Seattle, the city famous for its burnt coffee, rain, and the home of Frasier and Niles Crane, is getting a National Hockey League team. Unlike cities that steal teams from Canada, Seattle is getting an expansion team. This from Gary Bettman, the longtime commissioner of the NHL:
Today is an exciting and historic day for our league as we expand to one of North America’s most innovative, beautiful and fastest-growing cities. And we are thrilled that Seattle, a city with a proud hockey history that includes being the home for the first American team ever to win the Stanley Cup, is finally joining the NHL.
If Seattle is so great, why did the NBA leave it for Oklahoma City?
What I find funny about this announcement is if Seattle is such a great place for a professional sports team to be, why did the NBA want to leave? The SuperSonics wanted out of Seattle so badly, they paid the city $45 million to move to Oklahoma City before the 2008-09 NBA season. Who would rather live in Oklahoma than Washington? The franchise then renamed itself after an AC/DC song. They not only wanted out of Seattle, but they also wanted to distance themselves from their own name.
The NBA can be really stupid sometimes
I think the NBA and team owners were stupid to leave Seattle. They should have stayed in Seattle. They should have retained the team’s name. The SuperSonics had a history.
Seattle is a great sports city. The NFL’s Seahawks seem to always sell out and they’re the only team in the league that considers their fans the 12th man. The soccer team, the Seattle Sounders FC, has a great fan base, one of the best in MLS.
I don’t know about the Seattle Mariners. Like most normal people, I haven’t watched a Mariners game since Ken Griffey Jr. left the team. I don’t even know if the Mariners are shown on MLB.TV. They may be blacked out for everyone’s best interest. Then again, they show Baltimore Orioles games. If they don’t blackout Orioles games, they won’t black out any bad team.
I never thought I’d say this, but I agree with Gary Bettman: a team in Seattle is good for the NHL. It will help promote the league in Asia. It will also help teams and their fans on the West Coast. They’ll have one more team in their own time zone to play. It means easier travel for teams on the West Coast as they’ll have one more team in their own backyard relatively speaking. It also means their fans won’t have to stay up late to watch their team play.