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LETTER SIGNED BY MAYOR OF GLENDALE RAISES QUESTIONS WHILE THE ARIZONA COYOTES PLAY IN FRONT OF FANS

There's somewhat of an odd situation brewing in Arizona causing questions to be raised about the Coyotes allowing fans at their home games. A letter has been posted by media where cities involved in Arizona's Cactus League, which is part of Major League Baseball's spring training, say it would be "wise" to delay the start of games due to the high rate of COVID-19 infections in Arizona's Maricopa County.

While none of that seems odd by itself, one of the cities included is Glendale and the letter is signed by the city's Mayor, David Ortega. For Ortega to include his name in this request is strange considering the Arizona Coyotes are not only playing in Glendale, but allowing fans at Gila River Arena in a limited capacity.

"In view of the current state of the pandemic in Maricopa County -- with one of the nation's highest infection rates -- we believe it is wise to delay the start of spring training to allow for the COVID-19 situation here," reads the letter, first acquired by TV station KPNX in Phoenix. "This position is based on public data from University of Washington's Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation, which projects a sharp decline in infections in Arizona by Mid-March."

Glendale, where the Coyotes play, is located in Maricopa County. Whether or not you agree with fans being allowed to attend hockey games at the moment, it's difficult to understand why these two situations are being handled in such a different way. The letter is asking for games to be delayed entirely, not just disallowing fans to attend these games.


Spring training games are currently scheduled to begin on Feb. 27 in both Arizona and Florida, home of the Grapefruit League. Unless, of course, the request from these officials is accepted.
TIM TUCKER
JANUARY 25, 2021  (15H42)
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