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Bettman says National Hockey League will consider Seattle expansion bid

10 December, 2017, 05:13 | Author: John Swanson
  • NHL to accept $650 million Seattle expansion application

The NHL Board of Governors, meeting in Florida on Thursday, voted to accept an application for an expansion team in Seattle.

Despite the excitement around the announcement Bettman was quick to note "That doesn't mean we have granted an expansion team". "We do our homework, we evaluate it, we examine all of the aspects". On Thursday, the Emerald City was given permission by the league to apply for the expansion process and was given a price tag of $650 million.

"It is a work in progress but we're very confident that we're going to get this to work", Commissioner Bettman said, "and the amount of data that it will provide in addition to creating opportunities for broadcasters to use it in real time is pretty exciting". "From everything I know viscerally, I think it will be a good market". "I think the geographic rivalry with Vancouver as potential will be nice".

"We learned that we can get the technology to work but we needed it to work better so that it could be scalable", Commissioner Bettman said. "The board will ultimately make a decision".

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When the National Hockey League opened the expansion process three years ago Bettman and the National Hockey League were clear in their intentions to bring a team to Seattle.

He said in August he wanted to sell the Hurricanes for about $500 million. The Nordiques left town for Colorado in 1995.

The city of Seattle says they're still working on ironing out a lot of details regarding a timeline and benchmarks that need to be made.

Besides spending $600 million to refurbish KeyArena, Leiweke's group also has pledged an additional $60 million to a separate city transportation fund and to various community charities. KeyArena was originally built in 1962 and was occupied by the NBA's Seattle Supersonics over three spans, including until the franchise's relocation following the 2008 season.

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

Thursday's board of governors meeting also saw Dallas billionaire Tom Dundon sign an agreement to buy a majority stake in the Carolina Hurricanes from Peter Karmanos Jr.

Bettman said that apart from the salary cap update, Friday's agenda included the board of governors discussing business reports, the league's centennial celebration, games overseas, next season's schedule, esports endeavours, as well as player and puck tracking.

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