The former CEO of the company that owns the San Jose Sharks is taking a look at the Phoenix Coyotes, according to a report.
The City of Glendale has confirmed in a statement that Greg Jamison is one of two bidders for the struggling franchise, according to Friday's Arizona Republic.
Jamison was head of Silicon Valley Sports & Entertainment from 2000-10 before stepping down. The company oversees the Sharks and the HP Pavilion arena in San Jose, as well as other sports-related ventures in the Northern California area.
Prior to that, he spent about 13 seasons in the NBA in executive positions with the Indiana Pacers and Dallas Mavericks.
The Coyotes have been on a roller-coaster as a franchise since Jerry Moyes put the team on the block nearly three years ago.
Research In Motion executive Jim Balsillie tried unsuccessfully to relocate the franchise to Canada through bankruptcy proceedings in 2009.
At least three other ownership groups have been linked to the franchise without a deal being struck.
The city of Glendale paid $25 million US for the second straight year so the team could continue playing at Jobing.com Arena for the 2011-12 season.
There has been strong local opposition to the idea of public money being used to help push through a sale.
Glendale's spokesperson told the Arizona Republic the two new bids would not involve the sale of municipal bonds to raise money for the venture. The spokesperson stressed that paperwork hasn't been completed by either bid group.
The second potential person or group interested was not named in the report.