After reports surfaced that the Arizona Coyotes owed the State of Arizona Department of Revenue around $1.4 million in back taxes, the team has wired the money and paid off the missing funds.
According to a report from The Athletic’s Katie Strang on Wednesday, the Arizona Department of Revenue filed a tax lien notice against the Coyotes’ parent company, IceArizona LLC, in response to numerous outstanding arena payments and delinquent tax bill.
Had the bills not been paid, players and team employees would have been locked out of Gila River Arena.
As Strang outlined in an extensive piece published in early 2021, the team has a habit of refusing to pay its vendors for their services, with the Coyotes’ list of unpaid invoices as of Jan. 8, 2021 totalling $298,026.92. Obviously, that number has since risen.
Earlier this year, the Coyotes proposed a $1.7 billion development in Tempe that will include a hockey arena.