Just one day after the NHL announced the city of Seattle has been awarded an expansion franchise, the Emerald City received more exciting news.
The XFL is coming to CenturyLink Field.
XFL Commissioner Oliver Luck announced that Seattle was selected as one of eight franchises in the new professional football league. Seattle joins New York, Dallas, Houston, Los Angeles, Tampa Bay, Washington D.C., and St. Louis as the league's inaugural cities.
IT’S OFFICIAL! The #XFL is coming to Seattle and we could not be more excited to kick off our inaugural season at @CenturyLink_Fld in 2020. Make your season ticket deposit today: https://t.co/VTCQIQtRly⁰#XFL2020 🔜 🏈 pic.twitter.com/5FEJ3T9TYF— XFL Seattle (@XFLSeattle) December 5, 2018
The XFL lasted one year in 2001 until its rebirth Wednesday. Vince McMahon, former CEO of WWE, founded the XFL during its initial run.
McMahon shared news of the XFL’s revival earlier this year, making it clear the revamped league would share no similarities to the 2001 league other than a name.
The second edition of the XFL will feature a 40-man roster with athletes who are focused on “good football” rather than politics, and players with no criminal records. The league will also give athletes an opportunity to keep their talents in the U.S. rather than head to the CFL.
Why is the XFL intriguing for fans in Seattle? Not only will football fanatics be able to keep watching their favorite sport beyond the NFL season, the XFL will likely provide fans with a more affordable alternative for family entertainment.
Games will begin the weekend of Feb 8, 2020.
The news is out: the NHL is coming to Seattle. The NHL’s Board of Governors unanimously approved the Emerald City as the future home of the league’s 32nd team.
While Seattle’s newest team won’t take the ice until the 2021-22 season, there’s a lot of excitement around the league's latest expansion team.
NBC Sports studio analyst and former Boston Bruins player, Mike Milbury, says Seattle hockey and the NHL were destined to happen.
“It seems like Seattle has been in the mix here for quite a long time…they’ve been pushing for it,” Milbury said. “The fact that they were able to attract so many season ticket holders to put a deposit, I think 32,000 in a single day, according to their reports, bodes well for the future of Seattle.”
Seattle will partake in an expansion draft with similar rules to Las Vegas. They must select one player from each franchise except Vegas, their final roster must include 14 forwards, nine defenseman, and three goaltenders, and at least 20 of the 30 players selected have to be contracted for the 2021-22 season.
Keith Jones, NBC Sports studio analyst and former Canadian hockey player, said the 2021-22 draft could have less favorable options for Seattle, as NHL teams will have time to lock down their rosters.
“It does give every NHL team in existence right now the opportunity to get their stuff together to make sure they’re protecting the right players,” Jones said. “I think it’s a little more difficult for the guys in Seattle, whoever is running that team, to kind of steal away the kind of players that Vegas was able to get.“
Seattle’s NHL team will look to follow the success of the Vegas Golden Knights, who advanced to the Stanley Cup Finals in their inaugural season.
Now that Seattle has been named the National Hockey League’s latest expansion team, let’s get “Kraken” on potential franchise names.
Yes, Kraken is one of the suggestions.
Totems, Emeralds, Rainiers, Sockeyes, Renegades, Sea Lions, Seals, Evergreens, Whales, Cougars, Eagles and Firebirds also made the list of 13 potential names the Seattle ownership group registered for the city’s latest expansion team.
According to ESPN Sports Business Reporter Darren Rovell, oddsmakers in Vegas have the “Seattle Totems” as an early-minus favorite.
One name absent from the list is the Seattle Metropolitans, the name of Seattle’s former team that became the first American club to win a Stanley Cup in 1917.
Despite the history, NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman didn’t seen keen on adding “Metropolitans” to the list.
“I don't like to speculate and since ‘Metropolitans’ hasn’t been submitted to us as a possible name I will reserve judgment, although it is worth noting we do have a division by that name and so...you know...that was a long time ago,” Bettman said in Tuesday’s press conference.
Another potential name: The Seattle Starpucks. OK, so we know this name isn’t in the running, but it is definitely worth consideration.
Legendary sports columnist Mike Downey has a suggested name for Seattle's NHL franchise:— Sam Farmer (@LATimesfarmer) December 4, 2018
Seattle’s franchise won’t join the league until the 2021-22 NHL season, but it certainly hasn’t stopped us from speculating which name will reach the top of the “Totems” pole.
Seattle finally has its long-awaited NHL team. The league unanimously approved adding Seattle as the NHL’s 32nd franchise on Tuesday.
While hockey fans in Seattle have a lot to celebrate right now, many may start to wonder if this will be a gateway for an NBA franchise to return to the Emerald City?
NBC Sports NBA Insider Tom Haberstroh shared his thoughts on the possibility of an NBA team joining Seattle in the future:
“With betting-related revenue and a fresh TV deal lining the pockets of NBA owners, business is booming in the league. It seems like a ripe time for NBA expansion, right? Unfortunately, there has been no talk about expansion.
Even if the league decides to add a team to its field of 30, Las Vegas may have jumped Seattle in line. It's a much friendlier climate for gambling these days and the league already has built roots with Summer League there. While the NHL news makes me more bullish on the NBA following suit, I don't see a good chance that Seattle gets its team back in the next five years. But in the next 10? I feel better about those prospects.”
Haberstroh says it’s not off the table for Seattle to get a team in the form of a relocation by another team. He noted Memphis could be the next NBA team to be sold.
“Keep an eye on the Memphis Grizzlies who could move back to the Pacific Northwest if owner Robert Pera decides to cash in and sell the team. But don't expect that to happen anytime soon; Pera told season ticket-holders in the past year that he's committed to the city of Memphis.”
NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said in May that the league has no significant plans to expand right now, noting he wanted to keep his focus on “creating a competitive 30-team league.”
While an NBA team won’t likely call Seattle “home” anytime soon, one can only dream of the sweet possibilty.
Dreams do come true. Seattle will officially get an NHL team.
The National Hockey League’s Board of Governors announced Tuesday that Seattle has been awarded an expansion franchise that will begin playing at remodeled KeyArena in October 2021.
“Today is a historic moment in Seattle sports history,” Tod Leiweke, CEO of NHL Seattle said in a press release.“ Our fans are at the core of this movement to bring an NHL team to Seattle and today we celebrate in honor of them.”
Fans have long expressed a desire to bring an NHL team to the Emerald City. In March, Seattle ownership launched a season ticket drive that surpassed the NHL’s season ticket goal of 10,000 in just 12 minutes, and so far, the NHL to Seattle movement has 32,000 depositors for season tickets.
It’s been nearly 100 years since the collapse of the Seattle Metropolitans, the first US-based team to win a Stanley Cup in 1917. The Seattle Totems, the city’s professional ice hockey team from 1944-1975, won three championships in the Central Hockey League, but fell apart after acquiring a substantial amount of debt.
While it’s uncertain if the Metropolitans or Totems will ever resurface, the Seattle Cougars, Eagles, Rainiers and Sockeyes, amongst others, are all in play for the 32nd NHL team’s name.
The NHL’s expansion could also unearth a push for a Seattle SuperSonics revival. The former Seattle NBA team was shipped off to Oklahoma City in 2008 by owner Clay Bennett. WNBA Champions, the Seattle Storm, currently occupy KeyArena, where Seattle's new NHL team will play.
Can you imagine what it would look like to have another professional basketball team back in the Pacific Northwest? Welcome back, Seattle vs. Portland Trail Blazers rivalry.
The Portland Diamond Project Thursday made it official, its preferred site for a proposed baseball stadium in Portland is the Port of Portland’s Terminal 2.
The terminal is located on the Willamette River, north of the Pearl District. The media release from PDP:
PORTLAND DIAMOND PROJECT ANNOUNCES AGREEMENT IN PRINCIPLE WITH PORT OF PORTLAND TO DEVELOP TERMINAL 2 PROPERTY Portland, OR – November 29, 2018 – Portland Diamond Project (PDP), the organization behind the effort to bring Major League Baseball to Portland, today announced it has signed an agreement in principle with the Port of Portland to develop the Port’s 45-acre Terminal 2 property, according to PDP Founder and President Craig Cheek. “We believe this has the potential to be a transformative landmark project for this city,” Cheek said. “Building an iconic, state-of-the-art ballpark along the Willamette River will catalyze economic development and capture great views of both the urban scale of the city and regional character of the Pacific Northwest.” This letter of intent with the Port kicks off a collaborative process with the City of Portland, and local communities, to create a Major League Baseball ballpark and community destination.
“We're committed to building a sustainable, equitable, and accessible ballpark that reflects what makes Portland such a special place to live,” Cheek said. “That means outstanding locally sourced food and beverage amenities, environmentally sustainable construction and operations, opportunities for makers and small businesses, and an atmosphere that celebrates diversity and inclusion and is welcoming to all Portlanders.”
Terminal 2, which for decades handled commodities such as steel rail, bulk ores, and other oversized international cargo, offers approximately 45 acres of riverfront property with more than 2,000 linear feet of waterfront. The site is located on N.W. Front Ave., just north of the Pearl District and rapidly evolving Slabtown.
“For the past year, we’ve been highly focused on securing the best possible property for development of a ballpark and have deeply analyzed multiple sites,” Cheek said. “Although additional options continue to present themselves, we are excited to announce that Terminal 2 is our preferred location and want to thank the Port of Portland for being such a great partner in this vision.”
For more information visit http://portlanddiamondproject.com .
The Portland Diamond Project is hard at work looking for a potential stadium site to bring Major League Baseball to Portland.
While baseball fans in Portland are anxiously awaiting the project’s latest announcement, seven-time MLB All Star and project advisor Dale Murphy took to Twitter to answer your hard-hitting questions.
On goal for timing of a MLB team:
As soon as possible. Obviously these things take time but the city and the organization is ready for major league baseball sooner rather than later-DM https://t.co/8kuVpjaZOH— Portland Diamond Project (@PDXDiamondProj) November 27, 2018
On how Portland would develop a FARM system:
In the past, in the case of expansion, major league clubs were able to protect a certain number of players in their organization and then the remaining players go into a pool for the expansion teams to draft. Then expansion teams participate in the amateur draft the next year. https://t.co/t8iCV2aDoG— Portland Diamond Project (@PDXDiamondProj) November 27, 2018
On potential stadium sites:
We plan to make an announcement on stadium site by the end of this week. https://t.co/lUpWd436je— Portland Diamond Project (@PDXDiamondProj) November 27, 2018
Head on over to @PDXDiamondProj on Twitter to stay tuned to all the latest updates.
The Portland Diamond Project has added another notable investor to its group -- former major-league and Oregon State infielder Darwin Barney.
“The timing is real good for me,” Barney, who just spent his first summer in retirement after an eight-year major-league career with the Cubs, Dodgers and Blue Jays. He was in spring training this year with the Texas Rangers but decided to walk away from the game. “I never envisioned being an owner of a major-league team but I never envisioned being a major-league player, either.
“You never know what your path is going to be, you just know what your passions are going to be. I quit playing to spend more time with my family. This came up just at the right time.”
Barney is very confident that the PDP is going to be successful in its effort to bring MLB to Portland.
“I don’t want to put a number on it,” he said. “We think the chances are really good. I would bet on it. We could be a part of history here.”
Barney starred on two national championship teams at Oregon State after a high school career at Southridge. He won a Gold Glove with the Cubs after tying the major-league record for consecutive errorless games by a second baseman.
He joins Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson and his wife Ciara as owners of the prospective team.
“We’ve really tried to bring a diverse group together,” Barney said. “With Russell and his wife we bring a lot of different platforms to spread the word."
“I’ve really been impressed with the leadership of this group,” he said. “They have the right people at the top. They get things done.”
A 16-year veteran. A 2018 WNBA MVP. And passionate city ready for another championship. The Seattle Storm, lead by all-star veteran Sue Bird and 2018 WNBA MVP Breanna Stewart, sweep the Washington Mystics in three games to take home the team's third WNBA championship.
What started as a blowout Seattle victory in game one, turned into a different story in game two. The Mystics made adjustments and nearly pulled out a tough road win. But Seattle flew east for game three already up two wins with just one more to go. The rest is history and the parade is on for Sunday.
Many NBA players took the moment to congratulate the Storm on their championship:
Congratulations to The Seattle Storm,Great job!!!— Shawn Kemp (@sk40_reignman) September 13, 2018
Congrats to @seattlestorm 🏆— Earl Thomas (@Earl_Thomas) September 13, 2018
Let's quickly look at the career of young 24-year-old Breanna Stewart. Since winning her first college national championship with dominant UCONN basketball, Stewart has known knothing but winning and winning big. She went on to claim four national titles at UCONN before being drafted No. 1 to Seattle in the 2016 WNBA draft. Two years later, she can now add 2018 WNBA champion as well as 2018 WNBA MVP and 2018 WNBA Finals MVP to her already very impressive resume.
Wow!!!! We are champs!!!!! Seattle, we are bringing the trophy home!!!!!!!!!!— Breanna Stewart (@breannastewart) September 13, 2018
Breanna Stewart is now...— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) September 13, 2018
- The youngest Finals MVP in WNBA history
- The 6th player to win regular season and Finals MVP honors in the same year
- The 3rd player in WNBA history with a 30-point game in a Finals series-clinching win
h/t @EliasSports pic.twitter.com/xMPO3xCnYk
What a career, so far, for one of the most creative passers, deadly shooters, and influential basketball players in Sue Bird. She is the oldest player in the WNBA, the all-time WNBA career assist leader, a 16-year veteran in the league, and now a three-time WNBA champion. Bird scored 14 points in the fourth quarter in just five minutes to round out a win in game one. A miraculous three-point shot with the shot clock winding down in game two to swing the momentum back in the Storm's favor. And one heck of a shoe game partnered with Boston Celtics guard Kyrie Irving. And she's not done yet.
What a tremendous season and congrats to the Seattle Storm on another WNBA Championship!