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National Hockey League agrees to accept and consider Seattle expansion application

National Hockey League agrees to accept and consider Seattle expansion application

Bettman also said that Seattle is the only place being considered for an expansion team at this time.

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

Durkan told reporters Wednesday the deal with Los Angeles-based Oak View Group is the best path for Seattle to get an National Hockey League team and bring back the NBA.

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.

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He made the announcement after the first day of the board of governors meeting in Manalapan, Fla.

Seattle mayor Jenny Durkan said she spoke with Tim Leiweke, part of the Oak View Group that got approval to renovate KeyArena, and that they "couldn't be more thrilled". "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".

There preliminary ticket drive could be similar to the one conducted by the Vegas Golden Knights before they were awarded an expansion team that began play this season.

Bettman said the group is only looking at Seattle for expansion, leaving Quebec City and Houston alone. According to Bettman, no current National Hockey League team is close to moving.

The renovations are expected to be finished by 2020, putting a benchmark on the approximate date for when we could see a hockey team in Seattle.


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