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Watchdog group plans to sue over Coyotes deal

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PHOENIX (AP) - A Phoenix watchdog group says it will sue the city of Glendale if the proposed deal to sell the NHL's Phoenix Coyotes to Chicago businessman Matthew Hulsizer is completed.

The conservative Goldwater Institute announced Tuesday it believes Glendale's hockey deal would illegally subsidize a private business and put taxpayers at risk.

The city aims to sell bonds to pay Hulsizer $100 million. In return, Glendale would get the right to charge for parking during Jobing.com Arena events to pay the bond debt. The city also would pay Hulsizer $97 million over the next five years to manage the arena.

The institute charges that the deal violates the state Constitution, which they said bans Arizona governments from giving or loaning its credit to subsidize any individual, association or corporation.

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