That’s Cold! NHL Team Was On The Verge Of Being Locked Out Of Their Arena For Not Paying Bills And Taxes.

FILE - A couple walks past the Gila River Arena, home of the Arizona Coyotes NHL hockey club, March 12, 2020, in Glendale, Ariz. The Coyotes are all caught up on their bills. No eviction necessary. The hockey team in the desert paid off its overdue bills on Thursday, Dec. 9, 2021, a day after receiving word that the City of Glendale was going to lock them out of their arena if they didn't get caught up. Glendale city manager Kevin Phelps sent a letter on Wednesday informing the Coyotes they owe $1.3 million, including $250,000 to the city. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin, file)

You couldn’t see this happening to the Yankees.  Or Lakers.  Or Rams. But the Arizona Coyotes? Yeah, it does kind of make sense.

The franchise has been in some sort of state of disfunction for two decades, and their latest embarrassment may have made all-time sports history. 

On Wednesday, the city of Glendale, Arizona, informed the Arizona Coyotes that they would be locked out of the city-owned Gila River Arena if their outstanding debts and the tax bill weren’t taken care of by December 20. 

Wow, it’s incredible what a move like that has the potential to do.  First thing Thursday, the team wired $1.4 million to cover unpaid state and city taxes owed by the team’s parent company, Ice Arizona. 

So the team literally would not have been allowed to play in their arena if this hadn’t been taken care of. 

You might be wondering how the heck something like this could happen.  Well, the team said it was human error—an oversight. 

“We have already launched an investigation to determine how this could have happened, and the initial indications are that it appears to be the result of an unfortunate human error.  Regardless, we deeply regret the inconvenience this has caused. We will make sure by tomorrow morning, the Arizona Coyotes are current on all of our bills and owe no state or local taxes whatsoever. And we will take immediate steps to ensure nothing like this can ever possibly happen again.” 

Read through the lines on that statement, and it looks like the company Christmas party might be uncomfortable for someone. 

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