NHL in Seattle: 5 Reasons Why It Should Happen

NHL in Seattle: 5 Reasons Why It Should Happen

NHL in Seattle
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With talk of expansion in the NHL, everyone points to one city: Seattle, Wash. It seems like an easy transition for any team that may take a few years to be good. Seattle fans are known to be overly loyal to their own team. They will come out and cheer for whichever teams wears Seattle on their jersey. The NHL should do everything it can to get another team in the pacific northwest. Here are five reasons why.

5. They Already Have an Owner

5. They Already Have An Owner
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5. They Already Have an Owner

5. They Already Have An Owner
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Everyone has heard about Chris Hansen's attempt to get the NBA to come back to Seattle, but the league seems to be using him. He has said he will only build an arena for a basketball team, so that's where Victor Coleman comes in. He sees the seamless transition the NHL would have in Seattle. He has called this the "perfect match." He could come in and immediately be one of the best owners in the league.

4. 14th Largest TV Market

4. 14th Largest TV Market
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4. 14th Largest TV Market

4. 14th Largest TV Market
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Seattle is the largest American market to have never had an NHL team (Atlanta, of course, had one before they moved to Winnepeg). There is no reason why a cold-weather city with as big a media market as this couldn't make it work. You could even be ironic and call the team the Seattle Thunder (their minor-league team is already the Seattle Thunderbirds).

3. Spot Open In Pacific

3. Spot Open In Pacific
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3. Spot Open In Pacific

3. Spot Open In Pacific
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After the readjustment of the league last year, there are currently two divisions with eight teams and two with seven. It looks like a clear attempt for the league to have the option to expand, and one of those openings is in the Pacific division. That would keep the team's travel to a minimum, and wouldn't be a burden like the Winnepeg Jets became.

2. One of Best Fanbases In Sports

2. One of Best Fanbases In Sports
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2. One of Best Fanbases In Sports

2. One of Best Fanbases In Sports
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Everyone knows about the Seahawks' 12th Man, but the Seattle fans come in droves to see their MLS team, the Sounders, as well. They love to support their franchises in the city. The Mariners could be a little better, but they still come out to about 25,000 per game.

1. 85 Percent Said They Would Go To Games

1. 85 Percent Said They Would Go To Games
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1. 85 Percent Said They Would Go To Games

1. 85 Percent Said They Would Go To Games
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When you are the NHL, you do whatever you can to get more excited fans to watch your sport. When a city has eye-popping statistics that say close to 90 percent of the population would care enough to spend money on your new franchise, you jump at that opportunity.

Nick Villano is the New Jersey Devils writer for Rant Sports.  He also adds to the site’s NBA, MLB and NFL content.  You can follow him on Twitter or add him to your Google circle.

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