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Plans for arena, financing must be in place before NHL considers expansion to Seattle — Commissioner Gary Bettman says the league will listen to potential ownership groups as soon as one shows it can make an arena work in the Seattle area. NEW YORK - NHL commissioner Gary Bettman made it clear Friday that Seattle needs an arena plan and financing in place before the league even considers expanding there.

NBA commissioner doesn't see league coming to Seattle for several years — Any arena plans for the Seattle area will be facing an "NHL first" scenario after NBA commissioner Adam Silver reiterated Thursday he expects no league expansion or relocation for at least two or three more years.

NBA commissioner doesn’t see league coming to Seattle for several years — Adam Silver said Thursday that NBA expansion or relocation is unlikely for at least 2 or 3 years, making an NHL-first scenario likely for Seattle. NEW YORK - Any arena plans for the Seattle area will be facing an "NHL first" scenario after NBA commissioner Adam Silver reiterated Thursday he expects no league expansion or relocation for at least two or three more years.

Steve Gordon pleads guilty to federal wire fraud after posing as Steve Ballmer, bankers — Steve Gordon, who worked for the Sonics and several other NBA teams and longtime friend of Steve Ballmer, enters guilty plea in U.S. District Court. Longtime former Sonics assistant Steve Gordon pleaded guilty Wednesday to a charge of federal wire fraud for telling investors that billionaire Steve Ballmer was his business partner.

Steve Gordon, longtime Seattle basketball figure, ensnares Steve Ballmer, others in failed business deals — Steve Gordon says he did so much grunt work for billionaires, he couldn't help trying to wheel and deal like them. The former Sonics employee and longtime Seattle basketball figure, known as the "Hat Man," faces serious trouble after failed business ventures here and overseas. Two lawsuits against him seek a combined $15 million.

Steve Gordon, former Sonics special assistant, charged with federal wire fraud — Steve Gordon was charged last week by the U.S. attorney's office in Seattle after a 10-month investigation by the FBI for alleged schemes, including impersonating former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer. Steve Gordon, longtime former Sonics special assistant, has been charged with federal wire fraud for initiating at least $4 million in business deals under false pretenses, including his claim that billionaire Steve Ballmer was his partner.

Study: Seattle might not be financially ready to take on an NHL team — A recent income levels study by American City Business Journals found Seattle likely to financially accommodate NBA expansion or relocation, but only "borderline" at sustaining the NHL. That's worth noting as the city of Seattle prepares a May 7 release of the final Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) on a Sodo arena proposed by entrepreneur Chris Hansen.

Ex-Mariner Charlton Jimerson’s life story of triumph, tragedy still being written — Charlton Jimerson, who battled his way to the major leagues and played for the Mariners despite homelessness, has written an autobiography. But the death Sunday of his brother is a stark reminder that his story is still being written.

Try as they might, no one an really stop live streaming — Six years ago during spring training, I flipped a switch and began live-streaming a Mariners-themed video chat show via a small camera and laptop from a table outside the team's clubhouse. Live video streaming was brand new and the Mariners were intrigued and supportive in supplying locations for the shows.

Seattle gridlock slows down NHL expansion plans — There was slight movement on the hockey expansion front last week, though not involving Seattle. The National Hockey League told prospective owners in Las Vegas to proceed with a "season-ticket drive'' to gauge interest. For now, fans won't have to plunk down money, only express interest in buying tickets if an NHL franchise arrives.
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