By Darren Urban, Tribune
Coyotes owner Steve Ellman has had a “casual conversation” with Arizona Rattlers owner Robert Sarver
about buying the Arena Football League franchise, Sarver said Sunday.
Sarver, in Denver taking in the NBA All-Star weekend festivities, bought the Rattlers in 2004 when he purchased the Suns. But Sarver made it clear early on he was looking for someone else to take the Rattlers. The franchise has been looking for a majority owner since then.
Ellman would want the Rattlers so he could fill some dates at Glendale Arena
. Sarver’s ownership group doesn’t need the Rattlers as much anymore now that it recently added an East Coast Hockey League franchise to play at America West Arena. The Phoenix Roadrunners will provide 36 home games to fill the AWA schedule — especially for suite holders, who must be guaranteed a certain amount of events.
When Sarver took over the Rattlers, he only committed to running the franchise through the 2005 season. While uncertainty is hovering over their future, the Rattlers have struggled to a 1-3 start.
“We’re keeping everything open,” Sarver said. “If (selling the team) doesn’t happen, it doesn’t happen.”