It’s Official, An NHL Team is Coming To Las Vegas: So Let’s Give It A Name
Pro sports is finally coming to Las Vegas -- the NHL gave its approval today for a franchise to begin play in 2017-18 at the currently-under-construction, 17,500-seat T-Mobile Center. This could begin an entire new era for Vegas, which has always been ignored by the major pro sports due to gambling, and Joe Pesci being murdered with baseball bats and buried in the desert.
Now there's pro hockey, and possibly down the line, the NFL -- if Raiders owner Mark Davis has his way. Many are still skeptical that a major pro franchise will be successful there, but it was time to take a shot. This will be the first NHL expansion since 2000 (Minnesota and Columbus). Vegas beat out Quebec City for the franchise spot.
Next on the agenda:
* William Foley, the new owner, has to pay a $500 million exansion fee to the league. That's like the strange fee on your cable bill that you don't quite understand, such as the "FCC Users Fee" or the "Universal Connectivity Charge." Only instead of $12.05 it's $500 million.
* The team needs a name. Foley is said to be fond of "Black Knights", but there's a problem there, as every Monty Python fan knows.
I've heard Las Vegas Skating Elvi, and the Vegas Sin. Also: Atom Bombs, Bones, and Flamingos. My choice of course would be Las Vegas Wayne Newtons. Your ideas are better hopefully. Put 'em in the comments below, or post 'em on Twitter or Facebook.
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