Bettman says NHL will consider Seattle expansion bid

Ross Houston
December 8, 2017

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

NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman on Thursday said the league has approved Seattle's request to fill out an expansion application and start a season-ticket drive.

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

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. "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.

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. The Vegas expansion fee was $500 million.

Seattle plans to have a new arena ready by 2020 with the intent of luring National Hockey League and NBA teams as anchor tenants.

When the sale is finalized and the league has approved the deal, Dundon would take control of all team operations.

As first reported by Sportsnet's Elliotte Friedman, Seattle is allowed to host a season-ticket drive to gauge interest, but it is not a guarantee that a team will come to fruition.

Bettman says expansion application for Seattle is basically the same as #Vegas except for price BUT also may consider option for relocation in 2020-21 if it comes to that instead.

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