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National Hockey League gives Seattle green light to apply for franchise

08 December 2017

On Thursday, Bettman and the NHL Board of Governors gave Seattle the green light to start the application process.

"A Seattle ownership group has been authorized to file an application for an NHL expansion team, NHL commissioner Gary Bettman said Thursday", the league announced.

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.

Seattle could become an option for 2020-21, though there are no guarantees the league expands there, Bettman said at the board of governors meeting. League has agreed and will allow a season-ticket drive.

Earlier this week, the Seattle city council approved a $600 million renovation for KeyArena after the plans were submitted back in September.

Bill Foley paid a $500 million expansion fee for the Vegas Golden Knights.

What Bettman is asking of Seattle isn't all that different of the Vegas Golden Knights, who are now in their inaugural season and are in second place in the Pacific Division.

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

The NHL was specific in pointing out that Seattle is likely an expansion team, not a relocation like some had speculated.

Although Seattle has never had an NHL team, the Seattle Metropolitans, who played in the Pacific Coast Hockey Association from 1915-24, won the Stanley Cup in 1917, defeating the Montreal Canadiens 3-1 in a best-of-5 series.

Bettman said the group is only looking at Seattle for expansion, leaving Quebec City and Houston alone.

National Hockey League gives Seattle green light to apply for franchise