The NHL confirmed what had been rumored for months at its Board of Governors meeting — Seattle is a definite target for hockey, which has 31 teams and needs a 32nd to balance out both its conferences and its schedules. The NHL will allow members of the Oak View Group, which successfully lobbied the Seattle City Council to approve its plan to spend $660 million to renovate both the Arena and the nearby Seattle Center, to begin a season ticket drive for the potential expansion team. Hockey’s timetable for expansion is thus clearly and substantially ahead of the NBA’s.
Mark Berman: While nothing has happened, new #Rockets owner @TilmanJFertitta says the NHL is on his radar: “I would love to bring an NHL team here. It’s just got to make sense. It’d be hard to fathom that we can’t support an NHL team here. Zero has happened, but we will start looking at it”
A spokeswoman for Monumental confirmed to The Associated Press that there is an agreement in place with Powell Jobs pending approval from the NBA and NHL. Monumental owns the NBA’s Washington Wizards and NHL’s Washington Capitals. Powell Jobs, widow of former Apple co-founder and CEO Steve Jobs, is a philanthropist and entrepreneur and president of the Emerson Collective.
Sir Charles is selling himself short, according to Roenick. “He knows sports and he always has an opinion,” Roenick said, laughing. “He would have no problem telling Mike and I what we don’t know about the game. Roenick predicted that if Barkley joined NBC’s team for a game “it would be the highest-rated hockey program of all-time.”
Barkley lives in Arizona and attends five to 10 Coyotes game per season. He’s also following the career of Arizona native Auston Matthews, who is a young star with the Toronto Maple Leafs. “But really I root for the guys who are great but didn’t win a championship because I’m on that list,” he said. “At the start of the playoffs, I was rooting for Henrik Lundqvist, (Alex) Ovechkin and Joe Thornton.”