NHL in Las Vegas

I’m here in Las Vegas on vacation and Bally’s has just announced that it is building a 20,000 arena that it expects to house NHL and NBA Teams.

Price tag - $500 million and it is expected to be finished in 2010.

Must be nice to have money.

I’d take a quarter of that for a new stadium for us!

Not a penny from taxpayers. That’s how we should fund a stadium - casino revenues and corporate money!!

I think the NHL in Las Vegas would be more of a spectacle, almost like going to see Cirque du Soleil or something.

I guess there's nothing too wrong with that, it's just a shame that a tried and true hockey market was passed over in the name of the almighty dollar.

No doubt they will have slot machines all over the arena and betting on the games.

It would be so difficult to sell season tickets there seeing how no one really lives there to begin with. So really you would have to rely on tourism to fill a large percentage of the building and that could be very diffcult and unpredicable.

Not a penny from taxpayers. That's how we should fund a stadium - casino revenues and corporate money!!
Maybe in a perfect world but then again there really isn't a place like that generates money like Vegas. With the whole referee betting scandal I really don't see the NBA and even the NHL really pursuing Vegas.

Over 1.56 million people live in the near vicinity, and the population is expanding at a rather rapid rate.

But, yes, I can just imagine promo's in hotels directing visitors to pick up free tickets at the hotel desk.

Given the Tim Donaghy scandal involving alleged officials' gambling, I would say there is ZERO chance the NBA will go to Vegas.

An update on the scandal is at http://www.courant.com/sports/basketbal ... 3494.story .

Like Bob McCown of Prime Time Sports (who has lived in Vegas), I believe that Vegas would be ripe from one pro sports team from either the NHL, NBA, or MLB.

I think the NHL would have the best chance, given the NBA being in hot water and MLB's known aversion to gambling of any kind post-Black Sox scandal.

Oski Wee Wee,

I wouldn't be surprised to find the Nashville franchise in Kansas City in the next few years. I doubt del Biaggio got involved in that bid just to keep the team in Tennessee.

what does vegas hockey have to do with the Tiger Cats?

slot machines at every seat.

3 Guesses - Hint -> it's connection has not been broached yet?


the nhl should go to vegas, they got nothing to lose.

they should hrie showgirls to run around the stands, have some performers do some shows during the intermission, they should even hire ric tocchet to be a bartender.

the CFL couldn't survive there!!

If it does come to pass, does that mean at the home opener, Dennis K.C. Parks will sing the national anthems?

actually they are opening two arena is vegas, one on the strip for locals and one by harrahs. There is gonna be too much violence and crimes going down there with all drunks, gamblers, thugs, and wannabes crowded into one area.

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Here is a little early proof why I think it will never never work.

LAS VEGAS (AP) -- Kobe Bryant regards Las Vegas as Lakers country. So where were all his fans on opening night of the FIBA Americas tournament?

Not at the Thomas & Mack Center, where the Americans debuted before a crowd that was less than half what they drew last month for a scrimmage game.

honestly who cares about an olympic qualifying tournament, im a big time basketball fan and i dont even care, Vegas only cares about big time sports, big names, showstopper, fiba/international basketball is about teamwork , fairplay and all that BS, vegas wants big time sports, sexy names and big hype.

No NBA team Vegas will get will have all these names on it

L James
C Anthony
D Howard
J Kidd
K Bryant
C Billups
D Williams
M Redd
T Prince
A Stoudemire
M Miller
T Chandler

That's an all-star team for sure, I would love to see those players in action. However, they beat Venezuela 112-69...what's exciting about that?