National Hockey League to consider Seattle expansion bid

The iconic sloped roof of KeyArena center a sports and entertainment venue at the Seattle Center is seen from above Monday Dec. 4 2017 in Seattle

The National Hockey League's (NHL) board of governors has agreed to consider an application for expansion from Seattle, commissioner Gary Bettman said Thursday.

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 United States the Vegas Golden Knights paid to join the league this season.

Bettman says Seattle is the only city being considered for expansion at the moment.

The ownership group includes David Bonderman who is a private equity CEO and Jerry Bruckheimer who is a Hollywood producer. "We have agreed as a league to take and consider an expansion application and to let them run in the next few months a season-ticket drive".

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

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

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After the news that the Seattle City Council had approved the renovation plan to KeyArena, Seattle immediately became the hottest free agent of all the cities on the market.

The ticket drive would be to determine how much interest for a pro hockey team there is in Seattle.

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

That decision directly influenced Bettman's decision to allow an expansion team in Seattle.

The news came one day after Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan signed a memorandum to renovate the KeyArena, NBC affiliate K5 News reported.

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