Sunday, April 17, 2011

The unasked question...

There is a lot of talk lately about the Phoenix Coyotes Jets coming back to Winnipeg but no one seems to be thinking about the negative effect that this will have on the Arizona economy. Now before you all throw statistics at me about how few people go to the games and that the Coyotes aren't helping the economy in the first place (and certainly not if the City of Glendale has to bail them out), think about this: what about all the Canadians that will sell their homes in Arizona and either stay in Winnipeg for the winter so they can get their hockey fix or move to another southern US city to support a different failing hockey team.

Arizona has already suffered quite badly from the housing market crash, will the Coyotes leaving be the final nail in the coffin?

Okay, who am I kidding, I don't really care either way. I personally don't fully grasp why it's such a big deal to have to pay twice as much (or more) to go see a hockey game than we do right now. Clearly I am not the biggest hockey fan in the city. Although, that being said, I like to take in a Moose game every now and again and I'm cautiously optimistic that all of these Jets fanatics will pay the high ticket prices year in and year out like they say they will.  I also feel a little bad for the Moose; it's like your boyfriend telling you that they like you and all, but hey, if the head cheerleader ever asks him out he'll forget your name before the words are out of her mouth.  Are all these supposed hockey fans really just sitting at home pouting that we don't have the NHL instead of coming to watch the Moose?  Shouldn't the arena be sold out for every game right now?

 Never mind what happens if they aren't allowed to be called the Jets again...

Okay. That's it. I just felt obligated to comment on it because it's such a hot topic around the water cooler these days. Eventually I'll do a post about Ikea and the Stadium to complete my bandwagon jumping.


  1. but no one seems to be thinking about the negative effect that this will have on the Arizona economy

    It's tearing me up inside, really.

  2. See, clearly upsetting! ;) Needed an attention grabbing intro, if only there was a font for sarcasm...

    *makes mental note to invent one and make millon$

  3. Trust me.

    For those in the know, it's a blessing in disguise for the residents of Glandale, AZ if the deal falls through and the team moves to Winnipeg.

  4. For what it's worth, the actual Moose players probably pray every night that they will get a callup to the NHL, so any lack of devotion to the Moose on the part of the fans runs both ways!

    But really, the effect on Arizona's economy of losing the Coyotes will be trivial at best. As Purple Rod alluded, not having to pony up millions of dollars to give to a buyer who promises to keep the team in Glendale will be a benefit in the long run. In all seriousness, Winnipeg is doing them a favour.

  5. Snowbirds will not sell their homes.

    It is simple deduction. With such poor attendance *every single game* there is no evidence to suggest that all the Winnipegger-Phoenix homeowners actually go to games.

    They don't go all the way down there for hockey. They go for nice weather. It's not just Phoenix either it is a slew of other cities.

    Meanwhile, one of Gary Bettman's favourite go-to cities for potential NHL team relocation is Las Vegas. Which has I believe the worst foreclosure rate in the whole country. Where Las Vegas is dependent on tourism, Phoenix is not. And certainly not Glendale...or any other fringe 'burb of the 5+ million metro.