What does the Tempe election outcome mean for Phoenix's lawsuit against its neighbor?

Published: Wednesday, May 17, 2023 - 11:21am
Updated: Wednesday, May 17, 2023 - 12:01pm
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Lawyers for the Arizona Coyotes wrote that if a Phoenix lawsuit over the team’s proposed development near Sky Harbor Airport is successful, the future of pro hockey in Arizona will be over.

What happens next in the court case is unclear now that Tempe voters have rejected the project.

The line is in the penultimate paragraph of the Coyotes' final push before Election Day to intercede in Phoenix’s lawsuit against Tempe.

Oral arguments are tentatively scheduled for next week.

Phoenix says it hopes Tempe will take actions to resolve the dispute over housing in the now voter-rejected entertainment district with a new Coyotes arena.

Lawyers for the Coyotes did not answer if they will withdraw their request to intervene in the lawsuit.

Court records don’t even list an attorney representing Tempe in the case.

The city canceled a news conference planned for the day after the election.

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