National Hockey League gives Seattle green light to apply for franchise

National Hockey League gives Seattle green light to apply for franchise

NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman announced the NHL Board of Governors has agreed to accept and consider the application from Seattle and allow the Bonderman group, which is tied to the KeyArena expansion, to conduct a season ticket drive.

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

NHL commissioner Gary Bettman says the franchise fee for the 32nd club has been set at $650 million USA, up significantly from the $500 million United States the Vegas Golden Knights paid to join the league this season. He made the announcement Thursday after the first day of the board of governors meeting. The Vegas Golden Knights began operations this season and are in the playoff chase.

The expansion fee for a new team in Seattle will be $650million and would give the National Hockey League a chance to balance the conferences, if the city's expansion application is accepted. That means a team likely wont be playing in Quebec Citys 18,259-seat Videotron Centre in the foreseeable future.

Seattle was always going to be a logical place for further expansion.


The Eastern Conference has one more team than the Western Conference. "Our plan is just to look at Seattle at this point".

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As for the National Hockey League, bringing a franchise to Seattle would balance out the two conferences, with the East now at 16 and the West at 15.

Bettman said the process of setting up a team in Seattle would be similar to what happened for Las Vegas, according to K5.

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