NHL initiated Seattle meeting last week for arena update: report

NHL commissioner Gary Bettman looks to be very interested in Seattle as a future home for a team....

NHL commissioner Gary Bettman looks to be very interested in Seattle as a future home for a team. (Dave Abel/QMI Agency/Files)

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, Last Updated: 12:36 AM ET

The NHL appears to be keen on placing a future hockey franchise in Seattle.

The only sticking point is if a hockey-friendly arena will be built in the near future.

Commissioner Gary Bettman and his deputy Bill Daly met with Seattle Mayor Ed Murray and King County Executive Dow Constantine last week to see if the city would change their arena project to allow construction to commence if an NHL team is obtained before one from the NBA, according to a report.

Currently, the Memorandum of Understanding on the Seattle Arena project allows construction to begin following an environmental review and a basketball team is secured.

"They were interested in changing the MOU, governing the future arena, allowing them go first instead of basketball," Murray told local TV station KING5. "I told them that at least at this point, I didn't think the council is interested in flipping that."

Bettman and Daly made the trip May 6 following a playoff game between the Los Angeles Kings and Anaheim Ducks the previous night.

Murray said he "offered suggestions like Key Arena as an interim possibility, but they didn't seem interested."

According to KING5 sources, King County's Constantine has been meeting with several interested hockey investors over the last few months, of which three have expressed interest in owning an NHL franchise in Seattle.


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