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Fiery Phoenix resident lights up city council members over Suns deal

She might just be Phoenix's most engaged resident and to say she's not happy about the new Suns deal would be an understatement.

If there was an all-star team for Valley residents who voice their concerns at Phoenix City Council meetings, Greta Rogers might be their captain.

Rogers has been, as our very own Brahm Resnik says, "lighting up City Council members and countless others for years."

She might just be Phoenix's most engaged resident, and she was there Wednesday when the council moved to delay the vote on the new Phoenix Suns deal.

The $230 million deal would keep the Suns at Talking Stick Resort Arena in downtown Phoenix for the next 20 years. It would pay for a three-year renovation of the arena and a new training facility for the team.

The city would throw in $150 million from its Sports Facilities Fund, which is financed by taxes on hotel and rental cars. 

But ask Rogers and she'll say, "we are not in the business of funding private enterprise."

Rogers ripped the deal and the City Council when she was handed the mic Wednesday.

She said the deal was "Chicago politics at its worst."

"And it has a very foul odor," she said.

She said private enterprise is supported by its own business decisions adding some choice words for team owner Robert Sarver, who said he's committed to keeping the Suns in Phoenix amid reports of him threatening to move the team.

"Mr. Sarver has done nothing to improve this team," she said.

She said Sarver has never paid for any key players in the years he's owned the team and she expressed her outrage that the city was even negotiating with him.

"He's so tight he squeaks when he walks," Rogers said.

Rogers said the Suns can support themselves or "fail on their own lack of diligence."

Rogers fiery comments have since spread across the Internet where she has appeared in such places as Deadspin, which said she "dunks on Suns owner Robert Sarver."

The Phoenix City Council delayed a decision on the deal until Jan. 23 when they can probably expect another appearance and even more choice words from Rogers.


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