It appears that the NHL might be getting their 31st team (that feels weird to say). According to sources, the NHL have settled on Las Vegas to be the home of the next NHL franchise. This is all set to happen as long as the organizers can come up with the 500 million dollar fee. This fee makes the last expansion in 2000 look like chump change when the Columbus Blue Jackets and the Minnesota Wild paid 80 million dollar for their expansion teams.
Even though this is a win for the NHL, it is even more important for the city of Las Vegas. This is their first professional sports team, and they will soon be a relevant city in the sports world.
NHL commissioner Gary Bettman also considered a couple other destinations such as Seattle or perhaps even another team in Toronto, aside from the Maple Leafs. Quebec City was also considered for an expansion as well. But the NHL ultimately settled on Las Vegas, as expected. Because you know, no better place to play hockey other than the Mojave Desert.
The proposed team, which has not been named yet, would play their hockey in the T-Mobile Arena, which is located in south Las Vegas. The arena seats about 17,500 fans and just opened this past Spring. Good to see all the sports gamblers will be able to bet on something that is close to home.
With the Raiders attempting to move to Vegas, the NHL could be the start of the sports world intersecting with the gambling world in the party Mecca.
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