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MJLO

Professional sports in Las Vegas

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Of all places right now, I think Las Vegas should have a major league team. Has there been any talk on it. You would think that the city that places money on everything, would have a home team to bet on. The area certainly is garnering enough residents as of late to have a big enough market, is it something that the residents of the Vegas area want?

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They are too busy gambling, shopping, getting married, getting drunk, riding rollercoasters, and doing everything else for sports i guess! lol

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maybe an NBA team. isnt one of the future All-star games set for Las Vegas? but im not sure if Las Vegas could support a major league team....

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With a metro of 2mil I think it could happen but...there are some things that need to be considered.

1. Out of state residents team preferences. A lot of Dodger and A's and Angels and Laker and etc....that does not include the mix of military residents who come from all over the 50 states and other countries.

2. The freakin summer heat...I don't see how the folks in arizona deal with it. Baseball in Vegas I don't see at all.

3. Gambling is a major factor...but there is hope. A new NFL commish. Tags hated Vegas with a passion but the new man in charge might not. I can see NFL here. We are only 3-4 hours away from a huge market without a team. Plus think of what that would do for the casinos and clubs when there is a home game...IE NFL is the best fit.

4. This is Laker territory and I can understand that case closed.

5. Do people in Vegas really care about hockey..NO they don't there is just too much to do here. If the teams sucks then lights out parties over for that franchise.

6. Soccer...need I say more

The NFL is the best bet. No competition from another dominate team. And the region is devoid of a major football franchise. The population is big enough to support a team. Look at the Carolina Panthers as a model. Metros are about the same size...no dominate team in the region and the area is growing every year. However I would never betray my Panthers though...but taking my son to a pro football game is priceless.

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With a metro of 2mil I think it could happen but...there are some things that need to be considered.

1. Out of state residents team preferences. A lot of Dodger and A's and Angels and Laker and etc....that does not include the mix of military residents who come from all over the 50 states and other countries.

2. The freakin summer heat...I don't see how the folks in arizona deal with it. Baseball in Vegas I don't see at all.

3. Gambling is a major factor...but there is hope. A new NFL commish. Tags hated Vegas with a passion but the new man in charge might not. I can see NFL here. We are only 3-4 hours away from a huge market without a team. Plus think of what that would do for the casinos and clubs when there is a home game...IE NFL is the best fit.

4. This is Laker territory and I can understand that case closed.

5. Do people in Vegas really care about hockey..NO they don't there is just too much to do here. If the teams sucks then lights out parties over for that franchise.

6. Soccer...need I say more

The NFL is the best bet. No competition from another dominate team. And the region is devoid of a major football franchise. The population is big enough to support a team. Look at the Carolina Panthers as a model. Metros are about the same size...no dominate team in the region and the area is growing every year. However I would never betray my Panthers though...but taking my son to a pro football game is priceless.

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Las Vegas needs a NFL Team and a NHL Team ASAP ! so many people are moving from

the Northeast & mid west to Vegas and we or they are use to having teams ! Are their any plans

to build a New Stadium like Arizona Cardinals new one & or an New Arena for an NHL team

If you build them , then they will come ! either new expansion teams or buy and move some teams that

are in trouble and on the way out such as in the NFL Buffalo Bills before they land up in LA or the Bengals

and in the NHL The Buffalo Sabers, Florida Panthers, New York Islanders, Etc....

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I can see NHL being successful in Vegas. Lot's of people there from the Northeast and Midwest who probably played it frequently. I lived in Tampa Bay for two years, and the Lightning is extremely popular there...It helps that lots of people are there from the Midwest and Northeast escaping from colder climes.

I think the NBA is a good fit for the area, but like the other posters said, LVNV is Lakers territory. Orlando, which to me is the East coast equivalent to Vegas in many ways has an NBA team which hasn't really been very successful in recent years, and lots of people who live there aren't from there and have loyalty to their home teams. I'm a Heat fan, and that was a four-hour trip to Miami vs. 90 minutes or so from Orlando.

As for NFL, if they could have an outdoor stadium in hotter-than-hell-from-April-to-October Tampa, it can happen in Vegas in a dry heat, but is the market large enough? Las Vegas Valley is about as big as Metro Orlando, and O-town's loyalty is split among Jacksonville and Tampa and even Miami. I guess since Las Vegas is more isolated than Orlando, with so many LA transplants in the area who are starving for NFL, and who the hell cheers for the Cardinals? I guess it could work. I guess I answered my own question.

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Vegas Review Journal, on a story about the building of a 405million dollar arena. Clarke County commisioners have reservations about using so much tax payer money to subsidize a venue for a profesional sports team.

But commissioners questioned the prudence of that after a consultant working for the task force reported to the commission that basing a pro sports team in the arena would require an annual public subsidy of nearly $27 million

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I don't see Las Vegas getting professional sports anytime soon mainly because of the gambling, MLB said it won't give LV a team until it makes betting on baseball illegal.

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There were rumors about the possible relocation of the Sacramento Kings to Las Vegas if Sacramento cannot build a new arena for the team. Kings owners Joe and Gavin Maloof have ties to the Las Vegas as co-owners of The Palms Hotel & Casino. In November 2006, California voters rejected a proposal to fund a new arena for the Kings in Sacramento.

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This is a city where you dont need a home sports team. Just build a stadium and invite everyone else to play in it. You would have the best of all sports teams just visiting and playing. You would not have to worry about filling it up with all the visitors either.

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Jerry Bruckheimer the producer of C.S.I. Las Vegas has expressed interest buying an NHL team though it has not been confirmed, this could be the first move to bring professional sports to Sin City. If the NHL does grant Las Vegas a team it would be due to expansion because there are no teams currently ready to switch cities.

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Looks like the Seattle Supersonics will not be moving to the Las Vegas area afterall, rumors say they will move to Oklahoma City instead.

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