News

Report: NHL Commissioner not considering expansion into Seattle now

Report: NHL Commissioner not considering expansion into Seattle now

Photo: WENN

NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman has thrown up a big stop sign in front of expansion plans focused on the Emerald City. According to a Seattle Times report Bettman, speaking at league headquarters in New York to sports editors and reporters, said the Sodo arena proposal put forth by Chris Hansen and Steve Ballmer needs to get much further along before the league considers any expansion.

“Until there is some better certainty about a building and its availability to an NHL team,” Bettman said, “there’s really not a whole lot of point in even going further in the thought process.”

The focus for Hansen and Ballmer has been the NBA, but they have not been able to secure an franchise for their proposed arena. Despite interest from the NHL in the Seattle market, the two investors do not want to be majority owners of an NHL team.

Another stumbling block, the report states a hockey-first venue would also require a reworking of a Memorandum of Understanding Hansen has with the city and county.

(KPUG Newsroom – Doug Lange)

Recent Headlines

in Local Sports

Trail Blazers win 9th in a row, top Hornets

Portland Trail Blazers power forward LaMarcus Aldridge (12) celebrates after scoring in the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Dallas Mavericks Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2013, in Dallas. The Mavericks won 105-99.

Wesley Matthews scored 28 points, and the Trail Blazers defeated the Hornets on Wednesday night for their ninth consecutive victory.

in Local Sports

EWU’s Vernon Adams Jr. is Big Sky Offensive Player of the Year

Courtesy of Eastern Washington University

Junior quarterback joined on first team by five other Eagles -- Cooper Kupp, Ronnie Hamlin, Tevin McDonald, Jake Rodgers and Aaron Neary -- as Eagles earn a total of 25 All-Big Sky honors

in Local Sports

WWU basketball teams in action this weekend

western washington logo generic copy/wwu

Also, more awards for members of the WWU volleyball team and Track and Field and Cross Country teams.

in Local Sports

Portland State dismisses football coach Burton

Portland State's head coach Nigel Burton calls to his players against Weber State during the first half of an NCAA college football game in Portland, Ore., Saturday Nov 2, 2013.

Burton played safety at the University of Washington from 1996-1998

in Sports

Lions C Raiola fined $10,000 by NFL

Detroit Lions center Dominic Raiola (51) during player introductions before an NFL football game against the Miami Dolphins at Ford Field in Detroit, Sunday, Nov. 9, 2014.

The play was on a third-and-9 from the Detroit 35 with 57 seconds remaining. He struck the Patriots' Zach Moore.