NHL Agrees to Consider Seattle Expansion Proposal

Bettman says NHL will consider Seattle expansion bid

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The news follows this weeks Seattle City Council vote to approve a Memorandum of Understanding between the city and the Oak View Group, which plans to renovate KeyArena, the former home of the NBA's SuperSonics in the city's Lower Queen Anne neighborhood.

The National Hockey League's (NHL) board of governors has agreed to consider an application for expansion from Seattle, commissioner Gary Bettman said Thursday. The expansion team in Seattle will cost $650 million, while Vegas was $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.

Also at Thursday's board of governors meeting, Dallas billionaire Tom Dundon signed an agreement to purchase a majority stake in the Carolina Hurricanes from Peter Karmanos Jr.

A new arena is now being built in the city with the hope of attracting National Hockey League and NBA teams as its first occupants.

Bettman says Seattle is the only city being considered for expansion at the moment. "We have agreed as a league to take and consider an expansion application and to let them run in the next few months a season-ticket drive".

What Bettman is asking of Seattle isn't all that different of the Vegas Golden Knights, who are now in their inaugural season and are in second place in the Pacific Division.

A Seattle team would be the league's 32nd franchise.

Durkan recently signed an agreement with a developer to renovate KeyArena so the venue could be ready for an National Basketball Association or NHL team.

"That doesn't mean we have granted an expansion team", Bettman said.

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