NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman and Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly flew to Seattle last week and met privately with King County Executive Dow Constantine and Seattle Mayor Ed Murray. Bettman has publicly stated the league has interest in placing a franchise in the Seattle market, but that “building issues” have gotten in the way.
Constantine spokesman Frank Abe described the meeting between Bettman and Constantine as a “meet and greet” and that “nothing was really brewing right now.”…
It’s unclear why Bettman and Daly made the personal appearance in Seattle, as opposed to discussing matters over the phone.
That’s our old pal Chris Daniels of KING 5 TV reporting, and I should think he knows as well as anyone why they went to Seattle in person: Nobody gets headlines in USA Today for making a phone call. Hop on a plane, though, and it’s Katie, bar the printing presses.
In any event, the only phrase to pay attention to in this whole article is “building issues,” since in this case that means Seattle doesn’t have an arena that can fit hockey, and isn’t going to get a new arena unless it gets an NBA team, so it doesn’t really matter what Bettman and Daly want. It’s great for making Seattle officials look like they’re doing something to try to get a new sports team, though, and for NHL officials to make it look like there are lots of cities vying to get expansion teams, so it’s all good. Except for conveying any actual meaning, if that’s what you expect from your news.