NHL Board Approves Seattle Expansion

Law360 (December 4, 2018, 9:02 PM EST) -- The National Hockey League's board of governors Tuesday unanimously approved Seattle's application to host the league's 32nd franchise, with the yet-to-be named team scheduled to begin playing in 2021.

An ownership group headed by movie producer Jerry Bruckheimer and private equity CEO David Bonderman will pay a $650 million expansion fee to bring major-league professional hockey to the city for the first time in nearly a century, the NHL said in a statement.

"Today is a historic moment in Seattle sports history," Tod Leiweke, CEO of NHL Seattle, said in a statement. "Our fans are at the core of this movement...

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