on August 1, 2009 by in Uncategorized, Comments (0)

Judge decides most Coyotes documents remain sealed

PHOENIX (AP) — A judge has ruled that most of the documents detailing talks between Glendale officials and bidders for the bankrupt Phoenix Coyotes will remain sealed.

Maricopa County Superior Court Judge Edward Burke said Friday only 34 of the 322 pages of documents must be made public.

The Goldwater Institute, a conservative watchdog group, has been pressing in court to open all 322 pages of documents. The group claims taxpayers should know whether Glendale will offer money as a deal-sweetener with a new Coyotes owner to keep the NHL team playing at the city-owned arena.

Glendale says such incentives aren’t on the table and the public will be able to review any deal before it goes to the City Council for a vote.