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By Marc Lawrence — CBS Sports reports that Seattle’s new NHL team will be the third sports franchise in the country to offer free public transportation to their games. The yet-to-be-named Seattle franchise joins the NBA’s Golden State Warriors and Phoenix Suns in offering this amenity. “We’re a very environmentally focused city,” said Rob Johnson, NHL Seattle’s vice president of transportation and a former Seattle City Council member and transit advocate. “One of the best ways for us to reduce our environmental footprint is to get people onto public transit and reduce the number of folks that are driving.” The public transportation will be a part of the city’s new light rail extension that is set to be completed in 2021, which is the year NHL Seattle is expected to enter the league for its first full regular season. Of course, it’s not just about the environment. Johnson also said that he wanted to keep the maximization of the fan experience in mind when making this decision, referring to the outdoor Kings-Avalanche game where traffic was so bad, fans demanded refunds due to how much of the game it forced them to miss. “We’re very cognizant of that fact and that fan-experience impact,” Johnson says, “and we’re starting to hope that other sports franchises are going to be cognizant of that fact, too.” Hooray for Seattle.
NBA Trend Of The Day
From this week’s Playbook Basketball Newsletter: The Philadelphia 76ers are 0-10 ATS as road dogs of 2 or more points.
Grinding Out The Profits
You’ll be reading of this in the 2020 Playbook Football Preview Guide Magazine, but here is an advance report for Coffee Club regulars: Alabama’s biggest loss in the offseason occurred when Georgia swiped Tide strength coach Scott Cochran, the first real crack in the Nick Saban era. Cochran was a staff member on all six of the national Championship teams that Saban has coached at Alabama. Player after player credited Cochran for helping them become their best. It’s said that he oozes with energy and enthusiasm and will also take on the added role as a special teams coach with the Bulldogs. Chalk one up for Georgia head coach Kirby Smart.
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