There is no podcast today, but there is some business to be done in the Sin Bin, thanks to recent guest and Seattle Times sports business columnist Geoff Baker. After bringing us news from NBA Commissioner Adam Silver yesterday, Baker is at it again with NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman today. We post the tweets without comment.
#NHL commish Bettman says #Seattle FEIS not enuf, expansion look starts when "You've got your approvals, you've got your financing."— Geoff Baker (@GeoffBakerTIMES) April 24, 2015
Bettman says waiting for #Seattle group to step up with a plan. "In Las Vegas, there's steel coming out of the ground." #NHL #expansion— Geoff Baker (@GeoffBakerTIMES) April 24, 2015
#NHL commish Bettman on why he went public about Bellevue/Tukwila groups: "I didn't believe at the time that it was a secret" #Seattle— Geoff Baker (@GeoffBakerTIMES) April 24, 2015
#NHL commish Bettman says #Seattle Mayor Murray told him in Jan meeting there "might be greater flexibility" on MOU front.— Geoff Baker (@GeoffBakerTIMES) April 24, 2015
My sense talking with Gary Bettman/other #NHL officials today...#Seattle wide open to any group that steps up with $$ + workable arena plan.— Geoff Baker (@GeoffBakerTIMES) April 24, 2015
UPDATE 3:30 P.M.
Bettman gave a hint about potential expansion fees to a room full of Associated Press editors today. How does half a billion sound?
"From your question, you seem to be inferring that would be a lot of money for an NHL team," Bettman said, when the $500 million figure was posed to him. "I happen to believe that number — not that I'm confirming or denying it — would be not a lot of money. I think NHL franchises should be worth at least that."