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Goldwater Institute fires back after Bettman's comments

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TSN.ca Staff
3/9/2011 7:50:43 PM
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A day after Gary Bettman criticized the Goldwater Institute as having "placed a cloud on the bonds" that he feels are necessary to keep the Coyotes in Phoenix, the independent government watchdog has issued a response.

The Institute commented on Bettman's accusation that by halting the sale of public bonds, Goldwater was ultimately blocking the sale of the Coyotes to Chicago businessman Matthew Hulsizer.

"It sounds like Commissioner Bettman is playing a game of his own: hide the ball," said Goldwater Institute president Darcy Olsen in a statement on the organization's website.

Olsen referred to her organization's outstanding public information requests on the Coyotes' proposed deal. The Institute noted that the City of Glendale has been under court order since July 2009 to provide records to Goldwater involving the NHL's proposed sale of the team, but the city has delayed the multiple requests and has told its attorneys to "ignore" them.

"We will not stop this investigation until this information comes to light," Olsen added.

The NHL currently owns the Coyotes, and is trying to complete a deal that will sell the team to Hulsizer and keep the team in Phoenix. The team has lost money every season since moving south from Winnipeg in 1995.

The Goldwater Institute is demanding transparency for the more than $100 million in tax dollars that are involved in the Coyotes' proposed sale.

Gary Bettman in Phoenix (Photo: The Canadian Press)

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