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Hockey league sanction fight delays coliseum development deal

Portland Mayor Sam Adams’s bid to negotiate a Memorial Coliseum redevelopment deal with the Portland Winterhawks won’t happen on his watch.

The city announced Wednesday that it’s delaying the deal until the Winterhawks can appeal sanctions against the team imposed by the Western Hockey League.

Adams leaves his post the end of this month, so he’ll have to pass the baton to incoming Mayor Charlie Hales.

“The Western Hockey League has delayed until Feb. 7, 2013, the Portland Winterhawks’ opportunity to appeal the sanctions announced on November 18,” Adams stated in a news release. “I am not comfortable recommending an agreement to the Portland City Council until the sanctions are finalized and the Veterans Memorial Coliseum deal is amended to reflect the fiscal impact of those sanctions. I am confident that the next City Council will approve a redevelopment deal on March 13, 2013, to secure a better future for the Rose Quarter.”