Campaign to Land NHL Team Heats Up

With the Las Vegas Arena project hitting major development milestones recently, discussions of a major sports franchise appearing in Las Vegas are intensifying. After talk of a new MLS franchise coming to the city essentially hit a speedbump, the NHL is the new major sports league targeted by local entrepreneurs.

With the Las Vegas Arena project recently hitting major milestones, talk of bringing the region its first major league sports franchise is heating up. After efforts to land a soccer team hit a speed bump, local entrepreneurs are turning their attention to the National Hockey League.

Bill Foley, the prospective owner of an NHL expansion team, recently launched an initiative to secure at least 10,000 season ticket deposits as a sign of the area’s commitment. Should the campaign fail to attract a team, all deposits will be refunded.

With 7,000 season ticket commitments already in, Foley and his partners, the Maloof brothers, are just 3,000 short of their goal. According to The Las Vegas Review-Journal, due to the positive response, Foley is eyeing a June meeting with the NHL Board of Governors.

The Maloofs, who owned the Sacramento Kings between 1998 and 2013, have a track record in major-league sports. Foley’s quest has also received support from Gov. Brian Sandoval.

The team would be housed in the arena project being developed by MGM Resorts International and Anschutz Entertainment Group. Scheduled to open in the spring of 2016, the venue could accommodate 17,500 for hockey. AEG owns the Stanley Cup champion Los Angeles Kings, and Dan Beckerman, the firm’s CEO, has expressed confidence that the Las Vegas market could support an NHL franchise.

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