Posted: December 7, 2021, 01:49 NS.
Last updated: December 7, 2021, 02:18 NS.
Major League Soccer (MLS) is targeting Las Vegas as one potential home for the next expansion team.
MLS Commissioner Don Garber said today in the state of the annual league that Las Vegas is an ideal market for professional football. At his virtual press conference, MLS CEO explained that NBA Milwaukee Bucks co-owner Wes Edens of Billionaire is interested in pursuing the MLS expansion team in Las Vegas.
[Las Vegas] I'm excited about the market. "Gerber said in a virtual conference video call.
MLS currently has 27 franchises, but is expected to grow to 27 in the future for years with the new team of Phoenix and San Diego. The 30th team — Las Vegas is an odds-on current favorite — will not play until at least 2024, Gerber explained.
Las Vegas was shunned by the professional sports league before the US Supreme Court in 2018, when it overthrew the Commonwealth. Prohibition of sports betting outside Nevada. However, since its groundbreaking SCOTUS decision, Sin City has become a major sporting destination.
Las Vegas is today home to the NFL Raiders, NHL Golden Knights, and WNBA Aces. MLB Oakland A is also strongly considering relocating to southern Nevada.
Gerber said A's decision would not affect MLS and Las Vegas. Commissioners say the casino's capital is more than it can accommodate many professional sports teams.
I was impressed with what's happening in Las Vegas, and I've been in the sports business world for a really long time. "Gerber said.
The Commissioner added that Las Vegas has been considered by MLS as a host location since the league was founded in. .. Gerber says he met Carolyn Goodman, the mayor of Las Vegas, and her husband, Oscar (former mayor of Las Vegas), many times during his career in Las Vegas and professional football.
However, Gerber believes the team is most likely to actually come to Las Vegas. He justified that the Golden Knights debut in Las Vegas was probably "the biggest expansion launch in the history of professional sports."
"We are very bullish on the market and will continue to move forward," Gerber declared.
The Golden Knights did something almost unthinkable in the first season of playing at the NHL. The extended franchise has 2017-18 oddsSeason / 1 wins the Stanley Cup in the first campaign. They were almost successful, but lost to the Stanley Cup Finals in five games against Winnipeg Jets.
Stadium plan is approaching
The MLS venue will not cost nearly $ 1.9 billion to build the Allegiant Stadium in Raiders. Mr. Gerber said discussions on the MLS stadium in Las Vegas are ongoing and details are expected in the coming months.
However, Allegiant is the perfect venue for the Las Vegas MLS team. The MLS schedule runs primarily in the opposite direction of the NFL, and its dome function alleviates concerns about extreme heat during the summer.
Several MLS teams will play home matches at the NFL Stadium, including New England Revolution (Gillette Stadium), Atlanta United FC (Mercedes-Benz Stadium), and Chicago Fire FC (Soldier Field).