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NHL commissioner says Seattle must do more to land a franchise

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NEW YORK — NHL commissioner Gary Bettman slammed the brakes on any Seattle expansion plans Thursday, citing continued uncertainty over construction of a new arena.

Speaking to a small, closed-door session held annually at league headquarters in New York with various sports editors and reporters, Bettman said the SoDo arena proposal put forth by Chris Hansen and Steve Ballmer needs to get much further along before the league considers any expansion. The political process in securing an arena has been allowed to stall, since Hansen and Ballmer have failed to land an NBA franchise and have little interest continuing their efforts without one.

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