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KING 5 reporter Chris Daniels said the NHL currently sees an opening in the Seattle market, while the timeline for the NBA is longer-term.
“This is why the NHL wants to come here before the NBA gets here. They want to get the ticket base built up, the corporate support, the suites, the new building, be the shiny new thing in town, follow the Sounders model, and hopefully for the NHL franchise and for the league, there’s long-term success out of that.”
“I think if they’re here second or if they’re here around the same time (as the NBA), it’ll be tougher for the long-term success of the NHL franchise,” he said.