has been to it the facility itself and surrounding (Vegas like) area of the rink are all first class. If only, if only, the location they built it had been better.

    • Agreed. I went to college in the Valley and Glendale is a long way from the epicenter of commerce and entertainment. I went to lots of games, but the long drive made me limit those events. If they had built the arena East of HWY 17 it would’ve cost a lot more but brought a better ROI.

      PHX loves a winning team, and all of the sport franchises see this; save for the Cardnals that get away with sub par play because of a shorter season and a town full of non residents & snow birds. Youth hockey is not irrelevant there either as there are a few very nice facilities around. The major problem that valley has is a poor economic standing. The upside down housing market and high unemployment rates are not unique to PHX, but maintaining a 6th team is difficult (MLB, NFL, NBA, NCAAF, NCAAB, then on a good season NHL).

  7. The Phoenix Coyotes of Glendale!

  8. I liked the arena when it was just called Glendale Arena. Goign to “The Job” 41 nights a season seems too much like going to work.

    I agree with Devils. ‘The Phoenix Coyotes of Glendale” :D :D

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