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Re: Sonics/NHL/New arena thread
Thu Aug 16, 2018 10:32 am
  • Any eta on NHL confirmation? Feels like its gone a bit quiet and its almost the fall.

    I'm guessing any issues with the arena have been pretty hashed out given yesterday the Storm confirmed they will play at UW's arena next year and by all accounts the project will be shovel ready after the NBA exhibition game in October.
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Re: Sonics/NHL/New arena thread
Thu Aug 16, 2018 10:52 am
  • Glasgow Seahawk wrote:Any eta on NHL confirmation? Feels like its gone a bit quiet and its almost the fall.

    I'm guessing any issues with the arena have been pretty hashed out given yesterday the Storm confirmed they will play at UW's arena next year and by all accounts the project will be shovel ready after the NBA exhibition game in October.


    I heard Lieweke interviewed on the radio last week, and he said things are progressing on schedule............which means should be an announcement in the fall I'd imagine after the arena gets final approval and the reno moves forward.

    The NHL knows arena deals are delicate, so they're not going to jump the gun in case of delays.
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Re: Sonics/NHL/New arena thread
Thu Aug 16, 2018 11:59 am
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Re: Sonics/NHL/New arena thread
Thu Aug 30, 2018 12:40 pm
  • Glasgow Seahawk wrote:Any eta on NHL confirmation? Feels like its gone a bit quiet and its almost the fall.

    I'm guessing any issues with the arena have been pretty hashed out given yesterday the Storm confirmed they will play at UW's arena next year and by all accounts the project will be shovel ready after the NBA exhibition game in October.


    On the latest Tuesdays with Tod segment on KJR, Tod pointed to October 2 as the probable date the group would be presenting their case to the NHL BOG. He also indicated that by that date, the agreement with the city would be finalized and the practice facility would be announced.
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Re: Sonics/NHL/New arena thread
Tue Sep 04, 2018 9:56 pm


  • On Wednesday, the Oak View Group (OVG) will unveil new local investors for its proposed National Hockey League team. A scheduled press conference is expected to include lead investor David Bonderman.

    The announcement comes the same week as city leaders quietly pushed forward key documents in an effort to meet the NHL deadline.

    Last week, without much fanfare, the city's Department of Construction and Inspections published a more than 1,000-page document which including an intensive analysis of the impacts to the Seattle Center, and proposed changes.

    The Final EIS, as it is called, is required by law, and can be challenged until September 13, 2018. The next day, the Seattle City Council is scheduled to vote on final transaction documents on the 750,000-square-foot redevelopment. OVG says it will be built with the NHL, NBA, and concerts in mind.

    Council member Debora Juarez announced Tuesday that the final vote of the full council is now scheduled for Monday, September 24.

    The timing is important, and not without coordination.

    The NHL confirmed the Seattle group plans on making its pitch to bring the league to the city the following week, on October 2. That's when the league's Executive Committee, and Board of Governors, are slated to hear the presentation.

    It's unclear if the league could vote to approve the $650 million expansion franchise bid out of committee on that day, or with a full Board of Governors vote.

    Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan is scheduled to make her pitch to the NHL owners personally. Late last week Mayor Durkan's office transmitted the final transaction documents to the Council for approval.

    OVG and the group led by Bonderman have said they can deliver a new arena and team to Seattle by the fall of 2020, making the window extremely tight.
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Re: Sonics/NHL/New arena thread
Wed Sep 05, 2018 10:39 am
  • Some Ackerley's... huh. :?

    Weird the Ackerley's were part of the plan(backstabbing) that torpedoed the effort to get the NHL here in 1989.
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Re: Sonics/NHL/New arena thread
Wed Sep 05, 2018 11:55 am
  • twisted_steel2 wrote:Some Ackerley's... huh. :?

    Weird the Ackerley's were part of the plan(backstabbing) that torpedoed the effort to get the NHL here in 1989.


    If I remember correctly Barry refused to configure the Coliseum to work for Hockey in the first renovation.
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Re: Sonics/NHL/New arena thread
Thu Sep 06, 2018 12:40 pm


  • Daly also called it “doubtful” any formal vote will happen on a Seattle franchise between meetings in October and December. Seattle Hockey Partners, the group looking to bring the NHL to the Pacific Northwest, will make a presentation to board’s executive committee on Oct. 2. No vote will take place that day.

    “We would have the vote in person,” Daly said, referring to the annual December meeting that will take place in Florida.

    The Vegas Golden Knights played their first season in 2017-18 as the league’s 31st team. While Commissioner Gary Bettman has stated repeatedly the NHL is in no rush to expand, there are positives beyond what will be a $650 million expansion fee.

    “It does provide alignment for the league,” Daly said. “We’ve been misaligned for a couple years in the sense of more teams in the East and less in the West, so that would be a benefit if we were to expand.”
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Re: Sonics/NHL/New arena thread
Fri Sep 07, 2018 8:42 am
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    twisted_steel2 wrote:Some Ackerley's... huh. :?

    Weird the Ackerley's were part of the plan(backstabbing) that torpedoed the effort to get the NHL here in 1989.


    If I remember correctly Barry refused to configure the Coliseum to work for Hockey in the first renovation.


    Yep, once they killed the NHL expansion, then the nail in the coffin was making sure the building wouldn't be suitable for hockey after the remodel.

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Re: Sonics/NHL/New arena thread
Fri Sep 07, 2018 4:30 pm
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    twisted_steel2 wrote:Some Ackerley's... huh. :?

    Weird the Ackerley's were part of the plan(backstabbing) that torpedoed the effort to get the NHL here in 1989.


    If I remember correctly Barry refused to configure the Coliseum to work for Hockey in the first renovation.

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Re: Sonics/NHL/New arena thread
Sat Sep 08, 2018 12:39 am
  • News today, until they grant a Team to Seattle no construction to begin, this Council is something else.
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Re: Sonics/NHL/New arena thread
Sat Sep 08, 2018 11:32 pm
  • chris98251 wrote:News today, until they grant a Team to Seattle no construction to begin, this Council is something else.

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Re: Sonics/NHL/New arena thread
Sat Sep 08, 2018 11:57 pm
  • "Among other things that are required of them before they can start demolition of KeyArena is they do need to essentially have a franchise established for Seattle with the NHL,” he said. “We don’t want to end up with an arena that’s partially demolished without the means to complete it.”

    While it appears that this is yet another delay, documents show that pushing the demolition until December won’t necessarily alter completion by the October 2020 target, reports The Seattle Times.

    Though the arena won’t be delayed, the team’s arrival might


    What might be delayed is the arrival of the team. For the NHL’s part, they’re waiting on the Seattle City Council vote later this month, as well as any last minute appeals that could delay the project. This is partially why there have been hints from local officials — as well as NHL commissioner Gary Bettman — that Seattle’s hockey team may not start play until 2021, in which case other events will be scheduled instead of NHL games until the team arrives.

    Both sides appear to be taking all precautions in the wake of past arena deals that fell through in SoDo, Tukwila, and Bellevue. OVG will make a final presentation to the NHL league owners on October 2, and the NHL is expected to hold an official vote by early December.

    At that point, those who purchased upwards of 33,000 season-ticket deposits will know when exactly they’ll be able to see some NHL hockey


    http://mynorthwest.com/1106051/keyarena-nhl-seattle/

    This makes more sense than posting one little snippet that can be taken out of context. The sooner the city councel approves it, the sooner the NHL can act. More or less.
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Re: Sonics/NHL/New arena thread
Sun Sep 09, 2018 12:15 am
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    "Among other things that are required of them before they can start demolition of KeyArena is they do need to essentially have a franchise established for Seattle with the NHL,” he said. “We don’t want to end up with an arena that’s partially demolished without the means to complete it.”

    While it appears that this is yet another delay, documents show that pushing the demolition until December won’t necessarily alter completion by the October 2020 target, reports The Seattle Times.

    Though the arena won’t be delayed, the team’s arrival might


    What might be delayed is the arrival of the team. For the NHL’s part, they’re waiting on the Seattle City Council vote later this month, as well as any last minute appeals that could delay the project. This is partially why there have been hints from local officials — as well as NHL commissioner Gary Bettman — that Seattle’s hockey team may not start play until 2021, in which case other events will be scheduled instead of NHL games until the team arrives.

    Both sides appear to be taking all precautions in the wake of past arena deals that fell through in SoDo, Tukwila, and Bellevue. OVG will make a final presentation to the NHL league owners on October 2, and the NHL is expected to hold an official vote by early December.

    At that point, those who purchased upwards of 33,000 season-ticket deposits will know when exactly they’ll be able to see some NHL hockey


    http://mynorthwest.com/1106051/keyarena-nhl-seattle/

    This makes more sense than posting one little snippet that can be taken out of context. The sooner the city councel approves it, the sooner the NHL can act. More or less.


    No they want a guarantee a team will be here before they commit to updating the key. They were so fast to denounce the Sodo deal yet are still non commital in the Event Chris Hansen or someone else has a better plan. They are playing both sides and then will take all the credit.
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Re: Sonics/NHL/New arena thread
Mon Sep 24, 2018 9:37 am
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    So is the final vote for interest before the final vote for environmental re study or for actual construction if there is ever a team that wants to come here so they can vote again to accept the previous vote for acceptance since there will be new council members in place and the Mariners will have had their Stadium renovation initiative voted down.

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Mon Sep 24, 2018 5:02 pm
  • But now they have to have a team committed before they will even move a shovel of dirt, do they vote again if someone brings a team here?
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Re: Sonics/NHL/New arena thread
Mon Sep 24, 2018 8:45 pm
  • The next phase in the arena/franchise process comes next week when Seattle Hockey Partners, the ownership group attempting to land the expansion team, presents before the NHL Board of Governors’ Executive Committee.

    ”It’s a good moment. I think it’s the beginning of the journey. It’s not the end of the journey. We have a lot of work to do, but at least now we get to go do the work,” said Tim Leiweke, CEO of Oak View Group, which is undertaking the renovation of the building that opened in 1962.

    For now, the NHL is the priority. The pitch to the Executive Committee next week should be mostly straightforward. Seattle is the largest market in the United States that doesn’t have a winter professional sports team. The local economy is booming and season ticket deposits for the prospective team were cut off at 33,000 earlier this year after a swell of interest.

    ”I don’t think we have to say much,” said Tod Leiweke, President and CEO of Seattle Hockey Partners. ”I think it speaks for itself. An 8-0 vote, a process that concluded when many people said it just simply couldn’t be done. We said we were going to put our best forward and today the city helps us do that.”

    The goal is to have the building ready by the fall of 2020 so a team could start that season. Hitting that target will depend partly on when construction can actually begin. Part of the agreement with the city requires that an NHL franchise be acquired before arena construction can begin. Whether conditional approval from the NHL or a recommendation from the Executive Committee is enough to begin that process may depend on the city.

    Either way, Tim Leiweke said every minute is precious in getting the project done in essentially two years.

    ”But there is no reason that we can’t hopefully get a little bit of momentum next week and convince people that a November, push-dirt, get in there and start working, works,” Leiweke said.

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Re: Sonics/NHL/New arena thread
Mon Sep 24, 2018 10:24 pm
  • It's too bad they couldn't have done this 10 years ago and saved the Sonics. 10 years of the city jerking around and now they are remodeling the same building. Which is what the jerk owners wanted before they moved them.

    Though I could care less about the NBA anymore. I can't wait for NHL.
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Re: Sonics/NHL/New arena thread
Tue Sep 25, 2018 9:52 am
  • chris98251 wrote:But now they have to have a team committed before they will even move a shovel of dirt, do they vote again if someone brings a team here?



    They don't have to have a team committed first, there just had to be a formal agreement with the NHL that WHEN the arena proposal is approved an expansion team will be granted............and that agreement with the NHL has been in place for over a year.

    Now that the Key renovation has been approved, the ownership group and the NHL will give the official expansion announcement, probably sometime in October.
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Re: Sonics/NHL/New arena thread
Tue Sep 25, 2018 12:22 pm
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    chris98251 wrote:But now they have to have a team committed before they will even move a shovel of dirt, do they vote again if someone brings a team here?



    They don't have to have a team committed first, there just had to be a formal agreement with the NHL that WHEN the arena proposal is approved an expansion team will be granted............and that agreement with the NHL has been in place for over a year.

    Now that the Key renovation has been approved, the ownership group and the NHL will give the official expansion announcement, probably sometime in October.



    Then why is this part of the statement, acquired means a team and ownership locked in.

    Part of the agreement with the city requires that an NHL franchise be acquired before arena construction can begin
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Tue Sep 25, 2018 12:31 pm
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    chris98251 wrote:But now they have to have a team committed before they will even move a shovel of dirt, do they vote again if someone brings a team here?



    They don't have to have a team committed first, there just had to be a formal agreement with the NHL that WHEN the arena proposal is approved an expansion team will be granted............and that agreement with the NHL has been in place for over a year.

    Now that the Key renovation has been approved, the ownership group and the NHL will give the official expansion announcement, probably sometime in October.



    Then why is this part of the statement, acquired means a team and ownership locked in.

    Part of the agreement with the city requires that an NHL franchise be acquired before arena construction can begin


    I'm telling you how both sides got around the semantics of the councils demand for a team first.

    The NHL demands an arena approval first before agreeing to an expansion team, and the city requires a team first before agreeing to approve the renovation project.

    What I lined out above is how they got around it, a formal agreement in place so that both sides are happy..........and that's what happened.
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Re: Sonics/NHL/New arena thread
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    chris98251 wrote:But now they have to have a team committed before they will even move a shovel of dirt, do they vote again if someone brings a team here?



    They don't have to have a team committed first, there just had to be a formal agreement with the NHL that WHEN the arena proposal is approved an expansion team will be granted............and that agreement with the NHL has been in place for over a year.

    Now that the Key renovation has been approved, the ownership group and the NHL will give the official expansion announcement, probably sometime in October.



    Then why is this part of the statement, acquired means a team and ownership locked in.

    Part of the agreement with the city requires that an NHL franchise be acquired before arena construction can begin


    Because you're missing the part of the agreement that says the SCC can waive that requirement if they wish to do so. Most everyone is under the impression that a recommendation from the committee on October 2nd could be enough to grant that waiver, as the BOG has never before ignored a recommendation from the committee.
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Re: Sonics/NHL/New arena thread
Tue Sep 25, 2018 6:02 pm
  • One can hope I guess, but I have no faith in the Council, I hope your all right. Remember elections are coming again.
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  • chris98251 wrote:One can hope I guess, but I have no faith in the Council, I hope your all right. Remember elections are coming again.


    The SCC has done absolutely nothing to deserve faith. However it doesn't take faith to realize that a 100% privately funded plan that uses the city owned Key is the dream scenario for them. They would be downright irresponsible not to push this through, regardless of their moronic views on sports.
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Re: Sonics/NHL/New arena thread
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  • chris98251 wrote:One can hope I guess, but I have no faith in the Council, I hope your all right. Remember elections are coming again.


    The only faith you need with the SCC is to know that they're corrupt politicians who were never going to approve anything until they found a sucker to renovate Key Arena so they didn't have to pay for it.................and they found their sucker in the Oak View Group.

    So don't worry Chris, not even they can screw this up. They found a developer who's going to spend over 700 million of it's own money to renovate a building that the city was losing money on, AND they can all do what they did Monday, take full credit to help all their re-election campaigns.
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    chris98251 wrote:One can hope I guess, but I have no faith in the Council, I hope your all right. Remember elections are coming again.


    The only faith you need with the SCC is to know that they're corrupt politicians who were never going to approve anything until they found a sucker to renovate Key Arena so they didn't have to pay for it.................and they found their sucker in the Oak View Group.

    So don't worry Chris, not even they can screw this up. They found a developer who's going to spend over 700 million of it's own money to renovate a building that the city was losing money on, AND they can all do what they did Monday, take full credit to help all their re-election campaigns.

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  • ”I’m very confident we’re going to be able to move forward and get what we need from the NHL and the team and stick to the schedule so we have hockey in 2020,” Durkan said. ”They know we want it in 2020 and (the league would) like to have it in 2020, too, if we get the team.”

    ”With the mayor’s help, what we tried to get across was Seattle is ready for a team, we got potentially a facility that will get built, a partnership with the city and away we go,” Bonderman said. ”All we need is a franchise.”

    All signs point to Seattle getting a team. Beyond the $650 million expansion fee, a team would give the NHL a presence in the U.S. Pacific Northwest with a natural geographic rival for the Vancouver Canucks and balance the Eastern and Western conferences at 16 teams each.

    Leiweke, who along with brother Tim is spearheading the effort, was careful to say the group is not assuming a team is a done deal. The presentation was the latest and most important sell job, and now the league must make the next move.

    ”It’s the NHL who’s in control of this process,” Leiweke said. ”We’re not presumptuous, we’re not going to get in front of them and we’re not going to declare an early victory. We are going to wait and be patient and be completely respectful. It’s been a long time coming, and we can be patient.”
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  • Hell to the yeah.

    I know everyone said this was a formality, but we all know when it comes to the political landscape of Seattle, there's no such thing.
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  • Basically a done deal. The only thing that really remains to be seen is if the council will waive the clause and allow construction to start before the team is officially announced in December.
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Re: Sonics/NHL/New arena thread
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  • Sgt. Largent wrote:Hell to the yeah.

    I know everyone said this was a formality, but we all know when it comes to the political landscape of Seattle, there's no such thing.

    BINGO! It’s a great day for us future Seattle NHL hockey fans. I cannot wait for the first puck to drop. :lol:
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  • KK84 wrote:Basically a done deal. The only thing that really remains to be seen is if the council will waive the clause and allow construction to start before the team is officially announced in December.

    Let’s hope they pull their heads out. Might be the difference in the first season being in 2020 or 2021.
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  • Very exciting news! Hope it’s 2020. Any early ideas or rumors on the team name?
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  • West TX Hawk wrote:Very exciting news! Hope it’s 2020. Any early ideas or rumors on the team name?


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    West TX Hawk wrote:Very exciting news! Hope it’s 2020. Any early ideas or rumors on the team name?


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  • West TX Hawk wrote:Very exciting news! Hope it’s 2020. Any early ideas or rumors on the team name?


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Sat Oct 20, 2018 7:57 am
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    West TX Hawk wrote:Very exciting news! Hope it’s 2020. Any early ideas or rumors on the team name?


    Seattle Sockeye won an informal Seattle Times poll over Seattle Totems.

    :34853_doh:

    I just can't get on board with that name. I really hope they have someone in the leadership group that hates it as much as me.

    What some people aren't thinking about is that this is (hopefully) forever... Sockeye sounds cute and "punny" now but will it in 20 years? Plus what does it say about your franchise and city that we'd choose to name our brand new team after a joke (pun)? The karma on that should be that the team will forever be a joke of a franchise...
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Re: Sonics/NHL/New arena thread
Sat Oct 20, 2018 9:02 am
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    West TX Hawk wrote:Very exciting news! Hope it’s 2020. Any early ideas or rumors on the team name?


    Seattle Sockeye won an informal Seattle Times poll over Seattle Totems.

    :34853_doh:

    I just can't get on board with that name. I really hope they have someone in the leadership group that hates it as much as me.

    What some people aren't thinking about is that this is (hopefully) forever... Sockeye sounds cute and "punny" now but will it in 20 years? Plus what does it say about your franchise and city that we'd choose to name our brand new team after a joke (pun)? The karma on that should be that the team will forever be a joke of a franchise...

    The sockeye name has better logo possibilities. The Totems while a better name has more of a bland logo.

    Whatever the name I’m sure I’ll get used to it.

    The Mariners is kind of a lame name but every one got used to it.
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Sat Oct 20, 2018 9:03 am
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    Maulbert wrote:
    West TX Hawk wrote:Very exciting news! Hope it’s 2020. Any early ideas or rumors on the team name?


    Seattle Sockeye won an informal Seattle Times poll over Seattle Totems.

    :34853_doh:

    I just can't get on board with that name
    . I really hope they have someone in the leadership group that hates it as much as me.

    What some people aren't thinking about is that this is (hopefully) forever... Sockeye sounds cute and "punny" now but will it in 20 years? Plus what does it say about your franchise and city that we'd choose to name our brand new team after a joke (pun)? The karma on that should be that the team will forever be a joke of a franchise...

    I sure can't either..
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Re: Sonics/NHL/New arena thread
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  • DJrmb wrote:
    Maulbert wrote:
    West TX Hawk wrote:Very exciting news! Hope it’s 2020. Any early ideas or rumors on the team name?


    Seattle Sockeye won an informal Seattle Times poll over Seattle Totems.

    :34853_doh:

    I just can't get on board with that name. I really hope they have someone in the leadership group that hates it as much as me.

    What some people aren't thinking about is that this is (hopefully) forever... Sockeye sounds cute and "punny" now but will it in 20 years? Plus what does it say about your franchise and city that we'd choose to name our brand new team after a joke (pun)? The karma on that should be that the team will forever be a joke of a franchise...


    If it has to be a fish, doesn't Steelhead sound better? That would be my vote over Sockeye.
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  • I like the alliteration, and the pun. I absolutely love Seattle Sockeye.
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    Seriously, that octopus isn't very intimidating. You act like there's an obvious difference. There isn't. Also, how is a kracken even vaguely tied to Seattle's culture? At least sockeye salmon have a geographical tie to the PNW.
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    Seriously, that octopus isn't very intimidating. You act like there's an obvious difference. There isn't. Also, how is a kracken even vaguely tied to Seattle's culture? At least sockeye salmon have a geographical tie to the PNW.

    According to the WSDOT Narrows Bridge Weird Facts web page, one of the world's largest octopus species makes its home in Puget Sound - the Giant Pacific Octopus, which can weigh over 600 pounds. Local legend will tell you that the largest Pacific Octopus in the world lives under the Narrows Bridge.

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