Metro Seattle: NHL, NBA and Arena - Part V
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09-25-2012, 11:26 PM
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I disagree. I think that one thing Quebec had over SEA for the NHL was the greenlit rink...that advantage has disappeared. Especially with the lockout potentially buying more time (Colisee is much better suited than Key for short term), Seattle has vaulted into the lead. If the NHL can beat the NBA back (potentially tying up some of the small cross base between the two) they will look to Seattle first, IMO. Much much bigger TV area, much much much bigger corporate base, more safety in numbers.
Quebec is always going to be there. I think the NHL will realize that right now is the perfect time to jump on the Seattle bandwagon. This is not a shot at Quebec. They will be a great market once back. But I think Seattle is more appealing right now.
It wouldn't surprise me one bit that if the NHL can get the Yotes settled quickly to stay in PHO we could be looking at expansion to SEA and QUE by 15 or 16. If Jamison falls through, it's probably the last nail in the coffin of PHO and we will see NHL in SEA before that. QUE will get their team, I have no doubt, but right now I truly believe that SEA is first priority.
Like I said before though (as much as it sucks for ATL fans, I do feel for them), I am just glad that WPG had their stuff in order and ready to go in 2011, else they would be #3 on the priority list, IMO. (assuming ATL had never moved)
The arena deal says NBA is required before the arena is built. If the NHL arrives before NBA then the city has to approve it. Remember as i posted the proposal still needs to be re-approved by KCC and HAS to pass EIS/SEPA (environmental review).
Essentially Seattle is plan A Quebec city is back up.
Both NBA and NHL wants guarantees that the arena will be built. Right now we are one step closer to that guarantee.
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