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Mayor Mike McGinn says Seattle, NHL have talked
The NBA may not be returning to Seattle any time soon, but the possibility of of the NHL's Phoenix Coyotes relocating to the Emerald City is picking up steam.
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  • fatjedi19 wrote...
    Please, please, please!
    I couldn't care less about the NBA returning to Seattle, but I'm all in on an NHL team here however.
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  • wsshirling wrote...
    As much as I love hockey more than basketball...
    I hope that IF the owners of the Phoenix team end up reaching a new deal to stay in AZ, that two things happen... 1. The city of Seattles get some kind of commission for helping close that deal. We have already done that job for the Sacramento Kings and the NBA and now it looks like we have stepped in to do that job again for the NHL. (thankfully we already have football and baseball here because I don't think we are smart enough to negotiate this stuff) 2. The city of Seattle announces there will no longer be active pursuit of additional pro sports in town and if the NBA or NHL want back in, they have to come to us with an offer.
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  • Sean wrote...
    WSshirling...
    It's not the city that's pursuing a team, it's a private party. They can do whatever they want. Although of course the city has some say in HOW the deal is structured and how taxpayer dollars are involved.
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  • wsshirling wrote...
    taxpayer dollars...
    You are right.. let the private parties do whatever they want. I'm sure they would be able to negotiate a good lease at Key Arena, but as far as tax dollars go, if we go after teams, we lose. (the first offer sets the floor price and the counter offer frames the deal) The NHL (and for that matter the NBA) need Seattle much more than Seattle needs a team. Without the city, they can't sell $80 tickets... $6 beers and $8 hot dogs. David Stern used the city of Seattle to leverage Sacramento into committing to an arena deal they couldn't afford nor wanted. At some point, the eager beavers who can't see straight financially and just want a team no matter what need to be told to go to their rooms because they are acting like children. (ironically some of them still live at home in their parents basement) The mayor needs to make a statement, "We will not enter into discussions for anything that includes taxpayer money without there being a clear opportunity for a team. We will not be a part of any bidding process for and NHL or NBA team. Any offers will have to come to us for consideration... not the other way around.
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  • Johnnymac50 wrote...
    hockey
    I would love to see hockey in Seattle. There is a passionate fan base already in place to fully support the NHL. It seems like it would also make it easier in the long run to attract basketball. But if not, I will be no worse for wear. I just don't trust the NBA or their owners, outside of Hansen and co., to commit to anything which is not outrageously priced. I'm a huge hockey fan.
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  • Country_Dog wrote...
    This is not a job for the mayor
    Professional sports leagues are private businesses and if they want to move to a town, they need to find a private financier and a private building paid for with private money.

    Period!

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  • FYM wrote...
    Wait are you the Mayor?
    First off... This is a Mayor's job. Second the NHL came to the City of Seattle suggesting it is a viable location for an NHL franchise. Third, in order for any team from any affiliation having to move to a City... THE CITY and THE TEAM must set terms for that Team to come to the City. It's what they refer to as negotiating. It's what grown ups do when they see a possibility of a viable cash for the city and team. Fourth, I'm glad you are not the Mayor! Go paint your barn!
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  • HockeyMom wrote...
    I think it's obvious....
    by my screenname, that I am completely up for NHL here in Seattle!
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  • soo purletiv wrote...
    First off
    Didn't McGinn have a sit down with Blowhard Stern in New York about a possible deal for a new team to come to Seattle? Remember how hopeful he was after talking to Blowhard?

    We see how well that worked.

    He, and we, were played as pawns to get the fans and high rollers in Sacramento fired up and willing to "give" what ever it takes to keep the team there. Until Seattle got involved, and was deemed a serious buyer, only the die-hard fans were in rabid support of the Kings staying.

    And it worked, although many tax payers are now experiencing buyers remorse...

    Secondly, or more like furthermore, the NHL has given Glendale until June 25th to agree to a new lease. June 25th. WEIRD! How coincidental that this potential move to Seattle makes headlines just a little over a week prior to that deadline.

    McGinn, is such a puppy when it comes to politics. And he has no clue that he is being used.

    The new standard for Seattle and it's quest to acquire a team from any league should be this: Wait until a city in which a team currently resides in, has exhausted all options to keep them. When a particular league mandates that the team must move, then get involved. Of course, investors will have to work behind the scenes prior to any mandate in order to get leverage, but leave the fans and the politicians out of it until such order has been issued.

    I for one have no interest in being used to get Glendale up in arms to keep their Coyotes. If they so love their team, let them do it on their own.

    That said, I would love to have the NHL here in Seattle. However, if we get too excited here about taking the Coyotes, we run the risk of waking up the bandwagon fans who have largely ignored the potential of the Coyotes leaving. Which is exactly what the NHL wants, and is exactly what happened in Sacramento...

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  • YooperVet wrote...
    Hockey City
    I’m as big a Hockey fan as there is, but I feel before we can have success with a team here the media and marketing people need to show more support. Seriously, you can watch any of the local news networks and you will never hear a Seattle Thunderbirds score, highlights, interviews…nothing. The T-Birds have had some very talented players, a lot of which have gone on to the NHL and done very well. I think we need to get the locals who do not understand the game that well, more acquainted with the boy’s. Bring them on the radio once in a while, interview them before/after a game, check their involvement with the community, see what they are doing for our kids, and make the boy’s feel wanted. That will help get the interest up for an NHL team and help make it successful if we do get one. (not to mention make them play better) I live in Olympia and follow Hockey at all levels and I can tell you that without the internet it would be next to impossible to get a Hockey news update of any kind. Good luck Seattle and I will be one of the happiest guys around if you get a team. I just don’t want to see it struggle after a couple years.
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  • T-Bird49 wrote...
    Hockey City
    I agree. I am not optimistic that NHL hockey will succeed here. Seattle T-Bird attendance has been less than stellar. Everett Silvertips have done better. Both teams provide an exciting brand of hockey at a bargain price. Myself, I would rather pay my $1100 for two season tickets to the T-Birds and get to see 32 games in excellent seats than the same amount of money for 6 games at the NHL level for seats in the 2nd level.
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  • justanotheridiot wrote...
    I can see the...
    Showare center from my back deck. Me and my son will spontaneously walk there to catch a T-Birds game any time of the season. I want the arena to be built however I'm nervous we lose the T-Birds so close
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  • Ted Jones wrote...
    Would LOVE
    to be able to take my kid to an NHL game in Seattle. Let alone finally have a hometown hockey team to root for!!
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  • Hyndenburg wrote...
    Love it! But not holding my breath...
    Would LOVE to see the NHL up here - much more excited about that possibility than the NBA return to Seattle... But not holding my breath as it seems that Seattle is once again being used as a pawn by the NHL to seal the deal with the City of Glendale. But we'll see! Also think the WHL teams would be just fine going forth.. Many NHL cities have junior hockey in the same geography and do just fine. It's 2 different levels of play with 2 different ticket prices. All would be good.
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