Sports enterprise and investigative reporter for Seattle Times. A reader claims: Like a terrier on a rat. Bite down hard, shake him till head flies off.

Is NHL expansion decision in Quebec City, Las Vegas delayed because of Seattle City Council’s Sodo Arena vote? — A vote confirming two NHL expansion franchises still hasn't happened, and the league could be stalling to await the outcome of a Seattle City Council vote on the Sodo Arena proposal. A funny thing happened on the way to rubber-stamping those two expansion applications the National Hockey League received in July from Quebec City and Las Vegas.

Seattle Mariners outfielder Greg Halman killed — Seattle Mariners outfielder Greg Halman was stabbed to death early Monday and his brother was arrested, Dutch police said. A man who coached both Mariners outfielder Greg Halman and his younger brother in the Netherlands said the player's stabbing death on Monday is devastating to baseball fans in that country.
Nov 22, 2015

Four years ago this weekend, #Mariners outfielder Greg Halman was stabbed to death. Feels like it happened yesterday…

Firm that wanted to offer a deal to renovate KeyArena scrutinized — New Mexico firm has shifted its focus in its short life Matt Donald says he once worked as a personal fitness trainer to pay his way through school before embarking on real estate finance.
Nov 18, 2015

Some more info on a firm that offered to help finance #KeyArena reno. Also on a house photo a local website posted.

Nov 18, 2015

More details on MT Phoenix, their biz model, shaky website, #KeyArena + a house photo that wasn't really of their HQ

Nov 18, 2015

RT @SeaTimesSports: New Mexico firm that wanted to discuss KeyArena renovation is scrutinized.

Washington state lawmakers trying to sort out luck from skill in fantasy sports — Will Olympia loosen rules for fantasy sports in Washington? That was the central question during hearings last week. OLYMPIA - Barry Gipson looked on attentively Thursday as the legalization of fantasy sports in Washington was discussed in front of those tasked with stomping out all paid versions of such games.

Seattle won’t entertain offers on alternative arena sites to Sodo, Mayor Ed Murray says — Though a New Mexico investment group expressed interest in renovating KeyArena for the NBA and NHL, Murray says he will honor an agreement with Chris Hansen that runs through 2017 to build an arena in the Sodo District.

Is it gambling? Why fantasy sports sites like DraftKings and FanDuel are illegal in Washington state — More than 40 other states allow daily fantasy betting. But as ads from FanDuel and DraftKings flood TV, Washington residents are banned from playing. For anyone tempted to test Washington's hard-line stance against fantasy sports, Ronald Ehli has a warning.

DraftKings and FanDuel spend millions on fantasy sports advertising, and it works — Both companies have generated a lot of name recognition by spending more than $200 million on advertising during the 2015 NFL season. DraftKings and FanDuel are taking the concept of brand awareness to a whole different level this NFL season.
Nov 12, 2015

RT @SeaTimesSports: DraftKings and FanDuel spend millions on fantasy sports advertising, and it works. | @geoffbakertimes investigates:…

Major sports leagues not afraid to partner with fantasy sites FanDuel and DraftKings — Daily fantasy sports games drive more people to watch sports on TV, which helps the NFL, NBA, MLB, NHL, MLS and NASCAR. But is it gambling? Daily fantasy sports operators have plenty of high-powered friends in the real lsports world.

Group wants to overhaul KeyArena for NBA, NHL, but mayor hasn’t responded — A New Mexico-based real-estate investment company sent a letter to Mayor Ed Murray's chief of staff on July 21 expressing interest in paying for a KeyArena renovation. Seattle native Christopher Brozovich, who wrote the letter, said he still hasn't heard back.
Nov 11, 2015

Group offered in July to look into paying to overhaul #KeyArena for #NHL + #NBA, but Seattle's mayor hasn't replied.

Nov 11, 2015

RT @GeoffBakerTIMES: Group offered in July to look into paying to overhaul #KeyArena for #NHL + #NBA, but Seattle's mayor hasn't replied.

Nov 11, 2015

From @GeoffBakerTIMES: Group eyes KeyArena overhaul for NBA/NHL, but mayor hasn’t responded

Nov 11, 2015

RT @GeoffBakerTIMES: Group offered in July to look into paying to overhaul #KeyArena for #NHL + #NBA, but Seattle's mayor hasn't replied.

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Seattle sports marketers play to the uniqueness of their fans and teams / Inside Sports Business — Sports franchises connect with fans in ways many other corporations don't. Attendees at a workshop in downtown Seattle heard tales of the changes that can occur in an industry where technology plays a major role. But also, of how personal interaction and a human touch can still pay huge dividends.
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Nov 27, 2015

@Bhamalpha @BarDown @JayOnrait And if US, Liberia and Myanmar adopted metric system, entire planet would be on it. See you at 55-yard line.

Nov 26, 2015

Some good holiday cheer with the audio on that last fumbled snap. #Packers

Nov 26, 2015

Brett Favre-Bart Starr moment the best football thing on TV all day.

Nov 26, 2015

Robbie Gould apparently trying to make that tackle without using his hands, arms, shoulders, head...or body for that matter. #Bears #Packers

Nov 26, 2015

@TheCrappyTotals Won a Super Bowl his rookie year for the team that plays here this weekend.

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