Sport NHL opens application process for Seattle expansion franchise

02:38  08 december  2017
02:38  08 december  2017 Source:   thescore.com

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Seattle ’s application will be reviewed and ultimately the league ’s executive committee will make a recommendation to the full NHL Board of Governors. The expansion franchise process is running concurrent with a 0 million remodel of KeyArena being privately financed by OVG.

The NHL Board of Governors has agreed to consider an application for an NHL expansion franchise in Seattle , commissioner Gary Bettman said in a press conference Thursday, according to NHL .com's Dan Rosen.

a view of a city © MARK RALSTON / AFP / Getty The NHL Board of Governors has agreed to consider an application for an NHL expansion franchise in Seattle, commissioner Gary Bettman said in a press conference Thursday, according to NHL.com's Dan Rosen.

Bettman said the expansion fee would be $650 million, which is $150 million more than Las Vegas paid.

The NHL will allow a potential ownership group, led by billionaire David Bonderman and legendary film and TV producer Jerry Bruckheimer, to file an application and then conduct a season-ticket drive, according to TSN's Pierre LeBrun.

While this is similar to the Golden Knights' beginnings, it doesn't guarantee a team will arrive in the Pacific Northwest.

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“OVG has submitted to the NHL the formal application papers required to pursue an expansion franchise for Seattle .” After a ticket drive Seattle would likely face the same expansion process as Las Vegas did according to Seattle Center Arena draft EIS and online open house now available.

The NHL Board of Governors has agreed to consider an application for an NHL expansion franchise in Seattle , commissioner Gary Bettman said in a press conference Thursday, according to NHL .com's Dan Rosen.

If a team was indeed brought to Seattle, it would be looking at the 2020-21 season to begin play, according to Sportsnet's Elliotte Friedman

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