[COMMENTARY] Glendale will continue to tilt at slot machines

By Laurie Roberts

The Arizona Republic

It took just 22 minutes for the Glendale City Council to agree to shell out $180 million to build an arena for the Phoenix Coyotes. City leaders had spent the previous weekend urging then-Coyotes owner Steve Ellman to dump Scottsdale — where skeptical city officials weren’t buying his pitch — and come west.

In a flash, Glendale’s dazzling dreams of hockey grandeur were coming true.

“It truly is a historical event,” a beaming Glendale Mayor Elaine Scruggs said that April evening in 2001.

Turns out Scruggs was right.

Eleven years later, the city is in a financial hole of historic proportion as a result of its sports-crazed leaders.

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