When Chris Hansen signed the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Seattle for the SoDo Arena, it was set in stone that an NBA franchise was the only thing that would set construction in motion. At the time, it seemed much more likely than acquiring an NHL team. Now, the script is flipped and a hockey franchise seems way more possible, except, you know, for that pesky MOU. NHL commissioner Gary Bettman met with Seattle Mayor Ed Murray and King County Executive Dow Constantine this week to find out how likely it is that the arena could be built with only an NHL franchise. The mayor may it abundantly clear that the answer is...no. Right or wrong, the city is still leaning on the return of the Sonics to signal the start of a new arena era in town.
Meanwhile, it was also revealed that Victor Coleman, CEO of Hudson Pacific Properties, Jonathan Glaser, Managing Member of JMG Capital Management, and Jeff Marks, Managing Director of Premier Partnerships are the lead investors in the group attempting to bring an NHL squad to Seattle. They'll have to start pulling some tricks out of their sleeves if they want it to happen anytime soon.
· Seattle Mayor Ed Murray tells NHL city won't change arena deal for hockey [MyNorthwest]
· Prospective Seattle NHL owners revealed [King5]
· All Sodo Arena coverage [Curbed Seattle]