Two reports out today could possibly give NBA and NHL fans in Seattle some hope. KGO's Tim Montemayor says the NBA is having productive talks about expanding to Seattle. NHL commissioner Gary Bettman is unsure if the Coyotes will stay in Glendale.
First up, the NBA. Montemayor says the league could possible expand to add one team. And it appears Seattle is a front-runner.
...Deal they have discussed a timetable but have not settled the issue. I am also told the H&B group are aware of a working plan to...— Tim Montemayor (@TheMontyShow) June 12, 2013
It was again made clear to me today that Chris Hansen did an about face in attitude and tone late in the #NBAKings fight and that is the ...— Tim Montemayor (@TheMontyShow) June 12, 2013
Only reason expansion would be "likely and viable" in #Seattle it is believed Hansen is one of the few or the only one who can overcome ...— Tim Montemayor (@TheMontyShow) June 12, 2013
This fits after Chris Hansen appeared of KJR's Dave "Softy" Mahler's show a few weeks ago. On the show, Hansen talked up wanting an expansion team and didn't want to chase and possibly move another team out of it's city.
Montemayor has also expressed something that's been talked about around Seattle. He feels the next TV contract is big for Seattle's hopes to get a club. He also thinks it'll only be one expansion team that'll be Seattle. But it appears this will take some time. Maybe future commissioner Adam Silver's first major issue as the league's new boss.
The second part of this, is the NHL. Today, their commish wants the city of Glendale to figure something out with an arena lease. Bettman wants to stay there, but he says it's possible that they could move the franchise.
There are multiple questions and comments on Coyotes future in Glendale. The first one is around the 4:19 mark. The city of Glendale is expected to meet June 25th, presumably to talk about the Coyotes situation. Then the NHL board of governors will meet June 27th. Surely, they'll know more about the Coyotes situation and could take action for the future of the franchise. But the league also says no decision by the city could mean a decision to the NHL, as far as the Coyotes area concerned.
The league is waiting on the Glendale issue to be resolved and negotiations of using NHL players in the next Olympics to decide on next season's schedule. Both issues is causing a delay of making the schedule. It's also possible they could move the club. The usual suspects come to mind of potential relocation homes, Quebec City and Seattle.
Of course, you can't put the cart before the horse. If Chris Hansen's group is the one to help build an arena, then the NBA must give them an expansion team first. At least that's how Hansen's deal is in place. But if the NBA gives them a team or a promise of a team soon, the NHL could follow.