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#1 MacK_Attack

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Posted 15 February 2007 - 06:21 PM

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Arena deal may lure NHL to Seattle

A $500 million multi-purpose arena proposal may be a stepping stone to a NHL franchise in the Seattle area.

According to The Seattle Times, the Sonics have hired an independent research firm to determine if the Puget Sound market could support a National Hockey League franchise, principal owner Clay Bennett said Wednesday.

"We are beginning to work on an analysis for the NHL in the market, understanding first and foremost, is the product viable and then at the same time model the NHL in the building relative to revenue sharing, expense sharing with an NBA team," Bennett said. "Does it work? Certainly, I think it will add to the building and probably add to the overall value to the [NBA] franchise."

While true expansion is not really an option, the Seattle group hinted at a clause in the Nashville Predators ownership deal that would allow them to relocate if attendance numbers sagged to a certain point. The recent talk of the Penguins moving to Kansas City is also of interest to the Seattle group.

Bennett said he hasn't been in contact with either franchise, but insinuated he's had recent talks with the NHL.


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Posted 15 February 2007 - 06:31 PM

I think Seattle would be a good NHL market.
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Posted 15 February 2007 - 06:36 PM

make it stop,..just give a team back to canada already,......

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Posted 15 February 2007 - 06:42 PM

QUOTE(stormtiger @ February 15, 2007 - 06:32PM) View Post

Seattle would be a great fit, better than Nashville or Columbus.

What makes Columbus such a bad market? Averaging nearly 17,000/game with a team that has never even competed for a playoff spot is pretty impressive. I think that's a pretty stable market for the time being.

Do people just assume Columbus is a poor market because the team is bad and it's a recent expansion city?

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Posted 15 February 2007 - 06:45 PM

QUOTE(MacK_Attack @ February 15, 2007 - 03:42PM) View Post

Do people just assume Columbus is a poor market because the team is bad and it's a recent expansion city?

*sigh* yes, unfortunately.

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make it stop,..just give a team back to canada already,......

Oh give it a rest. If you think frickin' Hamilton's a better place for a team than Seattle you need your head examined.
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Posted 15 February 2007 - 06:45 PM

I always thought Seattle would be a great place for an NHL team, I think we can at least agree it would be a much better city than Vegas or Kansas City..

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Posted 15 February 2007 - 06:48 PM

QUOTE(Louisville @ February 15, 2007 - 03:45PM) View Post

I always thought Seattle would be a great place for an NHL team, I think we can at least agree it would be a much better city than Vegas or Kansas City..

Why? I think KC's credentials are just as good as Seattle's. Vegas is a special case and a whole separate topic worthy of discussion, but if you're gonna say no because it's in the desert, you need to re-evaluate.
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Posted 15 February 2007 - 06:50 PM

The only thing I really know about Seattle comes from Grey's Anatomy but isn't Seattle a little close to Vancouver. Having to teams that close together can't really be a good thing

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Posted 15 February 2007 - 06:53 PM

I think all of the major sports would like, no make that love, to be in Vegas, but they don't want to be the first one to go in there and get all of the gambling attention.

I know that the ECHL team in Vegas sometimes play games at midnight to allow casino workers to get out to the odd game.

It would certainly be an interesting market, that's for sure.

QUOTE(Devereaux_21 @ February 15, 2007 - 06:50PM) View Post

The only thing I really know about Seattle comes from Grey's Anatomy but isn't Seattle a little close to Vancouver. Having to teams that close together can't really be a good thing

Or it could be a fantastic thing for rivalries.

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Posted 15 February 2007 - 07:00 PM

QUOTE(Devereaux_21 @ February 15, 2007 - 03:50PM) View Post

The only thing I really know about Seattle comes from Grey's Anatomy but isn't Seattle a little close to Vancouver. Having to teams that close together can't really be a good thing

The Kings and Ducks don't seem to mind. Nor do the Devils and Flyers. Or the Rangers, Devils, and Islanders. Or the Leafs and Sabres. Or the Flyers and Capitals. All of which are closer to one another than Seattle and Vancouver.
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Posted 15 February 2007 - 07:05 PM

I'd like to see a team in Seattle, as long as it's not owned by a Microsoft crony.
I think a team would flourish there as opposed to KC, but what do I know.

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Posted 15 February 2007 - 07:07 PM

QUOTE(betterREDthandead @ February 15, 2007 - 06:45PM) View Post

*sigh* yes, unfortunately.
Oh give it a rest. If you think frickin' Hamilton's a better place for a team than Seattle you need your head examined.


you realize that Seattle could be losing the sonics a team that's been in the area for 40 years due to dredful attendence and you think that an NHL market is going to be better? Besides, when the penguins went bankrupt a few years back before mario bought the team seattle was the rumored venue but that fell through. Now they want another crack at it,..fine. And no i don't think Hamilton is a good venue but I still believe Winnipeg is good NHL city. They just need managment that doesn't make poor business decisions and there fine.

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Posted 15 February 2007 - 07:08 PM

It's a cold weather city. That automatically means its a good market!!!111

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Posted 15 February 2007 - 07:09 PM

I think it would be a great place for a team. I'm sure there's a good hockey market there due to the proximity to Canada and Vancouver. The closeness of the two teams would probably make for a good rivalry as well.

Now, if a team were to go there, would it be a new team (to make 31) or a team relocating from another city?

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Posted 15 February 2007 - 07:09 PM

QUOTE(stormtiger @ February 15, 2007 - 06:32PM) View Post

Seattle would be a great fit, better than Nashville or Columbus.


Columbus is a great hockey market that no one saw coming. Once this team get's it head out of it's collective ass you'll see that. The Wings attendance sucked in the 70s and early 80s, worse than Columbus' by far...should they have contracted us?

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Posted 15 February 2007 - 07:10 PM

QUOTE(betterREDthandead @ February 15, 2007 - 07:00PM) View Post

The Kings and Ducks don't seem to mind. Nor do the Devils and Flyers. Or the Rangers, Devils, and Islanders. Or the Leafs and Sabres. Or the Flyers and Capitals. All of which are closer to one another than Seattle and Vancouver.



Yea, but the Kings, Ducks, Devils, Islanders, and the Capitals are in the bottom half of league attendance . http://sports.espn.g...dance?year=2007

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Posted 15 February 2007 - 07:11 PM

QUOTE(betterREDthandead @ February 15, 2007 - 06:45PM) View Post

Oh give it a rest. If you think frickin' Hamilton's a better place for a team than Seattle you need your head examined.

Yeah I have to laugh when I hear people talk Hamilton. The Leafs alone wouldn't allow it, they own regional rights to Hamilton. Plus another team in Ontario would hurt The Sabers attendance. The NHL wouldn't want that.

The only markets that could work in Canada are Winnipeg and Quebec City again, but I highly doubt it'll happen anytime soon.
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Posted 15 February 2007 - 07:13 PM

Seattle, YES !

Detroit would get to move to the Eastern Conference ! woot !

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Posted 15 February 2007 - 07:22 PM

QUOTE(Devereaux_21 @ February 15, 2007 - 07:10PM) View Post

Yea, but the Kings, Ducks, Devils, Islanders, and the Capitals are in the bottom half of league attendance . http://sports.espn.g...dance?year=2007

Wow, check out Calgary, they're Capacity PCT% is 112.3%!? How does that work? Are people standing in the isles?

It's sad the best team so far in the regular season, Nashville, is at 85.9%.

QUOTE(58Miles2Joe @ February 15, 2007 - 07:13PM) View Post

Seattle, YES !

Detroit would get to move to the Eastern Conference ! woot !

/ never happen

Right, it'll never happen. We're to valuable in the West. Columbus will move East.
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Posted 15 February 2007 - 07:24 PM

QUOTE(Barrie @ February 15, 2007 - 07:22PM) View Post

Wow, check out Calgary, they're Capacity PCT% is 112.3%!? How does that work? Are people standing in the isles?

Calgary has some seats that were covered in previous years that are now in use that don't count towards their official seating capacity. Plus, standing room is usually not factored in when it comes to seating capacity.





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