National Hockey League gives Seattle green light to apply for franchise

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NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman says the league's board of governors agreed to consider an expansion application from Seattle.

The expansion fee for Seattle is set at $650 million. The Vegas expansion fee was $500 million. "We will let them make a case and if they also want to try to do a study for selling season tickets, they can", Bettman said.

Whatever the team ends calling itself, the National Hockey League appears to be heading back to the state of Washington.

Bettman says he doesn't know where this leaves Quebec City other than to say right now they're only looking at Seattle for possible expansion.

Thursday's board of governors meeting also saw Dallas billionaire Tom Dundon sign an agreement to buy a majority stake in the Carolina Hurricanes from Peter Karmanos Jr. The Knights have been a great boost for the league, as they've started the season better than any expansion team in NHL history, and are vying for the top spot in the Pacific Conference with the L.A Kings.

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Seattle plans to have a new arena ready by 2020 with the intent of luring an National Hockey League and an NBA team as anchor tenants.

After the news that the Seattle City Council had approved the renovation plan to KeyArena, Seattle immediately became the hottest free agent of all the cities on the market.

When city leaders announced the NHL decision, a poster hung from the podium reading "Seattle World Hockey Championships 1917".

Durkan recently signed an agreement with a developer to renovate KeyArena so the venue could be ready for an National Basketball Association or NHL team.

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