Mayor Ed Murray says he met with NBA Commissioner Adam Silver and NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman on a trip to New York this week to reiterate the city's interest in bringing both leagues to Seattle.
Murray held the meetings Monday on his way to the U.S. Conference of Mayors.
According to Murray, it was his first meeting with Silver. While Silver said Seattle remains an attractive city for an NBA franchise, the league does not have any plans to expand at this time.
Murray said the city remains "keen on bringing an NHL team here," and that Bettman recognized Seattle's value as a home for a future franchise.
Seattle's hurdle for both leagues is a suitable arena. Environmental studies on a proposed arena are not expected to be ready until the middle of 2015.
SEATTLE (AP) - January 23, 2015
Alec Wintering sank a 3-pointer at the buzzer to lift Portland to a 72-69 win over Pacific on Thursday night.
Wintering, who scored seven of his eight points in the second half, extended Portland's narrow lead to 69-66 with a pair of free throws with 19 seconds to go, but Pacific (10-10, 2-6 WCC) tied it 10 seconds later with a 3-pointer from Dulani Robinson. Wintering then took the ball to the other end and fired just ahead the buzzer, hitting the bucket for the win. Kevin Bailey led Portland (12-8, 3-5) with 21 points and Thomas van der Mars added 17 points while grabbing eight rebounds. Pacific trailed by as many as 11 points in the second half but closed the gap with a 12-3 run that briefly gave the Tigers the lead 62-60 with 3:46 to go before Portland edged back. Robinson led Pacific with 17 points. PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - January 23, 2015
Andrew Andrews connected on a straightaway jumper with one second remaining, lifting the Washington Huskies past short-handed Colorado 52-50 on Thursday night for their third win in a row. Nigel Williams-Goss had 16 points to lead Washington (14-4, 3-3 Pac-12), which won at Colorado for the first time in its last five games here. Andrews finished with 12 points on 3 of 12 shooting from the floor, connecting on his last and most important attempt. Colorado (9-9, 2-4) was without two of its best players. Josh Scott remained sidelined with a back injury and Xavier Johnson sat out to serve a one-game suspension for violating a team rule.
Jaron Hopkins had 11 points. Wesley Gordon added 10 points for Colorado, which lost its fourth in a row.
After a Colorado turnover with 34 seconds left the Huskies worked the clock until Andrews got a decent look from just beyond the foul line and knocked down the decisive jumper. BOULDER, Colo. (AP) - January 23, 2015
Seattle University Rallies Past Chicago State 75-67
Isiah Umipig scored 30 points as Seattle University ended the game on a 16-0 run to defeat Chicago State 75-67 on Thursday night.
Umipig was 8 of 12 from the field, including 7 of 11 from 3-point range, and hit 7 of 8 from the line.
Jarell Flora hit three 3-pointers and finished with 19 points for Seattle (10-8, 3-1 Western Athletic Conference). The Redhawks were 10 of 19 from 3-point range.
Joshua Meier led Chicago State (4-16, 0-3) with 20 points and 10 rebounds. He was 7 of 11 from the field and a perfect 5 of 5 from the stripe. Sean Hill hit four 3-pointers and finished with 14 points.
Chicago State scored 17 unanswered points to take a 59-49 lead, but missed its final nine field goals of the game. CHICAGO (AP) - January 23, 2015
Tyler Harvey scored 35 points as Eastern Washington remained unbeaten at home with a 95-85 win over Northern Colorado Thursday night.
The Eagles, bouncing back from a road loss at Sacramento State, built a 23-point lead in the first half, 50-27, and the deficit proved too large for Northern Colorado's second-half surge.
The victory keeps Eastern Washington (14-5, 5-1 Big Sky) tied with Montana, a 51-42 winner over Northern Arizona, and a game back of the conference-leading Hornets. The Eagles now are 9-0 at home.
Playing without Venky Jois for the second straight game, Eastern Washington had five players score in double figures. Parker Kelly matched Harvey's 5 of 9 shooting from 3-point range and finished with 15 points. Drew Brandon added 14 points, Ognjen Miljkovic 11 and Bogdan Bliznyuk 10.
Tim Huskisson and Jordan Wilson scored 21 and 20 points, respectively, to lead Northern Colorado (9-8, 4-2).
CHENEY, Wash. (AP) - January 23, 2015