Seattle Mayor Ed Murray is currently in Washington D.C. for the U.S. Conference of Mayors. But before he arrived in the nation’s capital, according to a statement released this afternoon by his office, Murray met in New York with NBA Commissioner Adam Silver to talk about an eventual return of the NBA to Seattle, and also with NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman about the future of NHL hockey in Seattle.
The good news? These meetings happened.
The bad news, at least in terms of a return of professional basketball? According to the mayor’s office, the NBA “has no plans to expand at this time.”
Referring to the sit down as his first with NBA Commissioner Adam Silver, Murray says in a statement distributed to the media that, “While Commissioner Silver said Seattle remains a very attractive city for an NBA franchise with our NBA championship heritage and enthusiastic fan base, the league has no plans to expand at this time.” The mayor goes on to reassure us that, “The city will continue to do our part to bring NBA basketball back to Seattle.”
The city’s NHL prospects, on the other hand, may be slightly brighter. “We are very keen on bringing an NHL team here, and the commissioner recognizes the value we would bring as home to a future franchise,” Murray says. “We will continue to work toward that shared vision.”
Of course, all of this, in one way or another, depends on an arena that has yet to be built. Seattle’s Department of Planning and Development recently informed Murray that the environmental impact study it’s tasked with conducting has been delayed, prompting the mayor to call for a review of the timeline and greater transparency in the process.