National Hockey League says Seattle can apply for franchise, start season-ticket drive

National Hockey League says Seattle can apply for franchise, start season-ticket drive

National Hockey League says Seattle can apply for franchise, start season-ticket drive

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

Bettman says the process with Seattle will be similar to Las Vegas, starting with a ticket drive.

Bettman said the expansion fee has been set at $650 million for Seattle, which would become the league's 32nd team, if approved.

Gary Bettman has announced that the National Hockey League is open to the expansion process for a team in Seattle.

Thursday's board of governors meeting also saw Dallas billionaire Tom Dundon sign an agreement to buy a majority stake in the Carolina Hurricanes from Peter Karmanos Jr.

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The ownership group includes David Bonderman who is a private equity CEO and Jerry Bruckheimer who is a Hollywood producer. League has agreed and will allow a season-ticket drive. Las Vegas' cost $500 million.

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".

There's no guarantee that Seattle will land a professional hockey team, but it's now up to sports fans in the rapidly growing city to demonstrate that they'd be willing to support a team - beyond the Seahawks or the Mariners - with their season-ticket dollars.

If Seattle is unsuccessful during this expansion process, they also may be considered as an option for relocation during the 2020-21 season, Bettman says.

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

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