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Potential Coyotes' owner Jamison asks for extension

Glendale, AZ (Sports Network) - Greg Jamison, who had a provisional deal in place to purchase the Phoenix Coyotes, has asked the City of Glendale for more time to complete the long-awaited transaction.

That's according to the Arizona Republic, which reported on Thursday that a lawyer representing Jamison contacted Glendale mayor Jerry Weiers late Wednesday to ask for an extension.

Weiers told the paper that when questioned, he refused to extend the deadline further, adding Jamison has not spoken to him about the situation. In addition, Weiers revealed two unnamed groups also contacted him about purchasing the Coyotes if Jamison was unable to.

In late November. the City of Glendale gave Jamison the green light to take over the beleaguered franchise -- as long as the transaction was complete by 11:59 p.m. Arizona time on Jan. 31 -- after its city council approved a new $320 million arena management deal by a 4-2 vote.

The former chief executive officer of the San Jose Sharks, Jamison has pursued ownership of the troubled club for more than a year. He and the league reached a tentative deal to purchase the former Winnipeg Jets back in early May.

The NHL has retained control of the franchise since November of 2009, purchasing it from Jerry Moyes and rescuing the team from bankruptcy.

01/31 14:48:56 ET

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