Some time during the Glendale City Councils executive session on Tuesday afternoon, the coalition of council members in favor of a Jobing.com Arena lease deal with Renaissance Sports and Entertainment (RSE) fell apart.They lost faith in all of the information they'd been comfortable with -- swayed by a communications blitz of repackaged concerns spearheaded by Mayor Jerry Weiers.
There was no way the council could produce deal points for a one-week public vetting prior to a July 2 vote because there was no deal. The deal was dead.
Meanwhile, just out of a series of meetings with the NHL in New York, one of RSEs principals, Anthony LeBlanc, was celebrating his 43rd birthday when he got the news. Feeling betrayed and utterly spent after a lengthy effort to buy the Phoenix Coyotes, LeBlanc instructed his attorneys to pull his arena-lease bid off the table.
With Renaissance out of the picture, less than two days before the NHL Board of Governors was due to meet, the fate of the Phoenix ...