Seattle receives permission to apply for National Hockey League team

Seattle receives permission to apply for National Hockey League team

On Thursday, NHL commissioner Gary Bettman dropped some big news on the hockey world, announcing that the NHL would be accepting an expansion application from the city of Seattle.

NHL commissioner Gary Bettman says the franchise fee for the 32nd club has been set at $650 million U.S., up significantly from the $500 million USA the Vegas Golden Knights paid to join the league this season.

There has been no talk of when the Seattle franchise would come to be, only that it would have to pay a fee of $650 million to enter the league.

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

He made the announcement after the first day of the board of governors meeting in Manalapan, Fla. They began play this season.

Bettman went on to say that Seattle is the only city now being considered for expansion.

KeyArena was home to the NBA's SuperSonics for 33 of the franchise's 41 years in Seattle before Clay Bennett's investment group bought the team from Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz in 2006 and moved the team to Oklahoma City in 2008.

Seattle plans to have a new arena ready by 2020 with the intent of luring National Hockey League and NBA teams as anchor tenants. "Our plan is just to look at Seattle at this point".

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". But that's not something we're focused on right now.

Currently, there are 16 teams in the Eastern Conference and 15 teams in the West.

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