When it comes to NHL TV, Sonics owner wants more hockey in Seattle
Seattle Sounders owner Paul Allen has been a vocal supporter of the NHL for a decade and a half.
And he knows that with the Seattle Sounders now playing at the CenturyLink Field and the team set to begin play at the new Mercedes-Benz Stadium, he and the league’s owners have had enough.
Allen has been outspoken about the league as he continues to try to build an ownership group that is willing to support the team.
But with Seattle Sounders season just two games old, he said the league is having to figure out how to best make the playoffs.
“It’s a difficult thing to do.
There’s a lot of pressure and a lot going on and a little bit of a lot more to figure things out,” Allen said in an interview with ESPN.
The Sounders are on the brink of the playoffs and are headed into their final week of the regular season against the Colorado Rapids in the Western Conference semifinals.
They need a win against Colorado to advance to the conference championship round.
The Sounders were able to make the playoff last year despite the league losing star players like Clint Dempsey, Jozy Altidore and Mauro Rosales.
Dempsey retired last year, and Altidores departure in the offseason led to the Sounders becoming the first team in MLS history to lose at least three stars to the expansion team.
Allen’s passion for the league has been well documented, but he has not been the only one who has voiced his support for the team and its fans.
Allen, who owns the Sounders in a partnership with SBC Communications, has made it a point to speak at the league awards show and has been one of the only voices of support for Seattle fans at the event.
While Allen is a fan, he has also said that he is concerned about the state of the Seattle market.
He has also spoken about his concern for the Sounders, even going so far as to say the team is not a good fit for Seattle.
When asked if he thought the team would be successful in Seattle, Allen said, “Yes.
The Sounders have struggled to break into the postseason for the past two seasons and were eliminated in the first round of the postseason in 2014.
The team had to rely on injuries to key players like Dempsey and Mauros and a shaky defense to keep their playoff hopes alive.
The team has not made it to the playoffs since 2011 and was eliminated from the playoffs in 2012.
In an effort to improve its fan base, Allen has said that the Sounders will make an effort in their stadium to create more social interaction and to make it a more welcoming environment for the fans.
“The goal is to make this stadium a more dynamic and social place,” Allen told ESPN.
“I don’t think that we’re going to get there overnight.”
Allen and the Sounders have had a number of big-name players leave the team in recent years.
The most notable departure was Clint Dempsey and the Seattle Mariners who signed the MLS All-Star forward in 2013.
Dempsey had been with the Sounders for five years, but signed with the Philadelphia Union last summer.
The next player to leave the club was Jozy Augur, who was traded to the Colorado Avalanche.
The Avalanche signed him to a two-year deal and he has played for the Colorado Buffaloes and Portland Timbers.
Allen has long been vocal about wanting to have a bigger fan base in the Seattle area.
Allen said that as the Sounders continue to try and create more interest in the team, he wants to be a part of it and have a chance to support them.
“If we don’t get the chance to have that opportunity, then we have to look at it in a different way,” Allen explained.
“We’re not going to have the best of luck in Seattle.”