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About the only benefit I can see from Tukwila is that it puts the team within reach of those who live/work in the Tacoma area.

Kind of like how Sunrise puts the Panthers within reach of Ft. Lauderdale?

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About the only benefit I can see from Tukwila is that it puts the team within reach of those who live/work in the Tacoma area.

In theory, but that hasn't been a rousing success everywhere else they've tried to split the distance between a market and it's satellite city. Richfield Coliseum comes to mind.

I'm a big proponent of centrally located sports venues. They allow the game to be the middle part of a full night out. Happy hour/dinner before the game, the game, and then after hours at the bars after the home team wins. If people from Tacoma want to see a Seattle Pilots hockey game they can drive up here.

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When I lived there, "visiting Tukwila" meant something else entirely, "I went out with this girl last night and after dinner we went back to my place and visited Tukwila."

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Quebecor announced today they did indeed send an application for NHL expansion.

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Apparently only Vegas and QC submitted bids. Nothing from Hamilton, Toronto, Seattle, Portland, or anyplace else.

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Was hoping Bartoszek might get something in at the last minute. Oh well. Another year of T-Birds hockey.

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Apparently only Vegas and QC submitted bids. Nothing from Hamilton, Toronto, Seattle, Portland, or anyplace else.

Was the deadline today? I would have bet that Seattle would have submitted a bid after the Coyotes almost moved back there a couple of years ago.

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Apparently only Vegas and QC submitted bids. Nothing from Hamilton, Toronto, Seattle, Portland, or anyplace else.

Was the deadline today? I would have bet that Seattle would have submitted a bid after the Coyotes almost moved back there a couple of years ago.

You know, for a city that was on the verge of two winter sports franchises just two years ago, Seattle sure f'ed things up in a hurry. Had the Coyotes moved to Key Arena, I'm sure there'd be more on-the-ground momentum to make the SODO arena happen, which would have likely moved the NBA process along too.

Boy, that bumpkin ex-firefighter sure affected quite a bit with his "burning building" speech and subsequent vote. Sometimes representative democracy -- and especially so in exurbs -- just doesn't work.

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Apparently only Vegas and QC submitted bids. Nothing from Hamilton, Toronto, Seattle, Portland, or anyplace else.

Was the deadline today? I would have bet that Seattle would have submitted a bid after the Coyotes almost moved back there a couple of years ago.

You know, for a city that was on the verge of two winter sports franchises just two years ago, Seattle sure f'ed things up in a hurry. Had the Coyotes moved to Key Arena, I'm sure there'd be more on-the-ground momentum to make the SODO arena happen, which would have likely moved the NBA process along too.

Boy, that bumpkin ex-firefighter sure affected quite a bit with his "burning building" speech and subsequent vote. Sometimes representative democracy -- and especially so in exurbs -- just doesn't work.

GOTTA REMEMBER THOSE 19 FIREFIGHTERS WHO LITERALLY (1) DIED 3 DAYS AGO BY USING THEIR SPIRIT TO KEEP THE COYOTES IN TOWN, THO

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Apparently only Vegas and QC submitted bids. Nothing from Hamilton, Toronto, Seattle, Portland, or anyplace else.

Was the deadline today? I would have bet that Seattle would have submitted a bid after the Coyotes almost moved back there a couple of years ago.

Everyone else probably decided it's not worth $500M for an expansion team when you can buy the Coyotes for $200M (generously).

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Apparently only Vegas and QC submitted bids. Nothing from Hamilton, Toronto, Seattle, Portland, or anyplace else.

Looks like it's getting harder for Bettman to find a way not to give Quebec City a team.

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Prediction: Expansion "cancelled", Coyotes move to Las Vegas for a relocation fee that's in the ballpark of an expansion fee.

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The NHL wants Seattle and Portland more than either want the NHL.

However, Vegas and Quebec seem to be willing to overpay just to get in the club. $2 million out the door and unfazed by a $500 million asking price.

With the Coyotes out clause and the knowledge that Seattle was close and Paul Allen was lurking, why overpay when a team falling in your lap is a real possibility?

Of course, this is the league that had more than one mystery owner of the Coyotes fall through or never appear -- even the most recent one that had only a 30-minute "away game" to offer to the Glendale city council -- so is it possible that the $500 million is just for show and that money never changes hands?

This operation is more arena league than NFL, and it seems some of this is in response to the $2 billion the Clippers got. If the charade that is the Coyotes franchise has been allowed to go on this long... what else is up their sleeves?

Plus Maloofs, right?

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http://www.tsn.ca/2m-fee-scares-off-seattle-bidders-1.333774

Last month, NHL commissioner Gary Bettman stood at a podium in Las Vegas and said he hoped the formal expansion review process he was announcing would provide clarity for the league’s future in the Pacific Northwest.

“Perhaps the process will bring some certainty to the arena situation,” Bettman said. “No one has their arena act together yet in Seattle.”

Turns out, no prospective ownership group could get their arena act together in less than a month - though not due to any shortage of interest.

The NHL’s first deadline for applications to be included for review in the expansion process passed on Monday and three different camps in the Seattle area confirmed they did not submit bids.

Daly did, however, say the league will not consider any latecoming party who did not meet Monday’s hard deadline.

To engage only serious inquiries, the NHL set the application fee for prospective ownership groups at $10 million, with only $8 million of that being refundable should a bid not receive one of the league’s next franchises.

That $2 million non-refundable asking price likely scared off the three interested parties in downtown Seattle, suburban Tukwila and nearby Bellevue - the financial risk too big even for billionaires to bank on arena plans made up purely of hope at this point, not concrete.

The NHL seemed to be most interested in courting Seattle. All three camps in Washington said they will continue to push for an arena. The league said they will not be accepting late bidders. The real test will be if arena funding suddenly materializes in one of those three Seattle cities in the next four or five weeks and a prospective owner shows up waving a cheque for upwards of $500 million.

3 potential owners either make or break in the next couple of weeks.... Let's see what happens next.

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NHL "accidentally" misplaces Quebec City's expansion application. Bettman swears "It was here a minute ago". In the meantime NHL oddly awards Las Vegas both expansion teams.

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