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Haven't you heard? Portland is the place the NHL is dying to move a team to. Why does Seattle even bother in the face of that future cradle of hockey? :rolleyes:
 

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Seattle has a history of not warming up to public funds going towards sporting venues. I think a NHL team could work in Seattle, but the majority (I'd say at least 75%) of the money needs to be privately provided.
 

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a little more today

Early plans for an Eastside arena are focused on luring an NHL team to Bellevue and would not require public funds, Chris Daniels of KING/5 told Dori Monson on 97.3 KIRO-FM.

“From what I hear, we are talking about a private project in Bellevue,” Daniels said.

Reports surfaced last week that Donald Levin, a Chicago tobacco merchant and movie producer, recently visited the Seattle area and expressed interest in a real estate development that would include an arena. Levin is the owner of the minor-league Chicago Wolves hockey team, which is an affiliate of the Vancouver Canucks.

“(Levin) did admit that he’s been to Western Washington several times, he loves the area and he owns property on Vancouver Island,” Daniels said.

Daniels recently interviewed deputy NHL Commissioner Bill Daly, who confirmed efforts to bring the NHL to a new facility but did not mention Levin by name.

“He said, ‘Yes, there is a group that is interested in bringing hockey to the Seattle area,’” Daniels said. “He didn’t want to get into too much detail.”

Daniels said it was unclear if the group has set its sights on an NBA franchise to share the building. Most successful privately funded arenas are home to two franchises.

“History shows – D.C., Philly, Denver, where they’ve done these things – they’ve been filled up by an owner who owns an NBA and an NHL franchise,” Daniels said.

NHL franchises, however, can be had for about half the price of an NBA team. The Atlanta Thrashers were recently sold to an ownership group in Winnipeg for about $110 million. NBA franchises run closer to $300 million or more. The New Orleans Hornets and the Memphis Grizzlies are considered the most likely franchises to move in the near future.

Last week, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer said the main obstacle to getting the NBA back in the Puget Sound area was the lack of a proper arena and the will of some private entity to build one. Ballmer has long been rumored to be interested in bringing a team to Seattle, but he appears unwilling to foot the bill for the facility.

“The challenge there is a real estate challenge,” Ballmer said during a Seattle Rotary Club lunch at the Westin Hotel. “Honestly, the building that is KeyArena would not be able to have an NBA team that would be competitive.”

Ballmer estimated that a new facility could cost as much as $500 million.

Meanwhile, Levin has been tight-lipped about his plans. And he might not be the only one considering an Eastside arena project. Daniels suggested there were other groups talking about doing the same.

The biggest question for Seattle in all of this regards KeyArena. The building, which was most recently overhauled in 1995 for the Sonics, is teetering on the verge of becoming obsolete.

A state-of-the-art arena in Bellevue could siphon off major concerts and other events that still pass through Seattle Center. Bellevue could also become a candidate to host future Final Fours or political conventions, further eroding Seattle’s status as the cultural center of the Puget Sound.

The same fate could await the aging Tacoma Dome, which still attracts large concerts, and other assorted events
 

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I honestly believe it would work in Seattle, but it's a non-starter until the arena is built. With four WHL teams in Washington state (two essentially in Seattle), the fanbase is there. I think they would also pull fans from the lower mainland as well.
 

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I honestly believe it would work in Seattle, but it's a non-starter until the arena is built. With four WHL teams in Washington state (two essentially in Seattle), the fanbase is there. I think they would also pull fans from the lower mainland as well.

we will see ... i still question whether people want to step up and pay the NHL ticket prices ... but now is as good a time as any with the fierce backlash the NBA is getting in seattle
 

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I like the idea. There seems to be a decent enough fan size base there but also opportunity to draw more fans. Makes perfect sense. Plus there's a huge void in the American NorthWest for NHL teams. Depending on how it would happen, it could result in Detoit's wish to move East finally becoming a reality.

For me the big question is where will the team come from? Sounds like it would be a few years away. By then I expect the Coyotes to have found a permanent home one way or the other (probably by relocation but not necessarily). Could the Panthers or someone else become available? With the league hinting at switching formats to 4 divisions I can see expansion of 2 teams becoming a possibility.
 

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I think an NHL team would work in Seattle. It would be a geographical rival for Vancouver and has 3.4 million people in the metro area. I agree with Julian tho, where would the team come from?
 

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I think an NHL team would work in Seattle. It would be a geographical rival for Vancouver and has 3.4 million people in the metro area. I agree with Julian tho, where would the team come from?

before Atl moved, there were rumoured to be six teams in various degrees of financial peril.
Pho & Fla are the obvious ones. not sure of the others.
I recall some mention recently of CBJ losing significant chunks of change.
 

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If a team like the Panthers were to move there, or to another Western city, I think it would be better for the league. Figure 2 teams that shouldn't be in the West (Detroit, Columbus, Nashville) could now move to the Eastern conference with the departure of the Thrashers. The time zone changes during travel wouldn't be as severe or as often.
 

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before Atl moved, there were rumoured to be six teams in various degrees of financial peril.
Pho & Fla are the obvious ones. not sure of the others.
I recall some mention recently of CBJ losing significant chunks of change.

Phoenix would be the obvious choice (at least to most people) but Bettman has them in a figure four leg lock to keep them in Arizona.
 

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If a team like the Panthers were to move there, or to another Western city, I think it would be better for the league. Figure 2 teams that shouldn't be in the West (Detroit, Columbus, Nashville) could now move to the Eastern conference with the departure of the Thrashers. The time zone changes during travel wouldn't be as severe or as often.
us folks on the west coast have very little sympathy for anyone else's travel woes.

Phoenix would be the obvious choice (at least to most people) but Bettman has them in a figure four leg lock to keep them in Arizona.
that changes the moment Glendale stops writing $25m cheques.
 

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us folks on the west coast have very little sympathy for anyone else's travel woes.


Amen.

that changes the moment Glendale stops writing $25m cheques.

Actually in Arizona they write 'checks' but since the conversion rate has been favorable I will let it slide :brick:
 

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us folks on the west coast have very little sympathy for anyone else's travel woes.

That was kinda my point. It makes life easier on everybody, especially a team like Vancouver who would travel to Winnipeg and Seattle as opposed to Nashville and Detroit.
 

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That was kinda my point. It makes life easier on everybody, especially a team like Vancouver who would travel to Winnipeg and Seattle as opposed to Nashville and Detroit.

ahh, I read that backwards. thought you were talking about Det having an easier go of it if they stay in the eastern time zone.

I gotcha now. :thumb:
 

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If a team like the Panthers were to move there, or to another Western city, I think it would be better for the league. Figure 2 teams that shouldn't be in the West (Detroit, Columbus, Nashville) could now move to the Eastern conference with the departure of the Thrashers. The time zone changes during travel wouldn't be as severe or as often.

Nashville is in the Central Time Zone, same as Chicago and St. Louis and the like. Why should they be in the Eastern Conference? Detroit and Columbus are the only 2 Western Conference teams in the Eastern Time Zone.
 

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Nashville is in the Central Time Zone, same as Chicago and St. Louis and the like. Why should they be in the Eastern Conference? Detroit and Columbus are the only 2 Western Conference teams in the Eastern Time Zone.

That's why those 2 make the most sense, but for reallignment purposes moving Nashville to the SE would also make a lot of sense.
 

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