In what has been interpreted as the last best hope of keeping the NHL in Arizona, the voters in Tempe on Tuesday voted down three propositions that would fund an arena to house the Coyotes after years of struggling to find a permanent in and around the city of Phoenix.
Statement from NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman regarding the results of the arena vote in Tempe, Arizona. pic.twitter.com/MVL3AUWP7R
— NHL Public Relations (@PR_NHL) May 17, 2023
The referendum was voted down 56 to 44%, throwing the state of the league’s most troubled franchise into question. The NHL has stubbornly chosen to keep the Coyotes in Arizona to hopefully benefit from it being in a top-10 television market. It is now possible that Commissioner Gary Bettman will finally consider other options like moving them to Houston or Quebec City.
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