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NHL says Seattle viable option if Phoenix Coyotes deal falters
The National Hockey League says relocation to Seattle is a viable option if the city of Glendale, Ariz. can't soon reach an arena deal with the potential buyers of the Phoenix Coyotes.
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  • Realitycheck wrote...
    One can only hope
    It would be awesome to finally get the greatest team sport close enough to actually consider getting season tickets. Love the Canucks but with border crossing and long drive it makes weekday games an impossible thing for me.
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  • Mike17Will wrote...
    that and...
    I don't ever even see that many Canucks games on TV. I'm with you, I root for them because of proximity, but how cool would it be to have our own team! We could get a nice little rivalry going on with our neighbors to the north. I really hope we get NHL
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  • DJS425 wrote...
    Leverage city
    Glendale will back down to the NHL's demands. We in Seattle are/were unique to have a city council who cares so little about its sports teams. I find it hard to believe Glendale would let this team walk, especially since they're talking to owners and NHL. Seattle council right or wrong wouldnt even talk to NBA and its owners.
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  • AKAF wrote...
    Glendale is currently balking
    Recent meetings held on June 27 shows that the city council is considering balking on the deal between the two entities. A closed door session is scheduled to be held Friday (today) but insiders, out of AZ, are saying that it looks like no deal will be made before the deadline.
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  • Cash wrote...
    It will never happen but...
    If for some reason this happens I will be first in line to purchase season tickets!!!
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  • Mavila wrote...
    When Glendale...
    freezes over, Seattle will get a hockey team.
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  • fisher wrote...
    Did I read that right?
    The city has to pay the sports team 15 million a year to play in the city's arena?
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  • ToldYa wrote...
    Not another
    professional sports team to hold the tax payers hostage... 4 get it.
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  • Cash wrote...
    ToldYa
    I hope you did not vote democrat after making that comment... Just saying; I think it is the strange hold the elected liberals around here that hold us hostage and not the teams...
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  • Cash wrote...
    Auto correct
    Strangle hold...
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  • bigbertha wrote...
    ok
    Ok now we dont have a D I C K HEAD like David Stern to screw us on this deal. unless the NHL commisioner is just like him? lets just hope that Glendale doesnt want to facilitate the Coyotes anymore. lets go CHRIS HANSEN I STILL SUPPORT YOU. WE WILL GET OUR EXSPANSION TEAM(SONICS) AS SOON AS STERN AND BURN IS OUT OF THE CAPTIANS CHAIR.
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  • messiah101 wrote...
    Now watch the attempt to rewrite the MOU
    For the new arena and a attempt to get the arena built with only the acquisition of a NHL team.
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  • Johnnymac50 wrote...
    NHL
    It would be fantastic for the NHL to come to Seattle. Do those daydreamers in the city council ever consider anything practical like maybe ATTEMPTING to bring in a sports team which would be beneficial to the economy as well as hockey fans? Do the council-people ever get the fact that it's not always about them, and that obtaining a true professional hockey team might even create an environment where they could bring in an NBA team once Scrooge Stern leaves the throne room? I dunno, "it could happen"...
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  • messiah101 wrote...
    Johnnymac50
    I just gotta hear your explanation of how a sports franchise benefits a cities economy.Its never been proven but your free to make your case,can you?
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  • Hank Reardon wrote...
    Messiah
    I rarely agree with you....RARELY. I would live to have an NHL team, but I refuse to be taxed so millionaires can make more millions.
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  • Johnnymac50 wrote...
    Sonics
    I'm not sure if you ever read the articles about all of the satellite businesses which either had to shut down, move, or simply downsize when the Sonics left town. Those are real people with real business losses which affected their lives greatly; and so since their own personal economies were turned upside down, and their businesses; whether related to concessions, or restaurants, or t-shirt sales; were all a part of the city of Seattle-it's quite easy to see that a sports team greatly affects the economy of it's native city. Not only that, but oftentimes an arena or stadium can bolster a particular area of a city by "upgrading" the surrounding busineses and immediate areas. This is not really a complicated concept to grasp. Look at what happened to the Sodo area when Safeco and the building formerly known as "Seahawks Stadium" were erected.
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  • Hank Reardon wrote...
    Key Arena?
    How many people does that hold for hockey, what 10,000? How can that be a real viable alternative. Seattle being played again.
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