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“It’s a sad day when you put sports, a leisure, in front of our future, which is the kids,” said councilmember Norma Alvarez, who voted against the deal.

The city also was concerned about a $15 million fee to manage Jobing.com Arena.

Glendale budgeted $6 million to operate the arena, but RSE projected between $8.5 and $11 million in revenue from arena naming rights, parking, rent, ticket surcharges and other streams to make up the difference.

RSE added a provision in the deal that called for it to pay the difference if revenues don’t cover the $6 million the city has budgeted to run the arena.

After a council meeting that lasted about four hours, the council voted in favor of the deal despite reservations from some councilmembers.

The partnership with Global Spectrum may have been the turning point.

A subsidiary of international sports and entertainment firm Comcast-Spectator, Philadelphia-based Global Spectrum manages 113 facilities around the world, including the Wells Fargo Center, home of the Flyers. The company also operates University of Phoenix Stadium, the home of the Arizona Cardinals that’s on the south end of the Westgate Entertainment District where Jobing.com Arena is located.

RSE has projected $8.5 million to $11 million in revenue to Glendale, which budgeted $6 million to manage Jobing.com Arena.

Bringing in Global Spectrum would likely increase the number of non-hockey event dates at the arena and LeBlanc called the partnership the final piece of the deal.

“This is not a perfect deal by any means, but it’s certainly the best deal we’ve had,” said councilmember Manny Martinez, who voted for the agreement.

The NHL has operated the Coyotes since former owner Jerry Moyes took the team into bankruptcy in 2009.

After numerous suitors came forward and fell back through the years, the franchise is finally headed toward a stable future.