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National Hockey League to consider Seattle expansion application

National Hockey League to consider Seattle expansion application

The NHL Board of Governors has agreed to accept an expansion application from Seattle, NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman announced Thursday. The commissioner also noted that Seattle would be on the hook for a $650 million expansion fee should it be accepted as the 32nd team.

The league has reportedly accepted and agreed to consider an expansion proposal made by the city, according to multiple reports.

Las Vegas had conducted a season-ticket drive in its bid to land an NHL team, and the league eventually approved the application.

The group includes Jerry Bruckheimer, a Hollywood producer, and David Bonderman, a private equity CEO.

Just days after the Seattle City Council approved a $600 million renovation of KeyArena, a long-speculated future home of hockey, the NHL has granted Seattle permission to apply for an expansion team. "We will let them make a case and if they also want to try to do a study for selling season tickets, they can", Bettman said. Las Vegas' cost $500 million.




Hockey is fairly popular in the Pacific Northwest, with several semi-pro teams such as the Wenatchee Wild, Tri-City Americans and Seattle Thunderbirds.

Seattle would have a natural rivalry with some of the other teams in the West, particularly those in Western Canada.

"Obviously, there a lot of differences between Seattle and Quebec City, not the least of which is our conference alignment", Bettman said.

The news came one day after Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan signed a memorandum to renovate the KeyArena, NBC affiliate K5 News reported.

The NHL was specific in pointing out that Seattle is likely an expansion team, not a relocation like some had speculated.


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