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.

Making TV money off potential NHL team here a tricky issue — One of many key issues facing would-be NHL owners here is maximizing the value of their television rights. Given what an arena costs, plus a rumored $500 million NHL expansion team price, it's critical they reap as much TV money as possible.

Paul Allen’s First & Goal signs letter expressing concerns over Sodo arena — Seahawks owner Paul Allen's private company, which oversees events, operations and parking at CenturyLink, signs letter raising concerns over proposed arena for NBA and NHL in Sodo. The Washington State Public Stadium Authority also signed the letter.

At Chambers Bay, Fox, new TV team will take their swing — Veteran sports commentator Joe Buck and his sidekick, golf champ Greg Norman, have spent months rehearsing for Fox Sports' first broadcast of the U.S. Open. Two guys who won't set foot on the greens at the upcoming U.S. Open will still likely be scrutinized far more than any golfer.

$500 million price tag to bring NHL team here too hefty — An overlooked item causing behind-the-scenes consternation on the local arena front is a $500 million fee the NHL is now supposedly demanding for expansion franchises. This price has been quoted to me too many times by folks involved in arena discussions here not to have validity.

Dash-cam video of Frank Clark has him being questioned by police — Police in Sandusky, Ohio, on Tuesday released dash-cam footage of their initial response to a 9-1-1 call last November involving Seahawks draft pick Frank Clark. Police in Sandusky, Ohio, on Tuesday released dash-cam footage of their initial response to a 9-1-1 call last November involving Seahawks draft pick Frank Clark.

Backdoor Sodo arena talks show fragility of sports ownership groups — We've gotten some arena-themed reminders the past two weeks of just how fleeting the best-laid plans and allegiances can be in professional sports ownership. First, documents were released showing a Tukwila arena group headed by Connecticut businessman Ray Bartoszek courted Hollywood movie producer Thomas Tull of Legendary Studios fame.

Hotel manager told police Frank Clark said, ‘I will hit you like I hit her’ — The clerk at Ohio hotel told police Seahawks rookie Frank Clark said, "I will hit you like I hit her," the night of the former Michigan star's arrest. Clark, drafted last week by Seattle, and the Seahawks deny that he struck her.

Seattle mayor: Sodo arena deal must be reworked with more private money — The Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) released Thursday is only one hurdle Chris Hansen needs to overcome for the proposed Sodo District arena to be built. Seattle Mayor Ed Murray says the public-funding portion of a Sodo arena project pitched by Chris Hansen must be dramatically reworked in order to fly.

Frank Clark may face possible ban if he has future altercation — The Seahawks' top draft pick won't face NFL discipline for November fracas, but disorerly conduct plea would be a factor in a subsequent incidents. Seahawks draft pick Frank Clark won't face NFL discipline for a hotel altercation with his girlfriend last November, but could be banned indefinitely if anything similar occurs again.

Seattle Seahawks' Frank Clark is not a batterer — A day earlier, she wouldn't give details about what convinced her that Seattle Seahawks top draft pick Frank Clark (Michigan) didn't beat up his girlfriend during an ugly incident at an Ohio hotel last fall.
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May 25, 2015

@RealmofHelm I have no idea what their long term projections are revenue-wise for those MLS teams

May 25, 2015

@hodgedude Yes it is. Doesn't help that there are so many pro and college teams here all trying for their slice of the sports pie

May 25, 2015

Column: Prospective #NHL/#arena owners in #Seattle area need handle on TV money to know whether "NHL first" can work.…

May 23, 2015

@Bham_Insider Until then, not giving Hansen edge just because alleged pundits like his Sonics talk. They've been wrong on most stuff to now.

May 23, 2015

@Bham_Insider But yeah. If u think my "agenda" is finding out if Hansen/Bartoszek can pull this off, correct. Talk is cheap. Show me the $$

May 23, 2015

@Bham_Insider I'd suggest that anyone telling you that's not an issue is the one you should direct your "agenda" cracks to. $$ is only issue

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