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National Hockey League agrees to accept and consider Seattle expansion application

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The iconic sloped roof of KeyArena center a sports and entertainment venue at the Seattle Center is seen from above Monday Dec. 4 2017 in Seattle

The Seattle City Council on Monday approved a memorandum of understanding with Los Angeles-based Oak View Group in a $600 million privately financed project to renovate the facility, formerly the home of the NBA's SuperSonics.

The National Hockey League's (NHL) board of governors has agreed to consider an application for expansion from Seattle, commissioner Gary Bettman said Thursday.

The commissioner also noted that Seattle would be on the hook for a $650 million expansion fee should it be accepted as the 32nd team. The Vegas expansion fee was $500 million.

Bettman says the process with Seattle will be similar to Las Vegas, starting with a ticket drive.

Bettman says he doesn't know where this leaves Quebec City other than to say right now they're only looking at Seattle for possible expansion.

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He made the announcement after the first day of the board of governors meeting in Manalapan, Fla. The Knights have been a great boost for the league, as they've started the season better than any expansion team in NHL history, and are vying for the top spot in the Pacific Conference with the L.A Kings.

When the sale is finalized and the league has approved the deal, Dundon would take control of all team operations.

Bettman says expansion application for Seattle is basically the same as #Vegas except for price BUT also may consider option for relocation in 2020-21 if it comes to that instead.

There are 31 National Hockey League franchises with the Western Conference holding 15 and the Eastern Conference having 16.

"It was a unanimous vote and we think we are going to bring hockey back to Seattle!"

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