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Seattle gridlock slows down NHL expansion plans

seattletimes.com — 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.

Seattle gridlock slows down NHL expansion plans

seattletimes.com — 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.

Mariners have shown they are taking the long route

blogs.seattletimes.com — Great to be back in Seattle and looking forward to spring training after a nice couple of weeks off in South Africa and France. As usual, the Mariners timed all of their big moves and non-moves for the moment I left, giving colleague Larry Stone plenty to do.

Why Mariners can spend more entering winter meetings this week

seattletimes.com — Originally published December 7, 2014 at 4:02 PM | Page modified December 7, 2014 at 4:51 PM Inside sports business Something significant will take place when the Mariners go player shopping at the Major League Baseball's winter meetings starting Monday in San Diego. They'll be trying to win next season.

Why Mariners can spend more entering winter meetings this week

seattletimes.com — Originally published Sunday, December 7, 2014 at 4:02 PM Inside sports business Something significant will take place when the Mariners go player shopping at the Major League Baseball's winter meetings starting Monday in San Diego. They'll be trying to win next season. And that's monumental.

When looking at the numbers, and the salaries, Mariners should enjoy Kyle Seager deal

seattletimes.com — Originally published Sunday, November 30, 2014 at 5:56 PM Inside sports business Some eyebrows were raised last week when the Mariners gave Kyle Seager a seven-year, $100-million contract extension. But there was little need to fret, because this was merely business as usual in Major League Baseball.

When looking at the numbers, and the salaries, Mariners should enjoy Kyle Seager deal

seattletimes.com — Originally published Sunday, November 30, 2014 at 5:56 PM Inside sports business Some eyebrows were raised last week when the Mariners gave Kyle Seager a seven-year, $100-million contract extension. But there was little need to fret, because this was merely business as usual in Major League Baseball.

USGA working hard to ensure smooth transportation for U.S. Open at Chambers Bay in June

seattletimes.com — Originally published November 24, 2014 at 5:47 PM | Page modified November 24, 2014 at 5:52 PM Organizers of the upcoming U.S. Open at Chambers Bay say despite a lack of train service, they're working to ensure the residential roads leading to the June golf championship aren't jammed with traffic.

Seattle shouldn’t expect NBA expansion team soon if salary issues remain unresolved

seattletimes.com — Originally published Sunday, November 23, 2014 at 5:47 PM Inside sports business Don't look now, but Scott Boras appears to be running the NBA players union. OK, maybe not. It's just that new NBA union chief Michele Roberts sounds an awful lot like the baseball super-agent when it comes to how wealth should be distributed between players and owners.

Seattle shouldn’t expect an NBA team soon if NBPA director and league don’t resolve salary issues

seattletimes.com — Originally published Sunday, November 23, 2014 at 5:47 PM Inside sports business Don't look now, but Scott Boras appears to be running the NBA players union. OK, maybe not. It's just that new NBA union chief Michele Roberts sounds an awful lot like the baseball super-agent when it comes to how wealth should be distributed between players and owners.
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Dec 15, 2014

If no #arena opposition amongst public/politicians, could do by April. But with appeals/politicking near-certain, rest of 2015 #NHL #Seattle

Dec 15, 2014

And remember, do NOT underestimate how long getting #Seattle arena EIS to a vote could take, given summer, other priorities, negotiations...

Dec 15, 2014

So, summarizing #Seattle arena EIS process: recommendation to city council by March, 4-5 months appeals, preparation for vote, actual vote.

Dec 15, 2014

Once again: column on how approval for #Seattle arena unlikely before at least 2016. Limits #NHL expansion options. seattletimes.com/html/hockey/20…

Dec 15, 2014

@CurtisM40613460 No, I was not. Difference is, the last two stadiums had existing teams wanting to play in them.

Dec 15, 2014

@panthiesba But it also looked like MLB players would strike in 2002 and that was literally averted at the final hour.

Dec 15, 2014

@panthiesba So, a bit early for extending MOU. Political climate to get any MOU changes also not optimal at this stage.

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