1. Welcome to SportsJournalists.com, a friendly forum for discussing all things sports and journalism.

    Your voice is missing! You will need to register for a free account to get access to the following site features:
    • Reply to discussions and create your own threads.
    • Access to private conversations with other members.
    • Fewer ads.

    We hope to see you as a part of our community soon!

Come hell or high water -- Vegas wants a pro team

Discussion in 'Sports and News' started by Flash, Aug 23, 2007.

  1. Flash

    Flash Guest

    NHL or NBA, who's first?


    Associated Press

    8/22/2007 11:11:15 PM

    LAS VEGAS (AP) - Casino giant Harrah's Entertainment Inc. announced Wednesday that it will partner with AEG, the company that brought David Beckham to the Los Angeles Galaxy, to build a 20,000-seat arena in Las Vegas capable of housing an NBA or NHL team.

    The US$500 million arena, behind the Bally's and Paris hotel-casinos on the Las Vegas Strip, is projected to open in 2010. It's a step toward attracting a pro sports franchise to a city that has tried to persuade reluctant league officials to look past its legalized sports betting.

    The deal puts a dent in Mayor Oscar Goodman's plans to have an arena built downtown with the help of tax breaks, but he said such plans would go forward. The site for the Harrah's-AEG arena, a block east of the Strip, is in unincorporated Clark County, outside city limits.

    Gary Loveman, the chief executive of Harrah's, which is being bought by two private equity firms in a US$17.1 billion deal, said the development was ''very much a part of our master plan for Las Vegas.''

    Harrah's has yet to fully detail its long-awaited vision to link or redevelop its nine hotel-casino properties in Las Vegas, including Caesars Palace, Flamingo, Harrah's and Bally's, which are near the same intersection.
  2. Armchair_QB

    Armchair_QB Well-Known Member

    Given what's going on with the NBA right now I can't see them jumping at the chance to put a team in Vegas.

    The NHL on the other hand...
  3. Flash

    Flash Guest

    Can think of any number of NHL teams which could move ...
  4. hockeybeat

    hockeybeat Guest

    Las Vegas Predators has a fitting ring...
  5. wickedwritah

    wickedwritah Guest

    Las Vegas Predators
    Las Vegas Hurricanes
    Las Vegas Panthers
    Las Vegas Lightning
    Las Vegas Oilers
    Las Vegas Flames
    Las Vegas Penguins

    I'll stop there.
  6. Flash

    Flash Guest

    Las Vegas Coyotes?
    Las Vegas Thrashers?
    Las Vegas Blue Jackets?
  7. Flash

    Flash Guest

    Considering the Oilers and Flames have been sold out for two seasons ... doubtful.
  8. wickedwritah

    wickedwritah Guest

    Touche, though making it in the Alberta flatlands ain't easy.
  9. Armchair_QB

    Armchair_QB Well-Known Member

    I was thinking of an expansion team.
  10. expendable

    expendable Well-Known Member

    Las Vegas Senators
    Las Vegas Canadians
    Las Vegas Islanders
    Las Vegas Rangers
    Las Vegas Capitals
    Las Vegas Red Wings :D
  11. Flash

    Flash Guest

    Oh dear God no ...
  12. Armchair_QB

    Armchair_QB Well-Known Member

    One in Vegas. One in KC. Move Nashville to the East.

    Two 16-team conferences with two eight team divisions each. Top four in each division make the playoffs with the first two rounds played with in the divisions.
Draft saved Draft deleted

Share This Page