Seat­tle in mix for NHL ex­pan­sion

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NHL com­mis­sioner Gary Bettman says the league’s board of gov­er­nors has agreed to con­sider an ex­pan­sion ap­pli­ca­tion from Seat­tle.

Bettman said the ex­pan­sion fee has been set at $650 mil­lion for Seat­tle, which would be­come the league’s 32nd team if ap­proved. He made the an­nounce­ment Thurs­day af­ter the first day of the board of gov­er­nors meet­ing.

Bill Fo­ley paid a $500-mil­lion ex­pan­sion fee for the Ve­gas Golden Knights be­fore they be­gan play this sea­son.

Seat­tle plans to have a new arena ready by 2020 with the in­tent of lur­ing NHL and NBA teams as an­chor ten­ants.

Bettman says Seat­tle is the only city be­ing con­sid­ered for ex­pan­sion at the moment, which means an NHL team likely won’t be play­ing in Que­bec City in the fore­see­able fu­ture.

“Ob­vi­ously, there a lot of dif­fer­ences be­tween Seat­tle and Que­bec City, not the least of which is our con­fer­ence align­ment,” Bettman said.

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