Judge upholds vote on Coyotes deal

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By Natalie Rivers By Natalie Rivers

PHOENIX (AP) -- A judge has upheld the Glendale City Council's vote on a lease agreement with a prospective owner of the Phoenix Coyotes.
Maricopa County Superior Court Judge Dean Fink rejected a claim by conservative watchdog group Goldwater Institute that the city should have had open bidding on arena operations for Jobing.com Arena rather than accept an offer from former San Jose Sharks CEO Greg Jamison.
Fink previously ruled on June 19 that an emergency clause in the ordinance was not in effect, allowing for a possible referendum on the deal. Plaintiffs in the case have been gathering votes in hopes of putting the deal on the ballot.
The Glendale City Council voted 4-2 in favor of a 20-year, nearly $325 million lease agreement with Jamison on June 8.